Pet sitting marketplace Mad Paws has raised a $5 million Series A round from investors including Qantas and the Scale Up Media Fund, with existing backer Tim Fung, CEO of Airtasker, also doubling down on his investment in the company and joining the Mad Paws board.
Pawssum allows pet owners to better manage the care of their pets, enabling them to book, manage, and pay for home visits from vets, and keep a record of their pet’s medical history
With 21% of dogs & 35% of cats not taken to the vet in 2016, Knose looks to strengthen the bond between vets and pet owners through a monthly subscription.
Olly’s Box offers a monthly subscription box for dogs, with each product designed to encourage dog owners to have fun with their pet and get active.
Wagga Wagga entrepreneur Lauren Geier is developing Balance Pets, an app looking to help pet owners look out for their furry friend’s health and wellbeing.
Created by Smart Sports Solutions in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Doglogbook is an app helping dog owners gather and review data about the health of their dog, its management, and its likes and dislikes.
Zeppee is a ‘Tinder for pets’ of sorts, an app that allows for the buying, selling, and rehoming of pets. Like your Tinders, it allows a user looking for a pet to sign on and begin swiping through the profiles of pets closest to them.
Pet Home Stay originally launched in 2012 as a free community site for a group of people at a local dog park. The platform founded by Bronwyn and Tom LeGrice relaunched last year as an official business to connect pet owners with a trusted network of pet sitters.
This morning, Sydney-based Mad Paws, a fast-growing marketplace for pet services, has raised $1.1 million in an oversubscribed funding round. Investors that contributed to the round include Macdoch Ventures, cofounder of HotelsCombined Michael Doubinski, Commonwealth Bank Group Executive Matt Comyn and Managing Director of Amazon Web Services Paul Migliorini.
Not everyone goes so far as to call their cat or dog their baby, but most Australians do consider their pets a part of their family, and that’s reflected in how much we spend on them: Australia spends over $6 billion a year on feeding and grooming pets and keeping them healthy. There’s a lot pet owners can control, but one of the biggest worries is what – or where – pets get up to when there’s no one home.
From the millions of cute cat videos, pictures of dogs dressed up in wacky Halloween outfits, and forums allowing people to chat about pets and ask for advice, the internet has taught us that people are crazy about their pets and may do just about anything for them. Of course, entrepreneurs have noticed and are finding new ways to leverage this love and monetise it.