The Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC) is committed to encouraging the growth of startup companies in the veterinary space. We are always looking to connect with startups and help them grow.
There are three main ways that we help startup companies:
- We provide general advice about the veterinary space, who to connect with, and adjacencies and collaborators who might not be immediately evident
- We provide direction for access to resources and potential investors
- We create spaces for startups to interact with each other
Some specific events that we are involved with include:
Veterinary Student Internships within Startups
The Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy (VEA.vet) is a unique 12-week program
that combines startups, students, universities and veterinary practices to accelerate animal health innovation.The goal of the VEA is to educate, inspire, and activate veterinary students as they are transformed into future leaders and innovators within the veterinary and pet industries. It is designed to empower these students with the mindset and skills to thrive in the changing world of animal health.By combining a summer curriculum in entrepreneurship with a practical internship in a startup company, we deliver a unique program which advances student learning and accelerates new products and services from some of industry’s most promising companies.
Pitch Competitions and Conferences
The Veterinary Innovation Summit at Texas A&M
The Veterinary Innovation Summit brings together thought leaders who operate on the periphery as new startups or right in the core as CEO’s of major vet healthcare organizations. The summit takes place on Texas A&M’s campus in early April and highlights startups in everything from exhibitor space and speaking opportunities to workshops and pitch opportunities to veterinarians.
Startup Circles at VMX
The veterinary profession’s most innovative startups, products or services that are revolutionizing our field. Startup circles is a competitive opportunity for early stage startup companies to demonstrate their products to a wider community and compete in a pitch competition for upwards of $25,000 cash! No strings attached.
The Pet Project
We have partnered with The Pet Project at VMX, but they certainly haven’t limited their growth to just our relationship. They offer a pitch competition for startup companies operating in the veterinary space.
KC Animal Health Corridor
We don’t have an official relationship with the KC Animal Health Corridor, but they are certainly an organization worth looking at. They offer opportunities for later stage startup companies. The investment opportunities there are large and can certainly help to accelerate growth.
Incubators and Accelerators
Our initial assessment shows that there are not enough incubators and accelerators to cater to the growth of the veterinary startup space. There are plenty of models out there, but none that are specifically dedicated to the veterinary space. One model that has demonstrated traction in the UK is vHive and we’d love to hear more about your experience with incubators and accelerators.
70+ Companies Targeting The Pet Industry : An quick map of companies moving into the veterinary space
A strong list of veterinary startups and their investments
We want to know more about your needs.
Do you have specific questions and needs? Let us know. To learn more about how the Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC) can help you please email VIC@NAVC.com.