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First Pet Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

Shameless Pets it the winner of Pitch Slam.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Pet Innovation Challenge, hosted by Factory and sponsored by New Hope Network, is a new event that highlighted innovative and emerging pet health brands and tackle the opportunities and challenges of the current pet health industry. The event recently took place at Factory in Bethlehem, PA, and attracted pet lovers, industry members, entrepreneurs and investors.

Ten pre-selected, cutting-edge pet health companies kicked off the event with a live pitch slam competition. The Winner of Pitch Slam was Shameless Pets, a different way to enable concerned pet owners to do their part for the planet by focusing on upcycling within pet treats.

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As the winner, Shameless Pets received $1,000 and a free booth at Natural Products Expo East 2020.

The other competing brands included Animal Biome, microbiome testing and supplements for health and wellness; Because Animals, a biotechnology company creating pet food made with cultured meat; Chippin, the “Beyond Meat of Pet Food”; Hachi Tami, a smart cat litter box that helps early detection of chronic kidney disease; Jiminy’s, dog food and treats using insect protein; Maranda, veterinary-approved lab tests from home; Mella Petcare, a first-generation thermometer device that allows for non-rectal temperature readings; Obe, a patented pet health and wellness system using smart technology for personalized dog wellness and nutrition; Primal Health, a patented, clinically-proven drinkable dental prebiotic.

The event also included the Innovation Challenge bringing pet health leaders, entrepreneurs, and industry veterans together for hands-on problem solving in a mastermind solutions event.

The winners of the challenge were:

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1st Place: TEEF!, a potentially breakthrough scientific idea addressing a universal problem with a simple consumer proposition. The company was awarded $5,000 and 60 hours of Factory services.

1st Runner Up: Because Animals, a big idea that deserves all the help it can get to make it a reality. The company was awarded $1,000 and 10 hours of Factory services.

2nd Runner Up: Chippin, a platformable idea to address the increasingly salient climate change issue, by millennials for millennials. The company was awarded $1,000 and 10 hours of Factory services.

Animal health expert Katy Nelson, a veterinarian and host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy,” led the keynote address discussing the state of the pet industry, and her work with pet-related companies from Fortune 500 corporations to pet start-ups.

The 10 pet health brands presented their biggest challenges to the larger group, and then attending participants were assigned to groups based on their experience and skillsets to brainstorm and collaborate on finding real-time solutions.

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Gang Bakery Unleashes First Ohio Store in Cleveland

Grand opening celebration will last through Dec. 21.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Woof Gang Bakery will celebrate the opening of the company’s first Ohio store with a grand opening event through Dec 21.

The new Woof Gang Bakery location in Shaker Heights is a locally owned franchise, offering professional pet grooming and a wide selection of healthy pet foods, gourmet baked treats, toys, accessories and pet supplies.

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The grand opening celebration is in full swing and will last through Dec. 21. Throughout the event, customers can enter to win “pawsome” raffle prizes including free pet food for a year, free dog treats for a year, stylish collar and leash sets, a gift basket filled with dog toys and more pet pampering products. Customers will also receive an upgrade on all pet grooming appointments booked during the grand opening period.

Ohio natives Natalee and Joe Gilk are the franchise owners of the new Woof Gang Bakery store. They are eager to provide customers and their pets with wholesome pet foods, quality products and full-service pet grooming in a welcoming, neighborhood setting.

With Joe’s 26 years of experience in the pet industry, the Gilks bring expertise and commitment to the well-being of their furry clientele.

“Because we adore animals and know that pets are a part of our families, it’s our goal to provide our customers with personalized service, meet their individual needs and provide them with the best products and grooming services to keep their pets healthy and happy,” said Natalee Gilk.

Natalee and Joe share a customer-focused business approach and enjoy meeting neighbors and their pets. The couple is committed to being a positive force in the local community and animal rescue. Their own family includes a rescued miniature Dachshund named Cloe.

Woof Gang Bakery is a specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America, with more than 130 locations open or under development in the U.S.

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iHeartDogs.com Holiday Dog Shelter Food Drive Tops 1.3M Meals

The goal had been 500,000 meals in four days.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Online retailer and pet media sensation iHeartDogs.com announced the results of its fundraiser from Black Friday to Cyber Monday shopping on iHeartDogs.

“We launched an ambitious goal to raise 500,000 meals in just four days which had never been done before and our community responded in ways that completely blew our minds. Together we raised 1,300,000+ meals for shelter dogs in need. It was a Christmas Miracle,” said Justin Palmer iHeartDogs.com CEO.

The iHeartDogs.com team then launched its Christmas Miracle event a few days later — with partners GreaterGood and ZestyPaws — surprising 10 rescues with much needed meals, supplies and beds to get as much of the donations out as possible for the holiday season. Rescues were surprised with neatly wrapped pallets of food, a social media corner to showcase dogs that need a home and surprises for the pups.

The entire event was made possible by the what the iHeartDogs team calls their true Heroes — customers who choose to shop on iHeartDogs.com and make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs everywhere.

“We are so thankful for all the heroes who join us at iHeartDogs.com to do incredible things in the world — we couldn’t do this without them” said Marshall Morris, president.

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Cat Writers Conference Looking for Speakers

It’s set for July 16-18 in Woodbridge, NJ.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Cat Writers’ Association announced its call for speakers for its 26th annual conference and awards banquet at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge, NJ, July 16-18, 2020.

The association is looking for industry leaders, motivators and creative talents to present dynamic and educational sessions. CWA is seeking proposals for sessions, workshops and panels that will inspire, motivate and empower attendees. Proposals are accepted for various forms of written, visual and audio media platforms to further all stages of their careers and business development. Emphasis will be put on speakers who may have not spoken at a CWA conference before, or those with new content.

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Examples of topics, include but are not limited to: how to pitch agents and editors, making career moves that lead to increased income, publishing in all its aspects (print and e-books, magazines, online, etc.), grammar tips, editing skills, social media growth and development, tips on column, anthology, or fiction writing and back-to-basics skill workshops.

Proposals will also be welcomed on topics such as: smartphone photography and videography, workshops on how to use photo editing and digital design programs for social media platforms, effective podcast or public speaking, using humor to educate, communicating with cat-speak and casual language and more.

CWA is an organization devoted to sharing positive and relevant communications and information about anything cat-related to the general public; sessions do not have to specifically pertain to cats. CWA welcomes a variety of sessions, some of them cat-centric in nature, but for the most part, sessions should be able to stand on their own, educating and informing in a general sense.

The CWA is a nonprofit organization and is unable to offer monetary compensation for travel or presenting. Speakers receive a ticket to the full conference venue as well as one-night hotel room accommodations at the host hotel. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.

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