10. K9 Nation

Company: K9 Nation

Founder: Becky Baker

Website: https://k9nation.dog/

About K9 Nation

K9 Nation is helping dog owners live their best lives with their dogs. Our mission is to create a holistic platform that fosters a thriving community for dog owners and enthusiasts alike. We understand the unique bond between humans and their canine companions, and our app is tailored to enhance the lives of both pets and their owners.

Our journey began in 2017 when founder Becky got her first dog, Buddy. Becky quickly began to understand the challenges of pet ownership, including a lack of centralised resources, difficulties in finding pet-friendly places, and limited avenues for pet-related interactions and support. With a background in legal tech, Becky set out to try and fill this gap in the market. Whilst working full-time and bootstrapping the business, an early MVP was built to bring the vision to life and then in March 2020 K9 was successful in raising its first investment.

The primary problem K9 set out to solve was to bridge this gap and create an integrated platform where dog owners could connect, access valuable information, and enrich their dogs’ lives in various ways. K9 Nation Limited envisioned a single hub for pet owners to explore pet-friendly locations, discover new walking routes, seek expert advice on training and healthcare, share experiences, and engage with a like-minded community.

Having raised £230k in pre-seed funding to date, we have delivered two market test products in our bid to understand what it is dog owners need and want. With over 11,000 downloads, we are now confident in the vision for our go-to-market product.

We currently have an open investment round to raise funds to build the next version of the product and take it to market with plans for rapid growth. We also have a pending Innovate UK application for a feasibility study to undertake a project to explore the opportunities within Open AI/ Chat GPT. We are looking to create a new framework for community-led platforms which allows us to model open-sourced data based on community input and interaction.

Looking ahead, we are excited about the future prospects for K9 Nation Limited. We are looking to harness the power of emerging AI technology and apply this to the pet tech sector. Our aim is to continue to build a product that creates an engaged dog owner community worldwide and delivers personalised experiences for dog owners and their dog’s individual needs.

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