K9 Nation

WHAT PROBLEM IS K9 Nation SOLVING?

The website and app allows dog parents to share crucial information and advice to care for their dogs and provides a curated directory of dog-friendly products and services across the UK. Last year Becky Baker went on a two-month road trip around the UK to find some of the top dog friendly spots in the UK. Becky also recently launched a community initiative the ‘K9 Clean up’ to encourage dog owners to pick up litter while out dog walking in the UK from 28-31 August.

Founder and CEO of K9 Nation, Becky Baker, said, “When I got my dog Buddy as a puppy, I felt overwhelmed by the responsibilities of dog ownership and was in constant need of information and guidance – from dog-walking spots and puppy daycare, to local vets and products. As I spoke with dog owners across the UK, I realised there was a need for a community that provided this information. I’m delighted K9 Nation has found investors and commercial partners who share our mission to build a global community of support.”

WHO INVESTED?

K9 Nation was among six start-ups shortlisted from over 30 candidates to take part at a virtual pitch event facilitated by RTC North and NorthInvest as the culmination of investor readiness programme Innovate2Succeed.

Following a successful pitch and intensive investment readiness coaching from RTC North, K9 Nation secured investment from NorthInvest angel investors. Furthermore, it secured commercial support from Leeds-based software development agency, Nephos Solutions to enhance the platform.

NorthInvest Investment director and investor in K9 Nation, Jordan Dargue, who also joined the K9 Nation board as non-executive director said, “I’m delighted to join K9 Nation as a Non-Executive Director and help an exciting business develop. As an avid dog lover, I appreciate the market opportunity K9 Nation presents, and combined with a strong commercial offering we very much look forward to driving growth with a larger fundraise in the autumn.” Dargue will also lead a further fundraise of £250,000 later in the year.

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