News & Updates
uPetsia CSO adopts a new dog
March 19, 2022
Dr. Lyons' family adopted a new member to his family. A 4 month old chocolate liver Shih-Tzu, Penny, was welcomed to the family consisting of another Shih-Tzu, Rudy, a very diverse mixed-dog, Friday, and a tabby cat, Leo. In the typical fashion of many Shih-Tzus, Penny loves having a warm lap on which to sleep.
uPetsia Accepted to Flinn Foundation Entrepreneurship Program
March 15, 2022
uPetsia (rhymes with “you betcha”) was one of seven Arizona-based, early-stage companies competitively selected to participate in the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. The program benefits include a $30,000 in funding support through a nonprofit partner, a personalized learning plan, and connections with the state’s bioscience leaders in business, research, and policy.
uPetsia solves the problem of bad dog breath by modifying natural canine oral bacteria. uPetsia’s product can be incorporated into dog treats and chews, giving dogs fresh breath with a mint aroma for several hours.
"We are honored to have been chosen for this award, and hope to positively contribute to the Arizona Bioscience ecosystem," said Scott Zentack, CEO. "As an early-stage company, the funding is significant, but more importantly, the program will provide us with additional tools to continue to grow uPetsia and attract investors."
Recently, uPetsia was named as one of five winners of the 2022 annual Pet Care Innovation Prize Sponsored by Purina. On March 24, 2022, the company will present their business to an audience of industry influencers and investors, and a grand prize winner will be chosen from the five winners at Global Pet Expo.
Purina has named uPetsia a winner of the 2022 Pet Care Innovation Prize
January 25, 2022
uPetsia was named one of five pet care startups from across the United States to receive the sixth annual Pet Care Innovation Prize powered by Purina in 2022. More than 120 businesses from 75 cities around the world applied for the 2022 Pet Care Innovation Prize. Each of the five startup winners will receive $10,000, mentoring from the Pet Care Innovation team, and the opportunity to participate in a virtual accelerator boot camp with pet experts from Purina and the pet care industry.
uPetsia named finalist for the 2022 Purina PetCare Innovation Prize
December 16, 2021
uPetsia selected as a top 10 finalist in the 2022 Pet Care Innovation Prize powered by Purina
The top five finalists will be announced at the end of January.
uPetsia named Copper Cactus Award Finalist 2021
August 20, 2021
uPetsia was named one of three finalists for Tech Parks Arizona's Start Up of the Year category in Tucson Metro Chamber's Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo. Nominees demonstrate a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, innovation, creativity and determination.