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Greenies founder joins uPetsia as an Advisor

September 12, 2022

uPetsia is excited to have Joe Roetheli join as a company advisor. In 1996 Joe and Judy Roetheli founded Greenies

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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.

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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.

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uPetsia named a 2022 Pet Care Innovation Award winner by Purina

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.

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uPetsia 2022 Purina PetCare Innovation Prize Finalists

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.


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