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Native Pet Founders Share How They Won Their Arch Grant

Thursday, March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm • Organized By Venture Cafe St. Louis
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On the 1st week of each month, Arch Grants founders share their insights on how to grow a successful startup.

Dan Schaefer will share his experience applying to the Arch Grants Startup Competition multiple years in a row and what he thinks contributed to him being selected for the grant in 2020!


Dan Schaefer
Dan Schaefer is co-founder and CEO of Native Pet. Dan has experience in both corporate strategy and corporate finance having spent the last 3+ year of his career prior to Native Pet at the Boston Consulting Group. He attended the University of Michigan Ross School of Business for his MBA and currently lives in St. Louis with his wife, two children, and dog.


Native Pet helps our customers take the lead on their pet’s health & nutrition. We make products that really do what we say they will, targeting specific problem areas with results you’ll see and your pet can feel.

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