If your pet is injured or sick and needs care between veterinary visits, Kate McDaniel and Wendy Evans can help.
The two MU veterinary students started House Collars to provide basic clinical services that don’t require a visit to the veterinarian.
“For example, if your dog is hit by a car and needs daily bandage changes or rehabilitation, we want to be able to provide these small, frequent visits inside the home to make sure the animal is recovering as it should be, and also within the comfort of its own home,” McDaniel said.
The two were promoting their business at Startup Crawl CoMo on Tuesday night, a networking and showcasing event for startup businesses hosted by Missouri Business Alert.
McDaniel said they received a lot of positive feedback on their idea from vets and pet owners, but as veterinary students, they weren’t sure they were able to start their own business.
That changed after McDaniel and Evans won Startup Weekend, a pitch competition held last weekend.
As the winner of Startup Weekend, House Collars was given a table at Startup Crawl CoMo.
Since winning the competition, they have seen more interest in their business.
“We’ve had seven appointments set up for this week without any marketing,” McDaniel said.
“My tips for people who, say, have an idea, but aren’t really sure how to go for it is just to start getting out into the community,” McDaniel said. “Places like Columbia, Missouri foster such a creative and entrepreneurial environment,…
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