CLT pet startup Skiptown scoops up $27M – WRAL TechWire


CHARLOTTE –  Skiptown , the Charlotte-headquartered pet services startup that also provides social experiences in eight U. S. cities, has scooped up more than $27 million in new funding, including strategic investment from two growth investors.

The company, founded in 2018 as The Waggle Company by Meggie Williams, is also a graduate of a Techstars Accelerator program.   It launched as an on-demand dog walking service, operating through a mobile application.

Now, the company has expanded to provide dog daycare, boarding and grooming services for dogs and cats, and opened a dog bar plus dog park in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood.

With the funding, the company will continue to expand into new markets, Williams said in a statement .

A securities filing shows that the company brought in $27, 357, 129 from six investors in the latest fundraising round.

Two of the investors were Focus Impact Partners, LLC, and Meaningful Partners LLC, the organization disclosed.

Charlotte dog walking startup Waggle Co. raises additional $150, 000

What comes next

“Their intense focus on purposeful profits plus positive people impact aligns with our mission, and, together, we’ll establish Skiptown as the preeminent nationally recognized brand for pups and their people, ” said Williams of the two strategic investors.

As a part of the deal, Steve King will join the company’s board of directors.   King brings experience as the chairman and CEO of Dave & Busters Entertainment Inc. and the COO and CFO associated with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.

Williams noted that the addition of King to the company’s board of directors will benefit the company due to that prior experience in the consumer services sector.

“With an innovative combination of premium pet services, engaging social experiences, and a scalable technology platform, we believe Skiptown is poised to expand significantly and create many more positive impactful outcomes for its employees and customers, ” said Wray Thorn, partner and co-founder of Concentrate Impact Partners, in a statement.

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