Skiptown, a pet services startup based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has gotten more than $27 million in new funding. This includes a strategic investment from two growth investors. Skiptown also offers social events in eight U.S. cities.
Meggie Williams founded The Waggle Company in 2018, and it went through the Techstars Accelerator. It first appeared as a mobile app-based service for dog walking on demand.
The South End neighborhood of Charlotte is now home to the company’s newest ventures: a dog bar and dog park, as well as dog daycare, boarding, and grooming services.
Williams said in a statement that the money would be used to continue the company’s growth into new markets.
According to a filing with the SEC, the company has raised $27,357,129 from six investors.
According to the company’s public filings, two of the investors were a partnership called Focus Impact Partners, LLC, and another called Meaningful Partners, LLC.
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Williams says that Skiptown has found two strategic investors whose “intense focus on purposeful profits and positive people impact aligns with our mission” and with whom “we’ll establish Skiptown as the preeminent nationally recognized brand for pups and their people.”
Steve King will be added to the board of directors as part of the agreement. King is qualified for this position thanks to his prior roles as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and chairman and CEO of Dave & Busters Entertainment Inc.
Williams said that King’s background in the consumer services industry makes him an asset to the board of directors.
Wray Thorn, a partner and co-founder of Focus Impact Partners, said, “We think Skiptown is ready to grow a lot and do a lot more good for its employees and customers because of the unique way it combines premium pet services, engaging social experiences, and a scalable technology platform.”