MONTREAL — Pet wellness startup Healthybud raised $650,000 CAD ($508,014 USD) in its recent seed funding round, bringing its total investments to $1 million CAD ($782,035 USD). The company plans to use the investments to expand its sales, operations and marketing teams and fund its paid marketing strategies.

David Ngo, co-founder of Earth Rated, led the funding round, which received participation from Bernard Prevost, co-founder of MissFresh, and other entrepreneurs in manufacturing, entertainment, advertising and consumer goods industries.

Ngo will support Healthybud as an advisor, providing advice and guidance on business activities to the pet wellness startup.

"After speaking with Healthybud's founders for the first time, learning how they started Healthybud during the pandemic and grew it to where it was, I immediately knew they were the real deal,” Ngo said. “Not only do they have amazing products and an amazing brand, but their personalities, tenacity and passion are what really attracted me to invest in their company and also come on as an advisor. I'm honored and excited to be joining Healthybud on their journey and to be part of their success story.”

Healthybud’s current product offerings span complete-and-balanced, freeze-dried pet food, premium meal toppers and human-grade, natural treats.

"We're proud of the high-quality, superfood-packed dog wellness products we've developed,” said Kyle Feigenbaum, co-founder and chief executive officer of Healthybud. “Our key supply chain partners are ready to scale with us so we're shifting focus to growth strategy, marketing and new acquisition channels.”

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