futalis, a Leipzig, Germany-based provider of an individualized dog food that is produced according to all relevant nutritional aspects of each individual dog ensuring an optimal nourishment for particularly demanding and disease-prone canines, has received seed funding from the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF).
The company intends to use the funds to launch its products starting in April 2012.
Founded in 2011 by veterinarian and nutritionist Stefanie Schmidt, and Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) graduates Janes Potthoff and Christian Hetke, futalis developed out of a research project of veterinarians from the Institute of Animal Nutrition at the University of Leipzig. Based on nine scientifically proven criteria (breed, age, weight, activity level, breeding behavior, illness, allergies and predispositions), the company determines the nutritional needs of each dog in order to derive an individual recipe and craft an optimal food that precisely meet these needs.
Such a customized food, whose concept was patronized by the director of the Institute of Animal Nutrition Prof. Manfred Coenen, helps avoid diet-related problems such as obesity, growth disorders, kidney stones, pigment disorders, allergies and digestive disorders.