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NAVC Announces Inventory Ally as Winner of Seventh Annual VMX Pet Pitch Competition

Emmitt Nantz
31 Jan 2024
NAVC Announces Inventory Ally as Winner of Seventh Annual VMX Pet Pitch Competition

Exciting news has just rolled in! Inventory Ally has won the seventh annual VMX Pet Pitch Competition, announced by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). This prestigious award comes with a $5,000 prize, a coveted membership in Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Network, and an exclusive invitation to the annual Innovation Summit, which will be hosted at Nestle-Purina headquarters in St. Louis, MO.

Out of a competitive pool of 60 applicants, Inventory Ally emerged as one of the three finalists. These front-runners were showcased in the VMX Startup Circle, providing a platform to introduce their innovative products, services, and solutions to leading veterinary professionals and practice decision-makers attending the Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) 2024.

“Inventory Ally’s work and recognition in winning this award reminds us all of the critical importance of helping veterinary practices run more efficiently, utilizing the latest innovations and resources available, so they have more time to spend treating and caring for patients,” said NAVC CEO Gene O’Neill. “We are continually impressed by the caliber of startup candidates participating in our annual competition. All three finalists raised the bar this year, presenting innovative products and solutions that enable veterinary practices to provide the best health care to animals of all kinds.” 

Inventory Ally offers an inventory management program designed to optimize costs, reduce shortages, and streamline inventory management processes. With its affordable monthly subscription and user-friendly interface, Inventory Ally empowers veterinary professionals with dynamic, intelligent replenishment capabilities accessible from any computer or mobile device.

“We’re grateful to NAVC for providing a platform like the VMX Pet Pitch Competition and Startup Circle, allowing us to showcase Inventory Ally to veterinary professionals and industry innovators,” said Emmitt Nantz, co-founder of Inventory Ally. “Winning this year’s competition is particularly special for us as it follows our previous success at NAVC’s Veterinary Innovation Summit last fall. Being acknowledged in both contests is a testament to the innovative solutions we bring to the table. Inventory management is undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects of running a veterinary business, and we’re thrilled to see how Inventory Ally is alleviating headaches for veterinary professionals. This win fuels our commitment to help hospitals reduce inventory costs, streamline processes and save time for the dedicated veterinary teams.”

The VMX 2024 Pitch Competition judges included:

  • Jules Benson, BVSc MRCVS, Nationwide Insurance Vice President of Pet Health and Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Cindy Trice, DVM, hound Chief Veterinary Officer and NAVC Board Member
  • Ainsley Bone, DVM, MBA, Quantum Vetz founder
  • Jennifer Welser, DVM DACVO, CityVet Chief Strategy Officer

VMX, the world’s largest and most comprehensive veterinary conference, has been hosting the Pet Pitch Competition since 2018, showcasing innovation and fostering growth within the veterinary community.

NAVC Announces Inventory Ally as Winner of Seventh Annual VMX Pet Pitch Competition
Pictured from left to right: event judges Cindy Trice and Jennifer Welser, winner of the VMX 2024 Pet Pitch Competition Emmit Nantz, along with judges Ainsley Bone and Jules Benson