DogBase Techstars Recap:  Turning Potential into Progress

DogBase Techstars Recap: Turning Potential into Progress

Our DogBase team is excited to announce significant momentum since our time at the Techstars Tech Central Sydney accelerator.
Almog Koren
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Techstars Recap:  Turning Potential into Progress

Our DogBase team is excited to announce significant momentum since our time at the Techstars Tech Central Sydney accelerator. There, we connected with a full lineup of startup mentors, tech experts, and investors to propel DogBase to the next level. Having secured $120,000 in startup capital through Techstars, we are proud to report significant progress in the months to follow.

Almog Koren CEO & Founder - presenting on stage

Driving Measurable Momentum

Through a combination of angel investors and pre-sales to both a UK military unit and Teva Hakelev training center specializing  in training dogs to be used against domestic violence, we have raised an additional $80,000 for a total of $200K raised to date to continue fueling our mission. We launched the DogBase Team's Web App during Techstars mentor madness. While our early adopters are averaging 9.2 logged trainings sessions and 46.7 minutes of training time within 30 days with over 10,000 minutes logged to date, we are most inspired by their referral activity. That’s because our users are inviting an average of three additional users within 30 days. 

Setting Key Benchmarks

We are eager to continue expanding our focus to the search and rescue, general working dog, and competitive dog sports markets in the coming years. Our Techstars mentors were instrumental in helping us affirm the viability of these markets. Along the way, AI will continue to be instrumental to our efforts. These AI integrations have been noticed on the global stage. As a result, we have been invited to present at the World Police Summit 2024 in a first-ever AI workshop.

Focusing on Actionable Improvements

In the same spirit of continuous improvement we have embraced from the beginning, we consistently seek out and integrate user feedback. Our in-depth data analytics, ease of use in the field, and seamless user interface have garnered especially positive feedback from our growing user base. Meanwhile, our team of full-stack frontend, backend, product, mobile, and ML/AI engineers is committed to embracing user insight to drive improvements. 

Upholding Our Commitment

Thanks to the Techstars team, we have been able to refine our strategies to adopt a system of ongoing progress. We’d like to give special thanks to Kirstin Hunter for her strategic planning experience, Lauren Fong for her key investment acumen,  Jenny Rudd (Entrepreneur-in-Residence) for her pragmatic insight, Simon Scarf (Entrepreneur-in-Residence) for his firsthand expertise with tech platform scaling, and Gwen Masonsong (Operations Associate) for her advisory on internal efficiencies. 

While we are inspired by how far we’ve come, our progress only strengthens our resolve toward revolutionizing dog handlers and K9 teams on the global stage. In turn, we are committed to going above and beyond the expectations of our mentors who have placed their faith in DogBase to support the K9 teams we serve. These include Luke Rix who we greatly appreciate for his expertise in startup scaling, Chio Verastegui for her strategic insight with an emphasis on investing, Ged Mansour for his invaluable perspective on communications, and Coach Leighroy for his wide-spanning expertise in finance, operations, strategy, and beyond.

Reaching a Successful Demo

The path to a seamless demo was truly made possible by the startup mentors, tech experts, and investors we connected with through Techstars. We encourage you to explore our demo day video below as a culmination of our efforts.

Closing Remarks

With optimal working dog health at heart, DogBase is raising the bar for safety and performance. Looking forward, we are eager to continue elevating working dog interactions and performance across industries while striving toward smarter features, easier user experiences, and heightened performance. Thanks to the Techstars team, our trajectory is on the path to global adoption. Together, we can continue to make a difference one K9 at a time. 

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What our customers says about us


DogBase is one of the few K9 logs that caters specifically to Search and Rescue (SAR). I am a relatively new user, but impressed by the amount of versatility it has to offer. I've used other K9 logs in the past, but they were focused on Law Enforcement and were not as detailed for SAR work, as is DogBase. Detailed record keeping is essential if you want to learn to identify the good and the bad in your training routines and to maintain your credibility as a search team. In my opinion, DogBase does the job.

Ken M
Training Officer & K9 Team
Catron County Search and Rescue

So far it's been a great app. Starting to switch completely over to it

Curtis D
K9 Handler
SAR Unit

I am so glad that I was invited to "test" this. I dreaded do my logs books and couldn't find an easy method. This platform is easy and so far all updates have made it easier and clear to fill out. I hope that we can continue to use it. I also like that I can check on more of my own team members and what training they are logging.

Nadine R
K9 Director

I have tried a lot of different ways to track my training for my Search and Recovery dogs. DOG BASE is by far the best and easiest to use. Love it!

Aaron T
K9 Handler

I am loving using Dogbase! It is providing such great value in training my dogs and I plan to continue to use it for as long as I possibly can. I love the amount of information that you are able to log for each training session. Before, I was using the old school notebook method for keeping track of my training sessions. Now, with using Dogbase, I have access to SO many more variables that I wouldn't have normally thought to log before that can possibly make a difference in future training sessions.

Kristin R
K9 Handler
Pekelny Pes Working Dogs

While I am still introducing myself to the software, it has already shown its potential for replacing log books entirely for myself and others on my team. Not only is it one less item to keep track but the simplicity makes it more motivating to complete log books.


DogBase is making the administrative side of detection logs that much more efficient. I enjoy the clean and simple-to-use interface and the ability to submit logs on the go through mobile. Being able to print log reports helped to streamline my process. I like that DogBase staff are constantly working to make the program better and improve accessibility. Customer support is quick to respond and fast to problem solve and help with whatever is needed.

Samantha S
Training Coordinator
Laurel Mountain K9 Search & Rescue

This App has undoubtedly made our training more efficient with clear documentation of progress. Definitely making the training more progressive instead of just repetitive. It's easy to use, relevant for the training we conduct, and the customer support is awesome.

K9 Handler

I was tired of using Excel spreadsheets where I had to remember all the information when I was finally able to sit down and enter it. I like DogBase because I can use my phone and fill it out during training while all the information is fresh. Its easy to go down the list and fill out each part and in the end I have all the information I want to keep track of for my HR and Airscent K9.

Heather S
K9 Handler & Treasurer
Alamo Area Search and Rescue

Absolutely love this application. Such ease of use and able to track everything. Same format for all trainings and love the information added based on time and location. This will be a game changer in record keeping for SAR dogs.

Berbel S
Air Scent K9 Handler
Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County

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