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Mad Paws, Australia’s Wag, raises $5M led by airline giant Qantas

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SoftBank’s Vision Fund invested $300 million into dog walking app Wag earlier this year, and a new deal on the other side of the world is evoking similarities.

Mad Paws, an Australia-based startup that offers dog-walking, pet-sitting and other services for the fluffy friend in your life, has pulled in a $5 million investment led by Qantas, the $8 billion-valued Australian airline.

Yes, it’s certainly not your average startup or investor, but already there are synergies between the two parties.

Qantas integrated Mad Paws into its flight booking website in December to let pet owners get their animal looked after when they travel, while the two have also integrated to allow Mad Paws customers to earn airline points when they use pet care services.

Mad Paws was founded in 2014 by then-student Alexis Soulopoulos after he spent time looking after a friend’s dog.

The service began focused on pet-sitting, but it has expanded to cover dog walking, grooming and training.

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