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Startups Giving Us More to be Thankful for (2021 Edition)


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Carl Niedbala - Founder Shield
Carl Niedbala

COO & Co-Founder

It is that time of year again, when we gather with our loved ones for Thanksgiving and reflect on what we are thankful for. Here at Founder Shield, we have so much to be thankful for; we have had a year full of growth and opportunity and we are lucky enough to work with some of the most exciting and ground-breaking companies in the world. Many of these companies are doing a lot of good in the world and like we do each year, we want to shine a light on just a few of these outstanding teams and say thank you for making the world a better place!

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Animal Cell Therapies is a veterinary biotechnology company founded by a veterinarian to address the needs of an under-served, aging pet population. As scientists and doctors, pet lovers and pet owners, Animal Cell Therapies, Inc., is devoted to giving animals the best life that science can provide. Their mission is to develop and standardize pure and potent high quality stem cell treatments for orthopedic and chronic diseases in animals to improve the quality of life of pets, increase treatment efficacy and provide consistent, easily produced, products that can be easily administered in an outpatient setting. We are thankful for them because here at Founder Shield, we all love our pets!


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Good Today lets anyone in the world become a philanthropist with as little as one quarter a day. Good Today is a subscription over-email nonprofit platform that enables subscribers to allocate mico-donations to different charities on a daily basis. Subscribers sign up to give between $.25 – $1/day and every day members receive an email in their inbox detailing a cause of the day and two relevant charities tackling the problem that they can select to direct their daily donation towards. Their members are individuals and small companies who find meaning in the simplicity of giving a small amount alongside a greater community while learning about different important causes. 

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Package Free is on a mission to make the world less trashy, offering 100% sustainable goods, all in one place.  Package Free sources their products from individuals and brands with missions to create a positive environmental impact. The company has a strict packaging policy, and since opening have helped a number of their partners to improve their plastic usage and waste.


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CitiesRise is a NY not for profit who provides social services that bring awareness to mental health. Their goal is to improve mental health specifically among young people by connecting the community to mental health practitioners. They drive change through city and community based programs that provide mental health education and treatment to people in communities that are underserved. They also provide strategies for removing the stigma surrounding mental health related issues. 


Clyde empowers businesses—from startups to enterprises—to offer extended warranties and accident protection to their customers. Clyde gives businesses the opportunity to offer an exceptional customer experience. Clyde’s plans cover warranty extensions, wear and tear, water damage and even accidents, for up to five years. We are thankful they exist because their warranty platform not only drives revenue and customer loyalty for businesses, but peace of mind for customers when something goes wrong.


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


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