Fueling Tomorrow’s Great Media Ventures

VentureFuel accelerates the growth of new technology and emerging media companies by forging strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. We have deep relationships with the most important, senior decision makers at virtually every advertiser and agency in the US. We are specialists in positioning and selling new media and disruptive technologies to bring your vision to market and scale your advertising revenue.

The Next Big Thing

We search the nation’s garages, incubators, accelerators, trade shows and business schools for the next great companies and exciting brand platforms. We vet them, curate the best of the best and then introduce them to forward thinking advertisers and agencies. Our mission is to help brands cut through the noise to authentically connect with consumers in new and buzz worthy ways.

VF Insights

Do you want to learn about the future of media and the next wave of disruptive companies? Do you want to hear from the most forward thinking advertising minds about how to build a great media company and how to partner with major brands? Send us an RFP, schedule a meeting or sign up for our newsletter.

Tech & Media Innovators


How do you monetize your audience or new technology platform? What advertisers would be interested? How do you position your platform? Who is the right contact and how do you get them to take a meeting with you?

To receive more details including testimonials from fellow tech & media innovators as well as Fortune 500 advertisers and agencies please send us an email.

  • Revenue Generation & Sales Representation
  • Positioning New Media To Established Advertisers
  • First-To-Market Charter Deals
  • Monetizing Audience While Preserving User Experiences
  • Ad Package Creation & Consulting Services
  • Building Sales Organizations

Advertisers & Agencies


Technology continues to advance with furious velocity. VentureFuel is here to help you stay ahead of what’s next and find authentic ways to make meaningful connections with today’s rapidly evolving consumers. We curate the best new media companies, tech innovators and emerging media ad platforms and then deliver turnkey programs from ideation to execution. To send an RFP or to schedule a presentation of tomorrow’s great media and technology companies please send us an email.

  • Strategic partnerships
  • Turnkey programs from ideation to execution
  • Introduction to new media companies, technologies and emerging ad platforms




An Exclusive Club For Advertising’s Most Innovative Minds

VentureFuel Visionaries are the elite change-agents in advertising – the true innovators that embrace new opportunities and facilitate the evolution of their brands. Current members include high-profile ad leaders, up-and-coming disrupters, and the under-the-radar innovators…the people who are reshaping advertising.

Applications are now open for 2018! If accepted, you will receive unprecedented and advanced access to the hottest emerging media companies, new tech platforms, and creative advertising opportunities. You will get access to exclusive events with founders, advertising luminaries, and venture capitalists as well as special programming at places like Cannes, SXSW, CES, Advertising Week, etc. You will also be invited to participate as a featured speaker in our Ask a Visionary event series and be eligible to win the Visionary of the Year.

Past Visionaries

Voting now open for the Visionary of the Year!

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Fred Schonenberg

Fred Schonenberg


Fred has 15+ years of high growth media sales experience, introducing new media formats and first-to-market products to the ad marketplace.

Known for his award-winning creative solutions and ability to forge strategic partnerships to drive revenue, Fred has deep relationships throughout the advertising industry, from top CMOs & brand managers, to agency presidents, planners and buyers across mobile, online, print, TV, experiential and out-of-home.

He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as SXSW, Ad Tech, Advertising Week, Offline Summit, Lightbox Lab, Recess Music & Ideas Festival, IAB Digital Leadership Program, etc. He is also an industry thought-leader published in everything from The Huffington Post, Media Post, The Drum, Media Daily News, Tech.co, The Mobile Insider, Modern Marketing Exchange, etc.

Most recently, Fred was the EVP of National Sales for Zoom Media & Marketing where he guided the video-centric selling strategies that built Zoom into the largest fitness digital media company in the world as well as the most successful nightlife network. His sales team was rated #1 in the industry by digital agencies and strategic planners.

Kelly McCabe

Kelly McCabe

SVP, Brand Partnerships

Throughout her decorated career, Kelly has consistently provided strategic emerging media & marketing solutions that engage highly elusive consumers. She has worked with some of the world’s leading brands – including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, McDonald’s, Unilever, Target, & Kellogg’s – to help them connect with consumers in an always evolving technology driven marketplace. Most recently, McCabe was the Industry Director at xAd, providing real-time, location-based marketing solutions. Prior she was the VP of strategic solutions at CrowdTap, a SaaS-based social influence marketing platform that enables marketers to inspire consumers to create content, drive social activity and provide real-time insights. Previously she was an EVP at Zoom Media & Marketing and a co-founder of GoCard. An entrepreneur at heart, a media expert and an over-all rainmaker! Kelly is a graduate of the University of Dayton College of Arts & Sciences. She lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood with her husband and two children.

Justin Uretz

Justin Uretz

VP of Brand Partnerships

Justin has enjoyed more than a decade in the media sales universe, creating unique programs with some of the most forward thinking marketers in the world. Living in Los Angeles, Justin first cut his teeth in the entertainment industry partnering with the likes of Sony Pictures, Disney and Paramount where he developed an extraordinarily collaborative, idea driven philosophy and a profound appreciation for true creativity that he now employs across a number of categories from automotive to food & beverage. A true storyteller at heart, Justin has spent the past eleven years studying, performing and teaching improv to whoever will listen – and, for you Founders, you may recognize him from his cameo on Silicon Valley.

Allie Feinstein

Allie Feinstein

Director of Innovation and Brand Strategy

Allie has spent her career building strategy and marketing plans for world-class brands such as Disney, Xbox, and Target while working at Dentsu Aegis, Disney/ABC and Periscope. She has developed a keen understanding of brand needs and how innovative partners can best position themselves to help brands break boundaries. Allie’s passion for entrepreneurship and media started at an early age with her family’s media & entertainment business where she had a central role in all projects, from TV & Radio programming to feature films. Allie is a proud Buckeye and avid NBA basketball fan. She is also a native Russian speaker. A creator at heart, Allie has a love of writing, video production, and storytelling. She has enjoyed telling compelling brand stories in partnership with Comedy Central and Adult Swim, among others.

Honors & Awards
  • Creative Media Award
  • Reggie Award
  • Effie Award
  • Event Marketer Winner
  • Digital Out-Of-Home Finalist for  Most  Innovative Content / Advertising Integration
Public Speaking
  • Conferences / trade shows
  • Industry events
  • Incubators / accelerators
  • Business schools / universities
Agency Relationships
  • Mediavest
  • Razorfish
  • Digitas
  • Universal McCann
  • Horizon
  • Publicis
  • Zenith
  • Garage
  • OMD
  • PHD
  • Carat
  • Hill Holiday
  • Wieden & Kennedy
  • Mindshare
  • Mediacom
  • MediaEdge
  • Aegis
  • Dentsu
  • Starcom
  • Media Storm
  • Media Kitchen Initiative
  • LM&O
Brand Relationships
  • P&G
  • Unilever
  • J&J
  • Pepsi
  • Coca-Cola
  • Starbucks
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Clif Bar
  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • Mazda
  • Ford
  • GM
  • CBS
  • HBO
  • NBC
  • Viacom
  • Showtime
  • USA
  • Turner
  • Discovery
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Disney
  • Paramount
  • Nike
  • New Balance
  • Reebok
  • Gap
  • Ray Ban
  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • Walmart
  • Diageo
  • Heineken
  • Miller Coors
  • National Guard
  • Geico
  • Capital One
  • Chase
  • American Express
  • Comcast
  • Time Warner Cable
  • DirecTV



VentureFuel Honors Media and Marketing Visionaries

(NEW YORK, NEW YORK – February 6, 2018) – VentureFuel, Inc., the full-service innovation consultancy working with Global 2000 clients to capitalize on new technology and emerging opportunities, announced the 2018 VentureFuel Visionaries, a group of the most innovative...

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Advertising Week Startup Pitch Competition

Here are the finalists for Advertising Week's first ever Startup Pitch Competition, powered by VentrueFuel.   AI & Data Category   Well Traveled is addressing the negligence of today's data industry and creating a trusted and accurate data source for travel brands and...

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Recap of Advertising Week TechX

A look back at Advertising Week NY - from our immersive innovation showcase, TechX, to the first ever Startup Summit, to the VC Power Breakfast Panel series - all powered by VF's Global Innovation Network. Email us if you would like to learn how our Global Innovation...

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VivaTech’s Most Innovative

France is one of the most dynamic countries in the international startup market, with a 30 percent increase in the number of startups created between 2012 and 2015, and the second largest startup funding in Europe in 2016, amounting up to €2.2 billion. While Cannes is...

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Top Ad Innovations from TechCrunch Disrupt NYC

TechCrunch Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans in a 3-day celebration of innovation. Below are a few of our favorites showcased in NYC that brands should know about.   Loji is a new marketing platform that leverages...

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Upcoming Events
  • Advertising Week LATAM
    • Mexico City, Mexico
    • February 12-15
  • SXSW
    • Austin, TX
    • March 9-18
  • Advertising Week Europe
    • London, United Kingdom
    • March 19-22
  • Advertising Week Asia
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • May 14-17
  • VivaTech
    • Paris, France
    • May 24-26
  • Cannes
    • Cannes, France
    • June 18-22
  • Advertising Week APAC
    • Sydney, Australia
    • July 30-August 2
  • dMexco
    • Koln, Germany
    • September 12-13
  • Advertising Week New York
    • New York, NY, USA
    • October 1-4
  • Web Summit
    • Lisbon, Portugal
    • November 5-8
Previous Events
  • May 15-17, 2017: TechCrunch Disrupt – New York, NY
  • May 18, 2017: Propelify – Hoboken, NJ
  • May 2-4, 2017: Collision – New Orleans, LA
  • April 18, 2017: TechDay – New York, NY
  • April 5-7, 2017: Angel Sumitt & LAUNCH Festival – San Francisco, CA
  • March 10-19, 2017: SXSW – Austin, TX
  • February 27-March 2, 2017: Mobile World Congress – Barcelona, Spain
  • February 21-22, 2017: Startup Grind – San Francisco, CA
  • January 5-8, 2017: CES – Las Vegas, CA
  • November 14-18, 2016: Techweek – Los Angeles, CA
  • November 14-16, 2016: Event Marketer’s EventTech – Las Vegas, CA
  • November 6-9, 2016: Web Summit – Lisbon, Portugal
  • October 26, 2016: Innovation Brew – New York, NY (watch the recap)
  • October 13, 2016: Innovation Brew – Los Angeles, CA
  • September 28, 2016: Advertising Week – Moderating panel on “Video Syndication: Social Media Gains in Importance for Brands”
  • September 26-30, 2016: Advertising Week – New York, NY
  • September 22, 2016: Tech Day – Los Angeles, CA
  • September 12-14, 2016: Tech Crunch Disrupt – San Francisco, CA
  • July 29-August 31, 2016: Museum of Ice Cream – New York, NY
  • July 29, 2016: New INC Summer Demo Day – New York, NY
  • July 21-24, 2016: San Diego Comic Con – San Diego, CA
  • July 19, 2016: Lightbox Lab: Object Normal – New York, NY
  • June 15-16, 2016: IDEAS Festival – Los Angeles, CA
  • June 8-9, 2016: RECESS Pitch Finals – Los Angeles, CA
  • June 7-8, 2016: IAB Digital Conference – New York, NY
  • June 6-10, 2016: Social Media Week – Los Angeles, CA
  • June 2, 2016: OFFLINE Summit – New York, NY
  • May 9-11, 2016: Tech Crunch Disrupt – New York, NY
  • April 25-28, 2016: Collision Conference – New Orleans, LA
  • April 21, 2016: Tech Day – New York, NY
  • March 10-16, 2016: SxSW – Austin, TX (Moderating “So You Want To Partner With A Social Media Star” Panel)
  • March 2-4, 2016: Launch Festival – San Francisco, CA
  • Feb 8, 2016: Innovation Brew – New York City
  • Jan 10-12, 2016: Recess Pitch Finals – Los Angeles, CA
  • Jan 3-8, 2016: Consumer Electronics Show – Las Vegas, NV
  • Sep 28-Oct 2, 2016: Advertising Week, New York, NY
  • Sep 21-23, 2016: Tech Crunch, San Francisco, CA
  • August 6, 2015: Moderating The Future of Convergence – Boston, MA
  • June 3, 2015: Innovation Brew – New York, NY
  • March 14, 2015: SxSW – Austin, TX (Moderating “Brand Sponsorships For Startup” Panel)
  • March 2-4, 2015: Launch Festival – San Francisco, CA



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