Unlocking Corporate Growth

We navigate the startup landscape for innovative solutions to unlock accelerated growth for our clients. At the forefront of cutting-edge technology and emerging opportunities globally, we apply new ideas and creative marketing strategies to specific challenges.

Global Innovation Network

We run startup competitions and tech experiences in Tokyo, Sydney, Mexico City, London and all throughout the United States. Our Global Innovation Network consists of founders, VC’s, research labs, seed investors, angel investors, incubators, accelerators and our trend scouts that enable us to keep our corporate partners ahead of what is next.

Fueling Tomorrow’s Great Ventures

VentureFuel accelerates the growth of new technology and emerging opportunities through strategic partnerships with our Fortune 500 clients. We are experts in facilitating and activating partnerships that generate significant revenue, increased valuations and overall exposure for your growing company.

Corporates

At our core, we are corporate innovators that work as an extension of your team to build innovation programs to solve specific challenges, deliver tangible results and discover first-to-market opportunities from the Museum of Ice Cream to the latest pioneering technologies. We are 100% independent, sourcing from our global network of the best investors, scouts, founders and academics to find only what has sustainable and scalable impact for our clients.

The pace of change will only accelerate and this furious velocity is creating seismic opportunities and disruptions. We are here to help you stay ahead of what’s next and identify powerful new ways to capitalize on change.

Investors & Startups

How do you navigate the corporate spaghetti to identify real decision-makers, with real budgets, that want to activate rather than just play innovation tourism? How can you gain exposure, serious consideration, and drive revenue with corporate partnerships? We work with the largest companies in the world and are always looking for break-through opportunities, pioneering tech, and unique solutions to corporate challenges.

For Investors, we provide the above opportunities for your portfolio as well as provide you with corporate trends, insights and collaborative deal flow.

Visionaries

An exclusive club for the elite change-agents embracing new opportunities and mitigating risks to imagine new business models and outsized results for their companies. Current members include CMOs, VCs, Angels, up-and-coming disrupters, futurists, technologists, corporate innovators, break-through marketers…the people making a tangible impact within innovation.

Applications are now open! If accepted, you will receive unprecedented and advanced access to the hottest emerging companies and pioneering technologies as well as exclusive programming including thought leadership events with break-through founders, VCs and corporate luminaries. Our events happen all over the world from our Innovation Brew Series to special programming at Cannes, SXSW, CES, etc.

Apply Now to become a Visionary

Meet the Visionaries

About

Fred Schonenberg

Fred Schonenberg

Founder

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.

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.

Kayla Phillips

Kayla Phillips

Innovation Manager

Kayla comes from a diverse background in media, branding, entertainment, and finance. She has developed marketing strategies for brands, including AMC Networks and Red Bull, and has consulted on business development and expansion for an acclaimed nonprofit. Kayla has helped drive record-breaking ratings for the #1 show on cable TV through creative and data-focused media strategies, as well as helped cast Emmy-winning TV shows with A-list talent. Her varied experiences and interests provide her with an out-of-the-box perspective for uniting art + science to identify innovative brand solutions that drive effective results.

News

The Innovators Solution

Corporate innovation is one of the most dynamic, emerging, changing, challenging, rewarding, and confusing roles in the history of business. You must make bets while mitigating risks. You must evaluate that which cannot be measured. You must do the...

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Rideshare Equals Mindshare

$120 billion valuations. Hundreds of thousands of drivers. Tens of millions of riders. Companies like Uber and Lyft have ushered in an entirely new industry that has exploded, seemingly overnight. Several startups have emerged with unique, scalable opportunities for...

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What’s In Store for the Future of Retail

Fretting over your holiday shopping? ‘Tis the season! Thankfully, Nike and CoverGirl are paying close attention to consumers’ needs and have opened 2 new retail stores in New York City in the past week. We were some of the first people to check them out! These...

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ANA Trends Continued: Bring It In-House

  This is part 2 of trends from the 2018 ANA Master of Marketing Conference, where CMOs discussed their growth stories. Part 1, which you can read here, focused on Leading The Disruption and overcoming the Walled Gardens of Facebook, Google, etc. I gave a few startups...

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