Unlocking Accelerated 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.


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 companies, tech innovators and emerging opportunities to deliver turnkey programs from ideation to execution. To schedule a presentation on how we can help you unlock results through innovation, please send us an email.

  • Navigate & Find: Global Innovation Network
  • Understand & Vet: Creative Business Strategists
  • Activate to Solve: Experienced Project Management

Startups & New Tech

How do you navigate the challenge of working with large corporations to get deals done to grow your business? Who are the real decision-makers, with real budgets that want to innovate? How do you position your platform and deliver results for brands?

To receive more details including testimonials from fellow startup and new tech innovators that we have helped crack Fortune 500 advertisers – please send us an email.

  • Access Elite Network of Corporate Decision Makers
  • Introductions for Revenue Generation
  • Tentpole Corporate and Investor Events
  • Positioning New Media To Established Advertisers
  • First-To-Market Deals
  • Ad Package Creation & Consulting Services




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

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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.

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.

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



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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Top 5 Startups from Collision Conference 2017

With over 20,000 attendees from more than 110 countries, Collision is America’s fastest growing tech conference. In between Jazz Fest weekends, hundreds of startup founders gathered in New Orleans to show off the latest innovations – here are the companies that...

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Top 5 Startups from TechDay NY

TechDay NY, the largest startup showcase in the US, had 500+ startups out on Pier94 showing what is next to over 35,000 attendees. Popular trends ranged from food delivery services to Fin-Tech, as well as a vast number of incubators to help accelerate the growth of...

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Upcoming Events
  • 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
  • March 9-18: SXSW – Austin, TX
  • March 19-22: Advertising Week Europe – London, United Kingdom
  • February 12-15: Advertising Week LATAM – Mexico City, Mexico
  • 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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Email: info@venturefuel.net


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