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VentureFuel helps global corporations unlock the power of innovation by partnering with startups and breakthrough technologies.

Corporations

Navigating Opportunities and Disruptions

The pace of change will only accelerate. This furious velocity is creating disruptions as well as seismic opportunities. We help the largest companies in the world stay ahead of what’s next and identify powerful new ways to capitalize on change.

We de-risk innovation and deliver tangible opportunities that have sustainable and scalable impact. Our Global Innovation Network (Seed/Angel Investors, VCs, Accelerators, University Labs, Futurists and Governments) and proprietary sourcing capabilities provide an advanced pipeline of relevant and unique solutions, vetted specifically for your business. We are 100% independent, do not take equity in the startups, and work as an objective extension of your team.

Innovation Drives Tangible Business Impact!

VentureFuel Client Results: Major CPG

18.7% Sales Lift

VentureFuel Client Results: Major Alcohol Brand

5x Purchase Intent Lift

VentureFuel Client Results: Major CPG

9.3% Brand Lift

VentureFuel Client Results: Major CPG

22.8% Engagement (4x industry avg)

VentureFuel Client Results: Major CPG

73% Lift in Brand Consideration

Investors & Startups

Access to Corporate Decision Makers

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?

Access

Gain exposure to the decision makers to drive revenue through corporate partnerships. Our clients are the biggest in the world and are tackling challenges across all areas of their business. They turn to us, to find the best path to success. If your startup or investment/portfolio company can make a meaningful difference – we would love to hear from you.

Insight

We identify corporate trends and pain-points to help your investment strategy. We also can provide insights and best practices for partnering with large corporations to help you grow your business.

Do you know of a startup that could benefit from a corporate partnership?

Our corporate partners are always on the lookout for innovations that can help grow their business.

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Visionaries

The Elite Change-Agents of Innovation

Our invite-only networking group. These are the change-agents embracing new opportunities to drive outsized results for their companies. From CMOs to VCs, from Angels to the up-and-coming disrupters. They receive unprecedented, advanced access to the hottest emerging companies and pioneering technologies as well as exclusive programming all over the world with our Innovation Brew Series and special programming at Cannes, SXSW, CES, etc.

Amiah Sheppard, Visionary of the Year 2019

Amiah Sheppard
Director, Backstage LA
Backstage Capital

Investor Visionary of the Year, 2019

Jaime Fabricant, Visionary of the Year 2019

Jaime Fabricant, Director, Store of The Future Innovation & Execution
PepsiCo, Inc.
Corporate Visionary of the Year, 2019

Resources

Tools to Help You Stay Ahead

We are honored to speak at many industry conferences, write thought leadership pieces on emerging technologies and share insights from our Innovation Safaris around the world. Here are a few pieces to help our clients stay ahead of disruptions and discover new opportunities.

LIFT Summit Startup Pitch Recap
<p>The LIFT Summit featured a jam-packed morning of engaging content on leadership, innovation and not just keeping up, but staying ahead of the pace of change. In order to help marketers, VCs and investors in the room get ahead, we brought in 5 cutting edge startups from around the world for a fast and furious pitch session. Here are highlights from the 5 startup pitches.</p>

The LIFT Summit featured a jam-packed morning of engaging content on leadership, innovation and not just keeping up, but staying ahead of the pace of change. In order to help marketers, VCs and investors in the room get ahead, we brought in 5 cutting edge startups from around the world for a fast and furious pitch session. Here are highlights from the 5 startup pitches.

Published On: 2019-09-05
LEADERSHIP IN FAST TIMES
<p>Yesterday VentureFuel and Be The Machine hosted the LIFT (Leadership in Fast Times) Summit at Nasdaq in Times Square. Our goal was to bring together an elite group of leaders to discuss best practices in navigating change, driving innovation and excelling in a climate of relentless disruption. I wanted to share a few key take-aways from the all-star line-up of leaders as well as a few quotes that were captured by attendees and shared on their social media feeds from the event – #liftsummit – all hail, the wisdom of the crowd.</p>
Yesterday VentureFuel and Be The Machine hosted the LIFT (Leadership in Fast Times) Summit at Nasdaq in Times Square. Our goal was to bring together an elite group of leaders to discuss best practices in navigating change, driving innovation and excelling in a climate of relentless disruption. I wanted to share a few key take-aways from the all-star line-up of leaders as well as a few quotes that were captured by attendees and shared on their social media feeds from the event – #liftsummit... Read More
Published On: 2019-09-04
Y Combinator Summer '19 - For Brands
<p>Last week, Y Combinator's summer Demo Days took the stage in SF with a whopping 197 startups pitching to an audience of investors. While Demo Day used to be a debut for many companies, their recent startup batches often boast major valuations and impending funding even before they pitch. </p><p>The sheer number of startups to evaluate is daunting, and most are irrelevant to corporate brands, so we vetted through the full cohort to identify 5 that could be relevant for our corporate partners.</p>
Last week, Y Combinator's summer Demo Days took the stage in SF with a whopping 197 startups pitching to an audience of investors. While Demo Day used to be a debut for many companies, their recent startup batches often boast major valuations and impending funding even before they pitch. The sheer number of startups to evaluate is daunting, and most are irrelevant to corporate brands, so we vetted through the full cohort to identify 5 that could be relevant for our corporate partners.... Read More
Published On: 2019-08-29
The Best Emerging SportsTech
<p>I was fortunate to be a judge this past week in Frisco, Texas for the 9th cohort of the Stadia Accelerator, which is one of the best run startup programs in the world. Many accelerators lack focus, over-promise on their connections, and take on too many companies. Conversely, the Stadia team convenes the who’s who of the sports ecosystem to judge a well-curated group of emerging startups, focused exclusively on sports - where Stadia can make connections that move the needle. While we aren’t allowed to share the new companies we judged, we can share a few of our favorites from the demo-day reveal.</p>
I was fortunate to be a judge this past week in Frisco, Texas for the 9th cohort of the Stadia Accelerator, which is one of the best run startup programs in the world. Many accelerators lack focus, over-promise on their connections, and take on too many companies. Conversely, the Stadia team convenes the who’s who of the sports ecosystem to judge a well-curated group of emerging startups, focused exclusively on sports - where Stadia can make connections that move the needle. While we aren’t... Read More
Published On: 2019-08-01
NYC Media Lab Combine Highlights
<p>Last week I was able to mentor several startups from the NYC Media Lab, which is a public-private partnership that supports early-stage emerging media technology entrepreneurship across NYC's universities. “We launched the Combine venture platform in 2015 and have invested over $1.1M of equity-free funding into 40 startups. Over a dozen have gone on to raise $8.5M outside of the Combine,” said Amy Chen, who is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for the NYC Media Lab. Here are a few of the companies that may be of interest to our corporate partners.</p>
Last week I was able to mentor several startups from the NYC Media Lab, which is a public-private partnership that supports early-stage emerging media technology entrepreneurship across NYC's universities. “We launched the Combine venture platform in 2015 and have invested over $1.1M of equity-free funding into 40 startups. Over a dozen have gone on to raise $8.5M outside of the Combine,” said Amy Chen, who is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for the NYC Media Lab. Here are a few... Read More
Published On: 2019-08-01

Innovation Brew

Events To Showcase What is Next, Now

Our Innovation Brew series of events around the world enable leading investors, founders and corporate innovators to network and trailblaze meaningful partnerships. We bring together the best of what is next at tentpole events like CES, SxSw, Cannes as well as our stand-alone conferences.

Innovation Brew NY

AW TechX

Sx Innovation Brew

The Fuelers

Our Team is Your Team

VentureFuel’s secret sauce is our team. We are able to H A C K innovation because we are Helpful, Attuned, Curious and Kick-Ass. Our elite corporate innovators are an extension of your team and 100% dedicated to delivering sustainable and scalable impact for your business.

Fred Schonenberg

Founder

Fred Schonenberg

For over 15 years, Fred has introduced new formats, first-to-market opportunities and is known for his award-winning creative solutions and ability to forge strategic partnerships to grow revenue. He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as SXSW, Ad Tech, Advertising Week, IAB, OMMA and thought-leader published in everything from The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Media Post, The Drum, Tech.co, Creator Magazine, Advertising Week, Event Marketer, etc.

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