Solving Corporate Challenges VIA STARTUP COLLABORATIONS

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By partnering them with the best enterprise-ready startups, we help our clients address their biggest strategic challenges faster, with less risk and greater impact than traditional innovation models. 
We've Solved Corporate Challenges For
Anheuser Busch Inbev
Century Link
Constant Contact
John Hancock Insurance
Jpmorgan Chase
Oxygen Very Real
Ray Ban
Royal Caribbean
Southwest Airlines
State Farm
The  Body Shop
Results Include

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

Global Innovation Community

500+ VCs, Seed Investors, Accelerators, University Labs and Scouts grant us unparalleled, advanced access to relevant solutions. Our team of unbiased corporate strategists build custom programs, select vetted partners and optimize to deliver results.

Win-Win Results. 100+ innovation programs resulting in over $12m in revenue for startups now collectively valued at over $2bn.


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The Future of Milk ... is Milk?

Milk is polarizing: To some, it’s a refreshing beverage that pairs well with cookies. For others, it’s a cursed liquid that causes tummy troubles. Even with the shelves of alt milks crowding grocery store coolers these days, the U.S. milk industry is a $15 billion category with 90% penetration, according to John Talbot, the CEO of the California Milk Advisory Board.

However, the industry is not known for sustainability or breakthrough creations. Milk processing plants focus on one thing — do it well and do it efficiently — but don’t do small runs or get involved in product development or innovation. It’s taken a while for the industry to realize that there’s a need for ingenuity, but it’s now embracing fresh ideas, Talbot said.


DICK’s Sporting Goods Creates Venture Fund For Sports Startups

Continuing its support for emerging sports startups, Dick’s Sporting Goods is creating a $50 million in-house venture fund called DSG Ventures to invest in sports-related companies.

The fund is also collaborating with VentureFuel to launch a retail innovation program that will connect startups with Dick’s Sporting Goods to launch a pilot program. As part of the initiative, the startups will collaborate with the retailer on enhancing the customer experience, ranging from artificial intelligence to e-commerce.

CLIENT programs

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NY MilkLaunch 2022 Winner Spylt
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Venture Foundry Fall 2022 Innovation Challenge
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DICK's Sporting Goods Innovation Program


Visionaries are defined as having extraordinary foresight and imagination. Those who can see what isn't there. They can imagine the unimaginable and they have the grit to make it happen. Business Visionaries are the change-agents embracing new opportunities to drive outsized results. From the C-Suite to the up-and-coming disruptors, they are blazing new paths, discovering inventive solutions and powering the future. Join us each week as we speak with these Visionaries on our podcast: the entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders driving transformative change across business and society.
Abhijit Ganguly

Beyond The Tire

“When we are interacting with startups as corporations, we need to recognize the need for speed on the startup side. So, [the] decision-making, whether it's investment decisions or strategic tie, creation decisions, those have to be done very quickly...We think that the value creation has to be mutual, meaning Goodyear has to enable the startup with some of its key assets and competencies that [it] would get and hopefully supercharge their efforts in the market. And on the other side, we would get some terrific learnings working with the startups directly, one on one with some of the projects that we do with them."

–Abhijit Ganguly, the Managing Director of Goodyear Ventures—the corporate venture capital arm of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Comcast, SoLo Funds & Honeycomb Credit

Financial Impact Challenge

“Both of these companies are taking really novel approaches to what have been legacy challenges and – honestly – challenges that are often overlooked many times when you talk about fintech."

-Antonia Dean, Director of Startup Pipeline Diversity at Comcast NBCUniversal on the innovative fintech services provided by startups SoLo Funds & Honeycomb Credit

During COVID small businesses were hit hard and those owned by women, Black, Hispanic and Indigenous people even more so., Curio, and Vital Bio

Healthcare Innovation

“The business case is just a lot clearer for technology like what we're building. And in the pure fee-for-service world, the optimizations around how do I get people in and out as quickly as possible versus patient experience in capturing disease risk earlier - there's a ton of evidence that points to giving clinicians superpowers, in a way that makes economic sense, leads to earlier diagnosis, better outcomes, lower total cost of care—things that we all care about eventually enabling."

-Vasu Nadella, Co-founder & CEO of Vital Bio

VentureFuel Visionaries Vasu Nadella, Curio's CEO Shailja Dixit, and's Founder & CEO Philip Fung joined us for a conversation about the challenges and breakthroughs of being a startup, healthcare regulations, and the approach to a B2B standpoint.

Ventures To Watch

We evaluate thousands of emerging technologies and pioneering startups from around the world. Each week we highlight one that we believe can drive significant value for corporations.

Alphonso (LG Ads) enables smarter connected TV advertising. As the market leader in TV data and measurement software, Alphonso provides brands and agencies with real-time ad campaign measurement, closed-loop attribution for TV ads and TV audience extension across digital devices. Their success has not gone unnoticed, with LG recently investing $80M to leverage their software, data analytics and media activation capabilities across LG's home entertainment products. Listen to our conversation with Co-Founder Raghu Kodige on Apple or Spotify.

the venturefuel pov

Disrupt or be disrupted? At VentureFuel, we believe that there's got to be a better way.  Transformative change can best be achieved through collaboration. Check out our point of view on the future, the role of external innovation; and the opportunities for collaboration.
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Protecting Your Company’s Future

Why do household names like Hertz, Brooks Brothers, Blockbuster, Sears or Gold's Gym go bankrupt, while less resourced companies in the same space thrive? The question becomes more and more urgent as we see how fast and how often incumbents are displaced by up-and-coming competitors. 

Are these fates inevitable? Some industry leaders, tied to outdated business models, squeeze out incremental gains to appease Wall Street every quarter only to lose relevance with customers every year. While other, more future-forward entrepreneurs discover emerging customer needs, re-imagine solutions, and seize market opportunities with speed and agility. 

Inside the Innovation Huddle

Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality

Every week, our team does an internal huddle where we share the most disruptive and exciting startups and emerging technologies from around the world. The only rule is that they can’t solve a current client challenge directly. This way, we retain our superpower of spotting creative adjacencies and disruptive outer-horizon solutions. Below, we share a selection of those startups and technologies with you!

This month we looked at startups targeting travel, tourism, and hospitality. Check out our list!

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3 Ways to Determine If You Need External Innovation

External Innovation is the process of augmenting your internal innovation efforts by collaborating with independent startups developing new products, services and technologies. Through these collaborations, you get to work directly with world-class founders who are rapidly attacking the niche challenges and opportunities that may rapidly disrupt your business. 

Here are 3 telltale signs that you need to consider external innovation.

What's next now

Our events unite leading investors, founders, and corporate innovators to discuss the transformation of business and society through product, service, and technological innovation. We recognize the trailblazers collaborating to shape tomorrow's change today.
On Wednesday, December 7th we sat down with leaders driving transformation within their organizations and reshaping industry in the process.

They shared their take on the role of Innovation in 2022, learnings and lessons; plus made some predictions for 2023: what’s coming on the horizon in terms of consumer trends, customer needs, and business transformation.

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