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Meet Our Team

The Best and Brightest

Our team includes multi-time founders, corporate innovators, accredited investors, and seasoned mentors. Collectively we have helped scale hundreds of startups & driven change at some of the world’s largest enterprise organizations.
 
65% Female. 35% BIPOC. Our team is distributed across the US, with backgrounds across industries and skillsets.
Fred Schonenberg
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Fred Schonenberg
Founder & CEO
 
Shira Averbuch
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Shira Averbuch
VP of Innovation & Partnerships
 
Vanessa Ivette Rosado
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Vanessa Ivette Rosado
Vice President of Growth
 
Pritam Bhattarai
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Pritam Bhattarai
Director of Innovation & Partnerships
 
Moe Rinkunas
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Maureen Rinkunas
Director of Innovation & Partnerships
 
Beau Bergman
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Beau Bergman
Director of Innovation & Partnerships
 
Allie Lawn
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Allie Lawn, Ph.D.
Director of Innovation & Partnerships
 
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Jack Stebbins
Director of Corporate Partnerships
 
Ali Whitman
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Ali Whitman
Director of Client Program Marketing & Promotion
 
Manisha Mohan
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Manisha Mohan
Manager of Innovation & Partnerships
 
Sarah Smith
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Sarah Smith
Manager of Innovation & Partnerships
 
Wolfgang Reichard
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Wolfgang Reichard
Sr. Innovation Analyst 
 
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Iasha King
Innovation Analyst
 
James Oleson
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James Oleson
Program Operations
 
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Mariel Arro
Growth Coordinator & Assistant
 
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Niña Daynata
Executive Assistant
 
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Join our Team!

What do we look for in a successful candidate?
  • Grit – Growth Mindset, Obstacles are Opportunities
  • Intellectual Curiosity – Diverse Thinking, Always Be Learning
  • Bias Towards Action – Get It Done
  • Integrity - Honest, Transparent, and Authentic
  • Knowledge – Expertise and Unique Perspectives
  • Simplicity – Making the Complex Easy to Understand
  • Enthusiasm – Passion to Do Great Work
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About VentureFuel

VentureFuel is an independent innovation advisory that helps the world's best organizations commercialize innovation to ignite change through startup collaborations. VentureFuel provides organizations across the public, private and non-profit sectors the tools to drive transformative change with less risk, more speed, and greater proximity to the consumer than traditional innovation models. Click here to learn more.

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