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2023 VentureFuel Visionary and Venture of the Year

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On Thursday, February 8th, we honored the 2023 Visionary and Venture of the Year Winners.

Congratulations to Visionary of the Year, Marty Guay, VP of business development at Stanley Black & Decker, and Venture of the Year, Inworld AI, represented by Co-founder and CTO Michael Ermolenko!

Visionary of the Year: Marty Guay, Vice President of Business Development, Stanley Black & Decker

With over three decades experience as a corporate innovator, Marty Guay has spent the past six years working with startups, academia, venture capital and global corporations to create business value opportunities for Stanley Black & Decker, a worldwide leader in Tools and Outdoor.

Venture of the Year: Inworld AI, represented by Co-founder and CTO, Michael Ermolenko

Inworld AI, led by a team of conversational AI pioneers and experts, uses advanced AI to build interactive characters whose personalities, thoughts, memories, and behaviors are designed to emulate social human interaction. Founded in 2021, Inworld is a recent graduate of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Generative AI Accelerator run in partnership with VentureFuel. Last month, Inworld announced a multi-year partnership with Microsoft to develop AI toolsets to assist and empower creators in dialogue, story, and quest design.

Nominated and selected by their peers, these are the change-agents embracing new opportunities to drive outsized results. They are blazing new paths, discovering inventive solutions, and powering the future.


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