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2023 Venture of the Year: Inworld AI

2023 Venture of the Year: Inworld AI

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. To learn more, visit their website at

Represented by:

Michael Ermolenko, CTO & Co-founder

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

Meet the rest of this year's finalists

Nominated and voted on by their peers, the VentureFuel Venture to Watch is the Hall of Fame for Startups.

These organizations are rethinking traditional business models to reshape society. From AI to FinTech, these are the innovators intent on blazing new paths, discovering inventive solutions and powering the future.

2023 Venture of the Year - CoCreate


Enables innovative brands to unlock the power of their community — fueled by flexible, API-first community activation platform. 
2023 Venture of the Year - Ellevest


Helps women build and manage their wealth — because ICYMI, nothing bad happens when women have more money.
2023 Venture of the Year - Reality Defender

Reality Defender

Detect dangerous AI-generated and manipulated content across audio, video, images, and text with enterprise-grade API and web app.
2023 Venture of the Year - Sach Foods

Sach Foods

America's original award-winning, organic, artisanal & flavored paneer.

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The VentureFuel Visionaries 

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: the entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders driving transformative change across business and society


Founded in 2014, VentureFuel is an independent innovation consultancy based out of New York City.  We build and accelerate innovation programs for industry leaders by unlocking the power of what we call "external innovation" via startup collaborations.  Our programs focus on changing the behaviors and beliefs necessary to unlock new sources of growth.



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