40 Under Forty: Ryan Canuel, 25


Co-founder & CEO

Petricore, Inc., Worcester

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: Fall River

College: Becker College

In the three years since Canuel graduated, his video game startup has grown and become so recognized in the industry, Becker College has made it a cornerstone of its expansion into the field. Canuel started Petricore the day after his graduation in 2015 and today, the company – which provides art, design, programming and production services – has five full-time employees and its mobile gaming app has been downloaded more than 700,000 times, attracting people looking to play addictive games like Shopping Spree and Mind the Arrow. When Becker opened its new $7.3-million innovation and entrepreneurship center in March, Petricore was the first company to move into the building, the entrepreneurial result of the college's video game program which now makes up one-third of its student body. Canuel's advised students interested in forming their own startups and attends science, technology, math and engineering events to speak with students about video game development. Canuel creates recreation opportunities through his involvement in Working for Worcester. Canuel won the 2017 Playcrafting Boston Rising Pixel Award from an industry group, the 2016 Becker College Alumni Association Excellence Award and 2016 Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year.

From 40 Under Forty judge Milka Njoroge: “Ryan has won several awards in recognition of his work and commitment to the community.”

After it is all said and done, what do you want people to say about you? If people can pronounce my last name right by that time, I'd call it a huge win.

What four people would you take on a road trip? Will Wright, Sid Meier, Neil Young and Jeff Bezos. I could learn a lot from them.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.