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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Ryan Canuel, 25

Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under award (from left): Kate Campanale, Bert LaValley Alvara Gjylapi and Ryan Canuel.

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.

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