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May 5, 2020

Worcester startup Petricore has raised $2M in five years

Worcester-based Petricore Games founder and CEO Ryan Canuel

Worcester video game developer Petricore Inc. marked its five-year anniversary on Tuesday, celebrating, among other milestones, raising nearly $2 million from investors and making products for "The Ellen Degeneres Show," the company announced in a press release.

Petricore formed in 2015, as the founding team members finished their senior year at Becker College in Worcester.

“When we started Petricore, I told the team we’d try and make it one year and then see how it goes from there,'' CEO Ryan Canuel said in a statement. “To reach five years, and still be going strong, growing, and remaining profitable — it’s amazing."

Four of the original founders remain with the company: Canuel, chief technology officer James Spavold, lead artist Christina Andriano and lead designer/developer Oliver Awat.

After launching, Petricore was accepted into Start-Up Worcester’s initial cohort, and Canuel went on to earn the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016.

Petricore has worked on projects for Framingham electronics manufacturer Bose, Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi, Yale University in Connecticut, and the television shows "The Ellen Degeneres Show" and "Star Trek."

Currently, Petricore is the company-in-residence at the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, which is located at Becker College.

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