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5/5 Pitch Your Cannabis/Hemp/CBD Startup to Investor Panel of VCs and Angels (On Zoom)

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CNBC reported on Monday April 20, "US cannabis CEOs say coronavirus crisis will speed up legalization: 'We have been deemed essential.'" Eight states deemed recreational cannabis as essential during Covid-19 shutdowns - here are the 5 reasons why. According to a Cowen and Co. survey, marijuana use reached an all-time high this March, coinciding with the lockdown orders across the country. At a time when many businesses are experiencing devastating losses, cannabis may have a leg up on other industries. 

Are you a cannabis/hemp/CBD tech startup looking to pitch your company in front of an audience and panel of expert VC and Angel judges? This is your chance. Meet, field questions, and get immediate feedback from investors. Our judges will come from the cannabis industry. Network with other investors and founders in the crowd.

Who Should Apply?
We have several (5-7) spots available for innovative tech startups. Apply today for a chance to present your venture on stage! Applications are open until April 27 (Monday 11:59PM PST) - click below to apply!

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Not part of a startup?
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2:00pm PST - 2:05pm PST: Opening Remarks  
2:05pm PST - 3:05pm PST: Pitch Your Startup to VCs & Angels

  • Michael Boniello - Managing Director, Poseidon Asset Management

    Michael is responsible for early stage diligence on companies, managing the policy and regulatory landscape for the firm, as well as co-managing investor relations for Poseidon’s funds. He has spent the past year raising capital for Poseidon’s second fund which was closed to new investors on March 31, 2020 after a successful capital raise. 

    Michael spent three years at Merrill Lynch's Private Bank and Investment Group co-managing over $1.5 billion in assets for high net worth individuals, families, and foundations. Prior to Merrill, he was an Assistant Vice President at Barclays co-managing over $1 billion in assets. Before Barclays, Michael worked at Thomas Weisel Partners and was also a founding member of a family office where he served as a Bond Analyst and Assistant Portfolio Manager. He entered into the cannabis industry in 2013 doing pro-bono business and regulatory consulting work for early stage companies trying to navigate the highly fragmented and regulated industry.

  • Larry Schnurmacher - Managing Partner, Phyto Partners Cannabis Venture Capital Fund

    Larry Schnurmacher is a career investment professional having managed capital for high net worth individuals for over 25 years.  After retiring from Morgan Stanley in 2015, Mr. Schnurmacher founded Phyto Partners to help investors capitalize on the opportunity in the Cannabis industry, what he saw as a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Over the last 5 years, Mr. Schnurmacher has invested in 30 privately held cannabis companies, including industry leaders Leaflink, Flowhub, Vangst, MarijuanaDoctor, Wurk, GreenFlower Media, and Front Range Biosciences.  Mr. Schnurmacher has built Phyto Partners into one of the preeminent venture capital funds in the space, and has been recognized as a Top Cannabis Investment fund by Forbes and BusinessInsider.  Mr. Schnurmacher graduated from the George Washington University with a BBA in Finance.  Larry serves on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Jewish Federation, Committee Member of West Boca Jewish Community Center, and is active with the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.

  • Nic Easley - CEO, Managing Director, Multiverse Capital; CEO, 3C Consulting

    Nic Easley is the CEO & Managing Director for Multiverse Capital™, a cannabis venture firm, and the founder and CEO of 3C Consulting, LLC™, the leading global strategic cannabis consulting firm. Nic is known for his passionate commitment to introducing demonstrated best practices from other industries into the cannabis space. His industry-leading track record of building strong cannabis businesses and guiding others towards their own victories has established him as a trusted, proven resource for anyone considering entering the cannabis industry. Nic is a Board Member at Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Last year he educated delegates on medical cannabis at the UN Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting on International Challenges Posed by the Non-Medical use of Synthetic Opioids. His scientific background combined with over 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience provides the industry with new possibilities of productivity, profitability, and professionalism. Nic is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and fluent in numerous languages holding degrees in both Environmental Studies and Biology.

  • Sherri Haskell - Founder, CEO, Canna Angels

    Sherri Haskell, Founder & CEO of CannaAngels LLC, is an entrepreneur and financial industry trailblazer who has excelled as a Registered Investment Advisor, stockbroker, and funds manager. Throughout her career Ms. Haskell has earned 3 SEC securities licenses (series 7, 63 and 65), won top performer recognition in multiple capacities, launched her own hedge fund and financial services company; Capital Dynamics LLC, and raised over $175 million in capital. Her far-reaching financial, securities, and marketing acumen have been integral to the launch and fulfillment of dozens of private equity funds.

    Founded in 2016, and chosen by Business Insider as a “rising star of marijuana’s investment scene that everyone from Wall Street to Silicon Valley should know”, Canna Angels has been at the forefront of cannabis investing as a leading investment consortium in the angel-to-A investment space. Our dedicated focus lies in identifying, the most promising; often technology driven, investment opportunities within the cannabis industry for our investor members.

    The Canna Angels portfolio currently holds 49 select companies; advancing strategically and garnering extensive market share. Several of these enterprises are scaling to achieve international reach. Five have enjoyed exits (CSE and acquisition), many have been funded by venture capital, and others are well on their way in secondary offerings. Canna Angels enjoys a standing few have experienced in the industry.

  • Luke Pusejovsky - Founder, LAP Ventures; Co-Founder, CEO, Curian; Former COO, Delta Separations (Acquired 2/2020)

    Luke is a Bay Area entrepreneur focused on hardware and IoT, energy and climate, digital health, cannabinoid therapeutics, and neuroscience medicine startups. Startup preferences include complex and ambitious 7 – 10+ year projects, B Corps, IP-intensive ‘hardtech’, cultures that value mindfulness and resiliency. Luke is an original co-founder of Curian, an extraction hardware design company in the cannabis sector. He acted as its founding CEO from April 2018 to April 2020. 

    Prior to Curian, Luke was the COO of Delta Separations, the fastest-growing hardware manufacturer in the cannabis and hemp extraction lab. He helped position Delta to grow from <$200,000 in Y1 revenue, to $14MM in Y2 and $46MM in Y3. Delta was purchased in Feb. 2020 for $50MM in cash by Gibraltar Industries (Symbol: ROCK). Luke has spoken with hundreds of extraction lab entrepreneurs in the U.S. and internationally and has performed pioneering research on the economics of extraction technology. He formally and informally advises 6 startup CEOs in this sector.


Venue: Zoom

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Type: Event

Vendor: Epic Events