Building a Cannabis Startup

Jun 26, 2019, 6:30 PM
Jun 26, 2019, 9:00 PM
Alley Chelsea
$ 20–80

About Building a Cannabis Startup

2018 was a landmark year for the cannabis industry: California, Vermont, Oklahoma, Canada, and Mexico all deregulated marijuana, making it more widely accessible.

With deregulation, entrepreneurs and investors have made the cannabis space a hotbed of innovation, attracting the attention of press, lawmakers, investors, and consumers. Global funding to cannabis companies reached nearly $2.2B (a new record high for this emerging industry).

On July 26th, 4 of these frontier entrepreneurs will join us to discuss what inspired them, how they determined the right business model and how they've grown their business thus far. We'll also hear about the unique challenges of the space, from legal and regulatory complexities to the residual stigma of cannabis.

We’ll also discuss

  • Designing & prototyping your product
  • Marketing for cannabis products
  • Adhering to rules & regulations
  • Fundraising options for a cannabis startup


Melisse Gelula
Co-Founder of Well+Good
Ryan Smith
Co-founder & CEO of Leaflink
Benjamin Witte
Founder & CEO of Recess
Beryl Solomon
Founder & CEO of Poplar
Robert Tankson
Co-founder & COO


6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 - 7:50: Panel
7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking