US (NY): New cannabis program encourages minority and women-owned business to register

The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, managed by Binghamton University's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, has launched the Opportunity Grows Cannabis Accelerator, a free four-week remote learning program beginning on November 9th. 

The creators of the program encourage social equity applicants, minority or women-owned businesses, distressed farmers, and service-disabled veterans to register. 

"The Cannabis Accelerator is designed to help make New York's cannabis industry more diverse and inclusive," said Ari Hoffnung, Founder of Opportunity Grows. "Those of us that have benefited from our involvement in the early years of the legal cannabis industry has a particular responsibility to welcome individuals that have previously been locked out of these opportunities."

The Cannabis Accelerator will include both business and cannabis education modules. Koffman Incubator staff will introduce participants to the Business Model Canvas, a proven method to help entrepreneurs visually define and refine their business plans. Complimenting the business component of the program, participants will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading cannabis industry experts including:

  • Ngiste Abebe, Vice President of Public Policy, Columbia Care
  • Jeremy Cooney, New York State Senator (56th District)
  • Eric Greenbaum, Chief Science Officer, Goodness Growth Holdings
  • Kyle Kingsley, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Goodness Growth Holdings
  • Kate Lynch, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Curaleaf
  • Jeanne Mariani Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer, Arcview Ventures
  • Peter Prevot, CPA, CIA, Chief Operating Officer, Bridge West Consulting
  • Jeremy Unruh, Senior Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs, PharmaCann
  • Talley Wettlaufer, Senior Vice President, Retail, Curaleaf

For more information:
Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
www.southerntierincubator.com


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