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Pennsylvania: Cannabis Business Conference Set For April 30

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Pennsylvania’s first business accelerator specific for ancillary startups in the cannabis and industrial hemp industries will host what's being called "Philadelphia’s first ever canna-business and medical research conference" at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Saturday, April 30.

Innovation in the Cannabis Industry; Technology, Medical & Investment is a one-day conference that is taking place in Center City Philadelphia at the intimate Chemical Heritage Foundation. This daylong conference features panel discussions from 17 of the cannabis industry’s thought leaders on critical topics such as canna-technology, medicinal research, and investing in canna-businesses, with a specific focus on expected trends emerging on the East Coast.

Colorado: CanopyBoulder Announces New Slate of Cannabis Startups for Spring

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Cannabis companies developing everything from a Consumer Reports-style publication for cannabis to innovative vaporizers, grinders and tools for home growers move to Boulder next week to begin a 16-week CanopyBoulder entrepreneur boot camp.

The new class of 10 companies, with roots ranging from North Carolina to California, marks the third class of cannabis entrepreneurs to gain acceptance into CanopyBoulder, a year-old program that already has helped raise more than $10 million for 19 companies.

“As the commercial side of cannabis matures, so do the applications we receive from around the country,” said CanopyBoulder co-founder and CEO Patrick Rea. “The business ideas being pursued by this spring class are phenomenal. We can’t wait to help them build the leading cannabis companies of the future.”

Hundreds of companies apply to CanopyBoulder’s immersion boot camps, but the accelerator program selects only 10 for each four-month session. The entrepreneurs that make the cut receive $20,000 investments from CanopyBoulder, space in CanopyBoulder’s Boulder office and intense guidance from veteran business leaders. CanopyBoulder anticipates opening a San Francisco office and accelerator in the fall.

The fresh slate of emerging businesses is poised to capitalize on the fastest growing industry in the nation. The ArcView Group investor network, a partner in CanopyBoulder, has helped to raise more than $65 million for cannabis companies and estimates the cannabis market will reach $22 billion in 2020.

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Colorado: Cannabis Start-Up Businesses Strut Their Stuff At DemoDay

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Cannabis entrepreneurs taking part in CanopyBoulder’s fall class will offer in-depth public demonstrations of their fledgling businesses on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in Boulder’s eTown Hall.

The event, which is open to the public and live-streamed, features demonstrations by the founding partners of companies in everything from grow-tech to media to accessories. All nine CanopyBoulder companies are presenting during the event.

“Cannabis innovators pack our fall class, and all of them are excited about discussing their businesses,” said CanopyBoulder co-founder Patrick Rea. “The industry is still so young, and the entrepreneurial ferment bubbling up around it gets fizzier every month.”

CanopyBoulder, the nation’s only business accelerator for the cannabis industry, accepts two classes of entrepreneurs a year to participate in prestigious 13-week boot camps. By the time the businesses graduate, they should be poised to gain investors and begin engaging with the marketplace.

The first class of CanopyBoulder, which graduated in June, has already raised more then $3 million from investors for a wide range of business, including business analytics, media, an online cannabis marketplace and more.

Washington: Jobs Fair, Expo For Cannabis Industry Set For Sept. 19

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The Cannabusiness Accelerator event on September 19 will provide the first job fair in Seattle dedicated to job opportunities in the marijuana industry, according to organizers.

Aimed at budding cannabis professionals in Washington state, the Cannabusiness Accelerator event will be held at the Silver Cloud Hotel–Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Organizers said the event will serve as a locus of networking and informational know-how as well as a showcase for program partners which include Your Green Contractor, CannaGuard Security, The High Road Interior Design, and Competitive Edge Engineering.

“The Cannabusiness Accelerator helps connect dispensary and grow facility owners and managers with technology, people and solutions,” said Cannabusiness Accelerator CEO Stan Wagner. “We are spreading knowledge and best practices in this growing space.”

Nathan Mendel, president of Your Green Contractor, Inc., specializes in building grow houses, and has been spreading his know-how from Colorado to Washington to Massachusetts. He said he forward to helping build facilities in the newest state to legalize commercial marijuana

“The legal cannabis trade in Colorado has been an absolute boon to the local economy," Mendel said. "The commercial real estate market upswing has been well documented with industrial vacancy rates at record lows, but the commercial building contractor market has been positively affected as well.

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