Bernt Rostad

Nine Cannabis Startups Picked for Canopy’s Business Accelerator Program

Cannabis investment firm Canopy has announced $180,000 in investments to nine cannabis startups who will participate in a 16-week entrepreneurial boot camp in Berkeley, California as part of the company’s marijuana businesses accelerator program.

The startups represent the fourth class to participate in the program; the previous 29 companies have raised nearly $15 million total from a variety of investors. Entrepreneurs selected for the program receive $20,000 in seed capital and up to $50,000 in follow-on investment from the Canopy investment fund. Canopy receives a 6 percent to 9.5 percent equity stake return.

Included in the Fall class:

  • Grass-Pass, a method for dispensaries to incentivize and attract new customers.
  • The Peak Beyond, streamlined point-of-sale systems with interactive smart tables to help educate customers.
  • HookItUp, a cannabis-friendly, but not cannabis-specific, professional social network.
  • Blu Jays, rolling paper packs that include pre-rolled papers and herbal storage.
  • Campfire, a cannabis event-centric mobile app.
  • MyStrain, a standardized database for the most popular strains to help increase consumer-recognition.
  • Gupta-Daniel, marketing and sales data visualizations to help dispensary owners identify trends and acquisition options.
  • AcroVape, a battery-powered vaporizer for concentrates.
  • Printabowl, 3D-printed smoking accessories.

“The teams accepted into the Canopy program in Berkeley will have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the California legalization movement,” Canopy CEO Patrick Rea said in the release. “Now is the time to launch a cannabis business.”

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