Opportunity Grows Cannabis Accelerator

Upcoming Event: ON THE NOSE MASTERCLASS Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The forefront of a growing industry OG Cannabis Accelerator

The Opportunity Grows Cannabis Accelerator offers free learning opportunities that provide entrepreneurs with introductory training on key business issues and topics as focused on New York’s adult-use cannabis market. 

Participants can take place in webinars and in-person events where they hear from leaders in the industry and learn how to utilize the ‘Business Model Canvas’ – a strategic planning tool used to develop and refine business plans  – to launch their own startups.

This highly specialized program is sponsored by the Koffman Incubator and Opportunity Grows.


Gain Key Connections Network with Industry Leaders

Complimenting the business education component of the program, participants will hear from leading industry executives to learn more about their entrepreneurial journeys and gain valuable insights into the particular challenges and opportunities that come with operating a licensed cannabis business in New York. 

Participants gain exclusive access to resources, networking and entrepreneurial focused events. 

Supporting Social Equity

The OG Accelerator’s programming is open to New Yorkers of all backgrounds. Individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of cannabis prohibition or who qualify as minority or women-owned businesses, distressed farmers, or service-disabled veterans are encouraged to register.

On the Nose Masterclass

Register Today to Secure your Space

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2023  |  8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator


An immersive, educational experience focused on cannabis retail & cultivation.



+ Cannabis Customer Service

+ Budtending with Intelligence

+ Cannabis Genetics

+ Growroom Strategies

+ Resume Construction

+Interview Tips & Tricks 




Event Sponsors:

About the Koffman Incubator

The Koffman Southern Tier incubator is a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Binghamton, NY that provides key resources to entrepreneurs developing successful startups. The Koffman’s 60+ members connect and collaborate throughout 35,000 sq. ft. of offices, laboratories and co-working space. Binghamton University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships offers numerous programs to guide business growth and development.

About Opportunity Grows

Opportunity Grows was founded by New York cannabis industry veteran Ari Hoffnung to help cannabis entrepreneurs succeed. Ari has been involved in New York’s legal cannabis industry since 2014, served as the Chief Executive Officer of two New York cannabis companies and founded the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association.

Eric Krohn

Program Director

Stemming from his roots as Dietitian and CIA graduated Chef, Eric founded Gyro Heat Technologies, focused on energy generation as well as b-Safe, a syringe sanitizing device. Eric has become a pioneer of hemp innovation in New York, successfully exiting three different hemp companies involved in manufacturing, distribution and retail sales.  


Experienced Support

  • Eric serves as the Director of Business Incubation Program at the Koffman Incubator which is managed by Binghamton University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships (E&IP).
  • A serial entrepreneur, founder of a half dozen companies, Eric leverages his experience, connections and creative thinking to support entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Eric specializes in hemp startup mentorship, having advised numerous successful ventures.

OG Webinar Recordings

Session #1 Recording: 05/03/22Link
Session #2 Recording: 05/10/22Link
Session #3 Recording: 05/17/22Link
Session #4 Recording: 05/24/22Link
New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association Social Equity StudyLink
New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association Economic Revenue Study Link
Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) LegislationLink
Koffman Business Model Canvas (PowerPoint Version)Link
Koffman Business Model Canvas (PDF Version)Link
Customer Archetype ProfileLink
Cornell SurveyLink
Arcview Cannabis Sector Resource ListLink