Opportunity Grows Accelerator

The forefront of a growing industry OG Acclerator

The Opportunity Grows Accelerator is a four-week remote learning program that will provide entrepreneurs with introductory training on key business issues as a first step toward entering New York’s adult-use market. This highly specialized program is sponsored by the Koffman Incubator and Opportunity Grows.

Participants will learn how to utilize the ‘Business Model Canvas’ – a strategic planning tool used to develop and refine business plans  – to launch their own startups. 


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Gain Key Connections Network with Industry Leaders

Complimenting the business education component of the program, participants will meet with 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 business in New York. 

After completing the program, alumni will gain exclusive access to resources, networking events and pitch opportunities at the Koffman Incubator.

Supporting Social Equity

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

Featuring Prominent Industry Leaders

Ngiste Abebe

Vice President of Public Policy

Columbia Care

Jeremy Unruh

Senior Vice President,
Public and Regulatory Affairs


Kyle Kingsley, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Vireo Health

Jeanne Mariani Sullivan

Chief Investment Officer

Arcview Ventures

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.

Applications Close Oct. 22

All classes will take place on Zoom from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Session 1: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Session 2: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Session 3: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Session 4: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Apply today or connect with questions and to learn more!

Common Questions:

The Cannabis Accelerator accepts applicants from the Southern Tier and throughout the State of New York. Social Equity applicants 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 apply. Eligibility questions should be directed to Eric Krohn at ekrohn@binghamton.edu.

The Cannabis Accelerator Program is free. Funding and support for this program come from Koffman Incubator and Opportunity Grows.

Online applications must be submitted before Friday, October 22, 2021 at 5:00pm. Following a review of the initial applications, select finalists will be invited to interview. Final decisions will be made the week of November 1, 2021.

Special Thanks to these

Program Supporters

Vireo Health

The Agency

Columbia Care