Opportunity Grows Cannabis Accelerator Series

A Free & Remote Accelerator Program Launched on May 3, 2022

The forefront of a growing industry OG Cannabis Accelerator Series

The Opportunity Grows Cannabis Accelerator is a free four-week remote learning series that will provide entrepreneurs with introductory training on key business issues as a first step toward entering New York’s adult-use cannabis market. 

Participants will 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. Participants who complete the entire program will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment.

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

 

Gain Key Connections Network with Industry Leaders

Complimenting the business education component of the series, 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. 

At the end of the series, participants will gain exclusive access to resources, networking events and pitch opportunities at the Koffman Incubator.

Supporting Social Equity

The OG Accelerator series 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.

Accessable Program With Real Results

  • Complete a robust Business Model Canvas
  • Learn Fundraising and financial requirements
  • Discover NYS cannabis Law/regulatory environment
  • Understand financial basics, budgets, and financials
  • Learn branding, marketing, social media, and website creation
  • Improve on negotiating deals, corporate structure, & Employment law
  • Gain industry-specific knowledge 
  • Improve chances of license acceptance and sustainability

Register Today to Secure your Space

Session #1 – Completed – watch recording here

Session #2 – Completed – watch recording here

Session #3 – 05/17/22

Session #4 – 05/24/22

*Zoom links will be sent prior to each session

All Sessions take place from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Participant Testimonials

Common Questions:

The OG Accelerator accepts applicants from across the country. 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 OG Accelerator series is free. Funding and support for this series comes from Koffman Incubator and Opportunity Grows.

Each OG session will involve learning exercises and discussion around the business model canvas.
These lessons are strengthened by having industry leaders explain how they do what they do!

For those participants that attend the 4 sessions and submit a Business Model Canvas the OG Accelerator will offer a Certificate of Accomplishment which can be used on social media, LinkedIn and for their future applications.

The OG Accelerator will run every Tuesday for the first four weeks of May. Each session will take place from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

  • Session 1: 05/03/22
  • Session 2: 05/10/22
  • Session 3: 05/17/22
  • Session 4: 05/24/22

The OG Accelerator will run every Tuesday for the first four weeks of May. Each session will take place from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

  • Session 1: 05/03/22
  • Session 2: 05/10/22
  • Session 3: 05/17/22
  • Session 4: 05/24/22

Featuring Prominent Industry Leaders

Ngiste Abebe

Vice President of Public Policy

Columbia Care

Eric Greenbaum

Chief Science Officer

Goodness Growth Holdings

Jeanne Mariani Sullivan

Chief Investment Officer

Arcview Ventures

Akele Parnell

Head of Equity Partnerships

Lantern

Ari Hoffnung

Founder

Opportunity Grows

Jeremy Unruh

Senior Vice President,
Public and Regulatory Affairs

PharmaCann

Bryan Murray

EVP of Government Relations

Acreage Holdings

Ethan Anderson

SVP of Marketing

iAnthus

Nikki Kateman

Political & Communications Director

Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW

Liz Krueger

New York State Senator

28th District

Peter Prevot, CPA, CIA

Chief Operating Officer

Bridge West Consulting

Franklin Henderson

Social Equity Committee

NY Cannabis Growers & Processors Association

Aashna Satija, Pharm.D

Consultant

Bridge West Consulting

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.  

ekrohn@binghamton.edu

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.

New Sponsor Opportunities

Special Thanks to these

Series Supporters

Acreage

The Agency

Arcview

Bridge West

Columbia Care

Cresco Labs

Curaleaf

Goodness Growth Holdings

Green Thumb Industries

iAnthus Capital Management

Lantern

Local 338

Mohawk Valley Edge

New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association

NYS Senate 28th District

Opportunity Grows

PharmaCann

Additional Resources

ResourceLink
Session #1 Recording: 05/03/22Link
Session #2 Recording: 05/10/22Link
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
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