If you're hoping to be the next ganjapreneur to take the cannabis industry by storm, then you should check out Canopy Boulder's JumpStart Conference on Oct. 19 in Colorado. The event, which is being held at Cultivated Synergy in downtown Denver, will bring together insiders and influencers from some of the biggest brands in the marijuana business.
Attendees will get advice on cannabis cultivation, dispensary operation and branding trends from panelists like Joe Hodas of Dixie Elixirs, Andrew Davison of Willie's Reserve, Nick Hice of Denver Relief Consulting and other industry experts. And the best part is the event is 100 percent free.
"It's a half-day conference and it's totally free," Meghan Grabow — Marketing Director for Canopy Boulder — told Civilized. "We just feel that there's a lot of value in educating people on this industry. Getting credible information out into the world benefits everyone, particularly when there's so much misinformation out there."
But you can't just show up on the day of the event and take part. First, you have to apply to attend the conference by the cutoff date (October 15th) and wait to be approved. The conference is restricted to people who are serious about joining the industry.
"We want to make sure that the people in attendance are either entrepreneurs or currently in a startup situation," Grabow explained. "The application is short and easy. We want to know who you are and what you're interested in so that we can tailor future conferences to interested attendees."
But you shouldn't put off the application or the opportunity to join this growing industry could pass you by.
"The cannabis industry will never be smaller than it is today," Grabow said. "There are no McDonalds and no Walmarts of this industry yet, so now is the perfect time for businesses to launch. We've seen it in manufacturing, railroads, gold, liquor - now we're seeing this kind of generational wealth opportunity in cannabis. Getting in early is advantageous to the people who want to help this industry grow."
Canopy will also be accepting applications for their spring accelerator program, so people who attend the conference later this month could apply to the program and maybe find themselves on the JumpStart stage one day to share their perspectives with a new crop of aspiring entrepreneurs. But first they have to make a good impression, which means abiding by the marijuana moratorium during the conference.
"During the conference, we ask that nobody consume," Grabow said. "You wouldn't drink during a conference, so we like to apply the same rule. We don't want it to turn into a dab fest. It's a professional conference."
To apply to take part in the conference, click here.