innovators and investors

CNvest Venture Fair

CNvest: Terps and Tech
Hilton San Jose at the McEnery Convention Center


A new kind of cannabis industry investment event

Working with leading cannabis investors and industry influencers, CNvest will identify 16 of the most compelling and innovative startups for a one-day showcase that will also offer attendees opportunities to meet with entrepreneurs, explore hot sectors of this expanding market, and identify its emerging trends. CNvest is a fun, educational event with ample opportunities for networking.

The CNvest: Terps and Tech investor event will focus on cannabis science and technology startups, or companies whose primary products or services are science or technology based.


Monday, April 9, 2018


Hilton San Jose
at the McEnery Convention Center
300 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95113


Terpenes and Testing World Conference 2018
The most comprehensive cannabis science expo in the United States

Presenting Companies






CNvest: Terps and Tech 2018 Finalist

The 2018 CNvest: Terps and Tech Finalists

Meet the sixteen finalists chosen to present at the CNvest: Terps and Tech.  Applications were received from startups seeking funding, located from Southern California to Eastern Canada and all across North America. Entries were analyzed by cannabis industry editors, reporters and influencers whose background make them uniquely qualified to uncover aspects of businesses that could help them thrive in the complex cannabis market. On April 9 at the San Jose Hilton, each finalist will pitch an audience of accredited investors and media and one lucky winner will be selected by investors in the audience to receive a $10,000 prize.


Arc Innovations

Learn more about participating companies on the CNvest Press Kit Portal.

CNvest: Terps and Tech Judges

The CNvest Program

08:00 am - 09:00 am

09:00 am - 09:15 am

09:15 am - 09:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

CNvest Welcome and Opening Remarks - John Sidline, Principal at Canna Newswire

Morning Featured Guest Speaker

Ben Larson
General Partner
Backplane Capital

09:45 am - 10:05 am

Panel 1: Cannabis Manufacturing

Kristen Yoder - Cannabis Industry AdvisorKristen Yoder
Cannabis Industry Advisor
Soil to the Oil

10:05 am - 10:45 am

First Start-Up Pitches: Cannabis Manufacturing (Extracts, Concentrates and Strains)

10:45 am - 11:15 am

11:15 am - 11:35 am

30-Minute Break

Panel 2: Cannabis Cultivation

Greg ZemanGreg Zeman
Associate Editor and Co-Author, “Beyond Buds Next Generation”
Cannabis Now Magazine

11:35 am - 12:15 pm

Second Start-Up Pitches: Cannabis Cultivation (From Small Scale to Commercial)

12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

01:15 pm - 01:30 pm

01:30 pm - 02:00 pm


Welcome Back Remarks - Karen Blondell, Principal at Canna Newswire

Afternoon Featured Guest Speaker

Sumit Mehta

02:00 pm - 02:20 pm

Panel 3: Consuming Cannabis

Debra Borchardt - Editor-In-Chief, Green Market ReportDebra Borchardt
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Green Market Report

02:20 pm - 03:00 pm

Third Start-Up Pitches: Consuming Cannabis (Smoke, Vapor, Consumables, Topicals)

Arc Innovations

03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

03:30 pm - 03:50 pm

30-Minute Break

Panel 4: Ancillary Technology

Javier Hasse - Cannabis, Biotech & Entrepreneurship Reporter - Benzinga, High Times, LeaflyJavier Hasse
Mainstream Media Cannabis Reporter and Author, “Start Your Own Cannabis Business”
Benzinga, High Times, Entrepreneur

03:50 pm - 04:30 pm

Fourth Start-Up Pitches: Ancillary Technology (Entertainment, Sales and Marketing, Security)

04:30 pm - 04:50 pm

04:50 pm - 05:00 pm

20-Minute Break and Audience Choice Voting

Audience Choice Winner and $10,000 Prize Presentation

Featured CNvest: Terps and Tech Speakers

Ben Larson, General Partner at Backplane Capital

Ben Larson is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and startup adviser based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a General Partner at Backplane Capital, an early stage venture fund investing in the cannabis industry, and he Co-Founded Gateway, the premier cannabis startup accelerator. Additionally, Ben is a Director and Mentor for the Founder Institute, where he formerly managed global operations and helped grow the program into over 100 cities around the world. He’s also active on several boards inside and out of the cannabis industry and travels around the world speaking to audiences of all sizes while advising early stage companies of all industries. He’s an active Mentor and Senior Advisor to the non-profit Youth Business USA and a Board Member of Playworks. Ben was recently named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 by the San Francisco Business Times.


Sumit Mehta, CEO of Mazakali

In addition to his role as CEO of Mazakali, Sumit Mehta is the Finance and Strategy Consultant to The Arcview Group, and Managing Partner at Emerald Ventures. Sumit has directed cannabis investments since 2014 and currently serves on Canopy's Investment Committee. A frequent speaker at investment seminars, Sumit also acts as a shark and mentor to Arcview and Canopy companies. Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Sumit spent nearly two decades in the financial capital markets across institutional sales, business development, management, research, analysis, valuation, strategy, capital introduction, institutional-level relationship management, wealth advisory, investment planning and operational consulting in domestic and overseas markets.

CNvest for Cannabis Startups

Not just a pitch slam, but an entire program developed to augment brand-building, draw attention to startups seeking funding, match startups to investor audiences interested in near-term investments in their respective business sectors, and refine their investor pitches. Startups move through a tiered judging process from application to semi-finalists to the 16 finalists that present on the CNvest stage. A startup arena allows more companies to share their business vision with investors throughout the day, while all accepted applicants will have access to other online marketing activities.

CNvest for Investors

CNvest investor events strive to give investors deeper insights into the rapidly expanding legal cannabis market, exploring the hot emerging sectors within it that possess compelling investment opportunities. At CNvest: Terps and Tech, investors will delve deeper into four cannabis science and technology industry sectors as 16 startups from among the best examples from each sector present their companies and investor pitches. The CNvest investor events give investors opportunities to interact with additional startups seeking funding and network with industry peers.

CNvest - Terps and Tech Advisory Board

Jeff Siegel - Publisher, Green Chip Stocks

Jeff Siegel
Publisher  - Green Chip Stocks

Michael Gruber - Managing Partner, Salveo Capital

Michael Gruber
Managing Partner - Salveo Capital

Princessa Bourelly - Venture Partner, Gateway

Princessa Bourelly
Venture Partner - Gateway

William Kelly - Managing Partner, AgriCascadia

Bill Kelly
Partner - AgriCascadia

Jud Lang - President, Ground Zero Ventures

Jud Lang
President - Ground Zero Ventures

Steven Ernest - EVP Investments, MAZAKALI

Steven Ernest
EVP Investments - MAZAKALI






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Updated on 2018-09-28T00:05:04+00:00, by mnwadmin.