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Mentors

Every mentor brings an invaluable perspective on starting and growing a business, plus an extensive professional network. Above all, they are committed to the CanopyBoulder companies, giving generously of their time and leveraging their experience for your success.

stevedeangelo

An undisputed national leader and advocate for the legal cannabis industry. Few (if any) possess more knowledgeable, connections and experience in the U.S. cannabis industry.

Steve DeAngelo

Co-Founder, Harborside Health Center & President, The ArcView Group
Jessica-Billingsley-Headshot-(1)

Successful founder, owner, director, COO, CEO and programmer of software and technology start-ups.

Jessica Billingsley

Co-founder & COO, MJ Freeway
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Cannabis visionary and leader of the movement to end marijuana prohibition. Founder of the largest investor network in the cannabis industry.

Troy Dayton

Partner, Canopy BoulderCEO, The Arcview Group
mentor-dooma-wendschuh

Mr. Wendschuh has past experience as the driving force behind ebbu’s use of cutting-edge chemistry and smart marketing to simplify purchasing decisions and eliminate confusion in the cannabis industry.

Dooma Wendschuh

Founder, Province Brands
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C-level technology executive and founder with experience in cannabis, financial services, luxury tourism and medical technology.

Amy Poinsett

Co-founder & CEO, MJ Freeway
Patrick Rea

17-year veteran of startups, growth companies and big corporate entities. Background in M&A and venture capital with a focus on health, wellness and self-care

Patrick Rea

Co-Founder & CEO, CanopyBoulder
Mark-Ludlow-headshot

Integrated design management expert for complex processing systems that couple sound engineering with solid financial analysis.

Mark Ludlow

Founder, Ludlow Process & Equipment Design
Micah-Tapman-headshot

Fifteen years experience building businesses with a focus on technology, strategy, and culture.

Micah Tapman

Managing Director, CanopyBoulder
Chivini,-Joseph

Joe has mentored more than 75 start-ups of which 30% had valuations greater than $4M, two to IPO.

Joe Chivini

Director of Business Development, UHY Advisors
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Texas cannabis entrepreneur and industry advocate with a background in policy, real estate, law and mentorship.

Patrick Moran

CEO & Managing Partner, AcquiFlow
mentor-dave-rich

Dave has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, attorney and mediator. Dave has built and sold businesses in the distribution, logistics, publishing, and legal and mediation services industries.

Dave Rich

Founder, Flatiron Legal Advisors
MarkBlumenthal-headshot

Noted expert on herbal products with expertise in ethics in labeling and marketing, legal and regulatory issues, research and education.

Mark Blumenthal

Founder & Executive Director, American Botanical Council Editor & Publisher, HerbalGram
SarahKoons

Experienced business builder through both her digital creative agency and elite membership group for cannabis professionals.

Sarah Koons

Owner, Sarah Koons Marketing & Co-Founder, Cannabis Leadership Network
RandiNeiner

30+ years in the nutritional products industry.

Randi Neiner

Director of Marketing Research, Shaklee Corporation
Brandy-Keen-BW

20 years experience in sales and customer relations. Eight-year cannabis industry veteran. Indoor agriculture requirements expert.

Brandy Keen

VP of Sales, Surna, Inc.
Rachel Gillette

Committed to the reform of federal and state marijuana laws. Areas of practice include business law, marijuana law, and tax law.

Rachel K. Gillette

Attorney, Executive Director of Colorado NORML, Founding Member of Women Grow
mentor-john-gaddis

John's practice focuses on corporate and business transactions and general corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, company formations, public offerings, strategic alliances and general corporate representation.

John Gaddis

Partner, KKO Attorneys at Law
mentor-jon-taylor

Jon specializes in securities and corporate law with extensive experience in emerging company issues, venture capital, M&A, private equity and public securities law compliance.

Jon Taylor

Partner, KKO Attorneys at Law
mentor-diane-czarkowski

As a pioneer in the industry, Diane was responsible for ensuring BKC could evolve with state and local regulations and worked closely with the local government to ensure compliance.

Diane Czarkowski

Managing Partner,Canna Advisors
mentor-jay-czarkowski

Jay has consulted on medical cannabis businesses in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, Illinois, and Canada.

Jay Czarkowski

Managing Partner,Canna Advisors
mentor-mark-nottoli

Mark is a Co-Founder of CanopyBoulder and a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in healthcare and regulated dietary supplement development and manufacturing.

Mark Nottoli

Co-Founder, CanopyBoulder & CEO, PharmaNutrients
mentor-jeff-donaldson

20 years experience in consumer marketing and brand development with organizations such as Crocs, Coors Brewing Company and The State of Colorado.

Jeff Donaldson

Co-Founder, Atomic20 Marketing
mentor-david-link

David brings over two decades of experience as a venture capitalist investor, investment banker and advisor to entrepreneurial companies, primarily in the LOHAS category.

David Link

Co-Founder, Green Sage MB
Ken Greer headshot

Ken has experience as both an investment banker and as part of the management of entrepreneurial companies focused on healthy, active and sustainable living

Ken Greer

Co-Founder, Green Sage MB
mentor-john-rose

John has experience both as a finance executive as well as an investor in the Venture Capital & Private Equity world.

John Rose

Principal, AVL Growth Partners
Austin Lee

Ex-Green Beret turned successful small business owner, entrepreneur and investor.

Austin Lee

President & CEO
mentor-michael-lovitch

Michael is an entrepreneur with over 11
years of experience creating companies in the
digital marketing, direct to consumer health
space.

Michael Lovitch

Co-Founder, RealDose Nutrition
mentor-rakesh-amin

A registered pharmacist by background and an attorney for 19 years he concentrates his practice in the areas of FDA, FTC, Patents, Trademarks, Licensing and Litigation. He primarily represents food, beverage, supplement, drug, cosmetic and medical device companies.

Rakesh Amin

Partner, Amin Talati
Ken Tapman

Ken Tapman is an attorney with over 40 years of experience working with regulations and regulators. He is also a certified FINRA arbitrator and a civil mediator.

Ken Tapman

Attorney
mentor-hollis-carter

Born an entrepreneur who started his first business before he could drive. Founder/Partner/Consultant in multiple online marketing ventures.

Hollis Carter

Chief Online Instigator
mentor-jon-cooper

20 years of entrepreneurship, business strategy, product management and marketing experience. Jon has helped raise over $45M for startups.

Jon Cooper

Co-CEO & Co-Founder, ebbu
mentor-morgan-paxhia

Morgan is the key navigator of the Fund, guiding Demeter Capital Group through the uncharted waters of the cannabis industry.

Morgan Paxhia

Founding Partner & Chief Investigator, Poseidon Asset Management
lauren clardy headshot

Marketing, strategy and commercialization expert with deep sector experience in nutraceuticals, functional foods, ingredients and bioactives.

Lauren Clardy

Founder, NUTRIMARKETING
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Operates industry-leading cannabis testing labs in multiple states and serves on the CO governor’s task force for the implementation of Amendment 64.

Genifer Murray

Founder, CannLabs
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Former owner of 4 dispensaries and 3 grow operations. 8 years gov’t relations and
consulting experience, the last 6 in MMJ policy

Jill Lamoureux

Director of Government Relations, CannLabs
Mathew Kind headshot

Seasoned entrepreneur and the voice behind CannaInsider.com a show that interviews the leading innovators in the cannabis industry.

Matthew Kind

Founder,
CannaInsider.com
Jessica-Geran-new

Cannabis company analyst and business development expert using connections throughout multiple industries to leverage company growth and exposure.

Jessica Geran

Director of Corporate Finance, Dutchess Capital
mentor-emily-paxhia

Emily spends her time analyzing the Cannabis marketplace and building relationships. She comes with 10+ years of experience working as a brand consultant and researcher.

Emily Paxhia

Founding Partner & Director of Relations, Poseidon Asset Management
Toby Krout headshot

Business accelerator badass. Managing Partner, Atomic20 and Scrib, Project Director, brandCOLORADO and Co-director, Boomtown Accelerator

Toby Krout

Co-Director, BoomTown
Russell-Harris-headshot

Russ is a lean-thinking techie entrepreneur that specializes in custom software, identifying target markets and user acquisition.

Russell Harris

Co-Founder, TalentRiot
James-Marion

Intellectual property, business and entertainment law specialist with niche

experience n trademark and branding strategy in the cannabis industry.

James Marion

Principal, Law Offices of James P. Marion, Esq.
David-Stumpf

David has held executive and leadership roles in academic, clinical practice, hospital, professional society, and payer venues.

David Stumpf, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr.-steven-katz-headshot

Dr. Katz is a national advocate for the legal cannabis industry and was recently reelected to his third term in the New York State Assembly. Dr. Katz founded the largest veterinary center in the Bronx in 1995.

Dr. Stephen M. Katz

New York State AssemblyFounder, Bronx Veterinary Center
Alan-Hawkins-headshot

Practicing attorney specializing in public and private business, investment and corporate law.

Alan Hawkins

Executive Director, ARCPC
Eric-Gricus

Serial entrepreneur and incubator expert focused on new company creation and commercialization.

Eric Gricus

Program Manager, Innovation Center of the Rockies
Ashley-Grace-Headshot

Award-winning marketing strategist with a proven track record of building business which help C-Level Marketers win.

Ashley Grace

SVP Sales, TruEffect
Michael-Blunk-headshot

Former SSDP Chairman and current entrepreneurial and investor connector for the cannabis industry.

Michael Blunk

Investor Relations, Green Well
Daniela-Vergara

Evolutionary biologist pioneer in the genomic research of cannabis

Daniela Vergara, PhD

CEO & Co-Founder Agricultural Genomics Foundation
Amanda-Reiman-Head-Shot

Overseer of marijuana reform efforts for the Drug Policy Alliance

Amanda Reiman

Marijuana Law and Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance
Andrea-Goldman-headshot

Healthcare banker, investor and advisor

Andrea Goldman

Angel Investor
Shaun-Gindi

6-year veteran of Colorado cannabis retail and commercial growing

Shaun Gindi

Owner, Compassionate Pain Management
alain-bankier-headshot

Early stage investor and active member of New York Angels.

Alain Bankier

Member, New York Angels Former CEO, The Manischewitz Company
SteveErnest

Founder of Mazakali, mentor and investor in the cannabis industry with nearly a decade of wall street experience.

Steven Ernest

Founder, Mazakali
SteveTaormina

Steve makes regulatory compliance simple. He's educated thousands of natural products companies - big and small - about FDA regulations for foods, drugs, supplements and cosmetics.

Steve Taormina

Standards Director at New Hope Natural Media
christian-nitu-headshot

Software entrepreneur and innovator.

Christian Nitu

Co-Founder & CEO, Weave.com
Ryan Hunter

Serial startup executive with a successful track record of growing businesses and brands.

Ryan Hunter

VP of Corporate Development, PotCo Wholesale
jeff-ullman-headshot

Serial entrepreneur, creative writer and multi-dimensional relationship expert for entrepreneurs

Jeff Ullman

Founder, Great Expectations
josh-kappel-headshot

Cannabis industry advocate and partner in the leading marijuana industry law firm

Josh Kappel

Partner, Vicente Sederberg
KevinFortin

Entrepreneur focused on technology, product development and business development. 20 years experience as a patent attorney.

Kevin Fortin

President & CEO, CBD Medicinals, LLC
Pat Schneider

General Management “C-level” executive with Fortune 500 and start-up experience in global operations, sales, marketing, new product development and turnarounds.

Pat Schneider

CEO, Healthy Bizz
NickHofmeister

A serial entrepreneur combining science and business experience across three startups.

Nick Hofmeister

Founder of Fabric, Triton, and Verdant
ScottJordan_BW

Debt investor in the cannabis industry

Scott Jordan

Director Business Development Dynamic Funding
Kara-Janowsky-Headshot

Leader in Empowerment and Advocate

Kara Janowsky

Boulder Women Grow Chapter Chair; BDS Analytics
Ian James

Life long B2B development career. IT, start-up, and high growth small business focus throughout. In cannabis industry since 2013.

Ian James

Principal
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Michael brings over 20 years of consumer insights and new product forecasting expertise to Canopy Boulder. His goal is to enable cannabis entrepreneurs to maximize their likelihood of success through use of professional market research tools and testing.

Michael Leventhal

Market Research Consultant
TravisHoward

Business attorney, cannabis consultant and operator, ex-systems admin with a heart for technology driven enterprises.

Travis Howard

Co-Founder, Green Dream Health Services; Founder, Shift Cannabis Co.
steven-trenk-photo

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor

Steven Trenk

Managing Director, Lizada Capital
MasonAwtry

Serial entrepreneur and strategic cannabis industry investor

Mason Awtry

Rainmaker - Entrepreneur - Private Equity Investor
Ashvath Narayanan

Executive experienced in venture development, starting from corporate strategy and program execution to product-line ownership and business development, especially in international settings and the technology sector.

Ashvath Narayanan

Partner at Prodachi
John_Campbell,_MD

Experienced leader of several companies, mostly in the healthcare space.

John Campbell, MD

President & CEO
SteveNorman

Serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of hands on experience in operations, branding, product development, startup strategy and team building.

Steve Norman

Principal at Playhouse Labs
DaveLevy

Extensive integrated media sales and digital product development experience in the Outdoor Industry, Natural Products Industry and Financial Advisory space.

Dave Levy

Co-founder, Publisher of ProTrails.com
BrianWilliams

15+ years working with venture-backed, early stage growth oriented businesses. Selected Mentor of the Year in the Clean Tech Open.

Brian Williams

Principal at AVL Growth Partners
GavinKogan

Expert in cannabis law with 15+ years experience representing start-ups in emerging industries from high-tech to green building concerns and cannabis businesses

Gavin Kogan

VP and General Counsel, INDUS Holdings
MaxLenderman

One of the world’s foremost experts on experiential marketing. Agency founder, CEO and author who builds businesses and campaigns that positively impact culture and the bottom line.

Max Lenderman

Founder & CEO, Schoolhelps.com
BenHaynes

Advertising veteran coming from 12 years of establishing, building and strengthening the brands of Fortune 500 companies.

Ben Haynes

Seasoned and Dynamic Account Guy
Dan DeGolier

Finance pro helping companies execute on growth plans by giving them visibility into their cash flow and raising capital.

Dan DeGolier

Part-time CFO to early stage companies
Betty Aldworth

Nonprofit and advocacy professional. Leading voice on women and cannabis, workplace diversity, and development for young professionals.

Betty Aldworth

Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
sumit

Founder of Mazakali, strategy & finance consultant at The Arcview Group, 20 years of wall street experience, mentor and investor in the cannabis industry.

Sumit Mehta

Founder, Mazakali
Mike_Dovbish

Experienced health and wellness industry professional and connector, with a focus on innovative startups and financing / partnerships.

Mike Dovbish

Executive Director, Nutrition Capital Network
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Entrepreneur and global cannabis investor with a strong background in sales and brand strategy.

Andrew Stoll

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor
Tom Olivo

Expert in Talent Management and analytics of Best Business Practices in Healthcare with 25+ years experience.

Tom Olivo

President, Success Profiles, Inc. & Founding Partner, Healthcare Performance Solutions
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Over ten years of expertise as a business lawyer, with experience practicing in the corporate, transactional and commercial litigation departments at two AmLaw 100 ranked law firms prior to founding Greenbridge.

Khurshid Khoja

Principal at Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
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Broad experience in design engineering and project leadership; computer, consumer and industrial electromechanical devices; coordination of mechanical, electrical and controls functions; in-depth manufacturing methods & materials knowledge

Christopher Rathweg

Creative Mechanical Engineer
DerekV

Focused on intellectual property negotiation and licensing strategies for consumer brands and commercial services

Derek Vanderwarker

Media Relations & IP Strategy
MeghanL

Co-Founder and CEO of Adistry, a Canopy company that is automating media buying for the cannabis industry.

Meghan Larson

Media & Advertising Entrepreneur
LouisH

Screen and manage the Arcview deal flow and build relationships with the best entrepreneurs in the industry.

Louis Han

Entrepreneur Relations at The ArcView Group
JohnV

10 years biotech startup experience with 4 companies

Jon Vaught

CEO at Front Range Biosciences
Jamie

Specialize in branding and package design for cannabis, food, and liquor brands.

Jamie Stearns

Creative Director at Croc & Plover
DaveD

Business minded attorney who focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and investors with a variety of corporate transactions needs

Dave DiGiacomo

Attorney at Modus Law
CallieW

Creative, process-oriented individual with a technical background bolstered by my professional experience in consulting operations, project management, and business development.

Callie Wentling

Business Development at Boulder Engineering Studios
MichaelG

Angel and Venture Investor with strong focus in software, Internet, financial services, consumer, industrial, and energy/clean-tech sectors

Michael Gruber

VC & Angel Investor
KeeganP

I have a passion for helping organizations (large and small) improve the quality and quantity of their workforce by utilizing technology solutions.

Keegan Peterson

Founder & CEO at Wurk
JeffH

Capital raising, deal sourcing & due diligence, investment committee member, portfolio management (investment structuring, negotiation & closing), relationship management with financing partners including banks and debt providers & board representation on portfolio companies.

Jeff Howard

Managing Partner at Salveo Capital
AlanK

Alan's experience ranges from recruiting founding teams, fundraising, leading M&A transactions to listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Alan Kane

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Why should you become a mentor?

  • Someone, at some point in your career, mentored you.
  • It’s fun and rewarding. You are an expert and its fun to help someone else succeed.
  • You want to improve the entrepreneurial community in Boulder and make it a regional hub for the responsible cannabis industry.
  • Networking! You want to meet other interesting, smart people in the legal cannabis industry.
  • You might be looking for new and interesting business opportunities for your self. CanopyBoulder will function as a hub for the industry in Boulder and has the support and engagement of many of the regional industry icons.
  • You’re looking for an investment opportunity. If so, here you go. CanopyBoulder will produce 20 “investment-ready” startups in the cannabis ancillary products and services markets.