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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.


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

Jessica Billingsley

Co-Founder & CEO, 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, CanopyBoulder & CEO, The Arcview Group

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

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

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

Mark Ludlow

Founder, Ludlow Process & Equipment Design

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

Micah Tapman

Managing Director, CanopyBoulder

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

Texas cannabis entrepreneur and industry advocate with a background in policy, real estate, law and mentorship.

Patrick Moran

CEO & Managing Partner, AcquiFlow

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

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

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

30+ years in the nutritional products industry.

Randi Neiner

Director of Marketing Research, Shaklee Corporation

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

Brandy Keen

Co-Founder, Senior Technical Advisor, 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

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, KO Attorneys at Law

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, KO Attorneys at Law

Diane is one of the industry’s original cannabis entrepreneurs and Founding Partner at Canna Advisors. She has played an influential role in the cannabis market since its early stages, helping develop it into one of fastest growing industries in the United States.

Diane Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors

Jay Czarkowski is an influential cannabis entrepreneur, investor, and advocate. A well-connected and respected industry insider, Jay and his team have helped build cannabis businesses in 25 states.

Jay Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors

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

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

Jeff Donaldson

VP of Marketing at Skratch Labs

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

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

Michael is an entrepreneur with over 11
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digital marketing, direct to consumer health

Michael Lovitch

Co-Founder, RealDose Nutrition

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

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
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.

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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

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

Matthew Kind


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

Lauren Clardy

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Founder of Genifer M Jewelry, fine cannabis-inspired jewelry. Former founder of CannLabs and cannabis industry pioneer.

Genifer Murray

Founder, GENIFER M cannabis inspired jewelry

Former owner of 4 dispensaries and 3 grow operations. 8 years gov’t relations and
consulting experience, the last 6 in MMJ policy. Founder of Pure O&M, a consulting company for state licensing.

Jill Lamoureux

Co-Founder, Pure O&M Consulting

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

Russell Harris

Co-Founder, TalentRiot

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

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

Toby Krout

Co-Director, BoomTown

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

Alan Hawkins

Executive Director, ARCPC

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 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. 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

Early stage investor and active member of New York Angels.

Alain Bankier

Member, New York Angels Former CEO, The Manischewitz Company

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

Ashley Grace

Hemp Executive. Former CMO of Charlotte’s Web, cofounder of H. Hemp, GM of Stillwater Specialty Ingredients

Evolutionary biologist pioneer in the genomic research of cannabis

Daniela Vergara, PhD

CEO & Co-Founder Agricultural Genomics Foundation

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

Overseer of marijuana reform efforts for the Drug Policy Alliance

Amanda Reiman

VP Community Relations, Flow Kana

Healthcare banker, investor and advisor

Andi Goldman

Principal, ABG Advisory / Equitas Partners Fund
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6-year veteran of Colorado cannabis retail and commercial growing

Shaun Gindi

Owner, Ajoya Cannabis
Ryan Hunter

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

Ryan Hunter

COO GCH-Willie's Reserve

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

Steven Ernest

Founder, Mazakali

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

Business Manager, NSF International

Software entrepreneur and innovator.

Christian Nitu

Co-Founder & CEO,

Accomplished finance and operational executive working with entrepreneurs and early-stage companies to accelerate growth and build value.


Principal/CFO at AVL Growth Partners

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

Jeff Ullman

Founder, Great Expectations

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

Josh Kappel

Partner, Vicente Sederberg

An industry-leading Patent Attorney who specializes in Cannabis-related IP projects and patents. Kevin is also an entrepreneur and strategic technologist who has worked with some of the most interesting clients imaginable.

Kevin Fortin

Patent Attorney, Hoban Law Group LLC

Serial entrepreneur and strategic cannabis industry investor

Mason Awtry

Rainmaker - Entrepreneur - Private Equity Investor

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

Nick Hofmeister

Founder of Front Range Biosciences, Triton

Debt investor in the cannabis industry

Scott Jordan

Managing Director- Financial Services, Vertical

Bringing cannabis into the light through excellent financial practices.

Kara Janowsky

Founder & CEO of Sonder Bookkeeping
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

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

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.

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor

Steven Trenk

Managing Director, Lizada Capital

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

John Campbell, MD

President & CEO

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

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

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

Ben Haynes

Seasoned and Dynamic Account Guy

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,

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

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
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

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

10 years biotech startup experience with 4 companies

Jon Vaught

CEO at Front Range Biosciences
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In addition to his role at Mazakali, Sumit is the Finance and Strategy Consultant to The Arcview Group and Managing Partner at Emerald Ventures. Sumit currently serves on the Canopy Investment Committee an is a frequent speaker at investment seminars.

Sumit Mehta

CEO, Mazakali

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

Mike Dovbish

Executive Director, Nutrition Capital Network

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

Derek Vanderwarker

Media Relations & IP Strategy

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

Meghan Larson

Media & Advertising Entrepreneur

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

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

Michael Gruber

VC & Angel Investor

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

Jamie Stearns

Creative Director at Croc & Plover

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

Dave DiGiacomo

Attorney at Modus Law

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

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

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.