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To be notified when applications for the next Cohort open, please click the button to the right. 

 

Additionally, we hold monthly Office Hours for entrepreneurs located in Southern California interested in learning more about our accelerator program as well as getting feedback on their businesses. If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming Office Hours, please submit a Canopy San Diego Office Hours Request Form – link located to the right.

What do you get out of the program?

Here are some good reasons to choose Canopy San Diego.

Industry Connections

The leading accelerator for the legal cannabis ancillary industry, partnered with the largest investor network

Seed Capital

We provide $20k + mentorship, education and services for 6-9.5% equity and the opportunity for an additional $50k in funding

Business Boot Camp

4-month accelerator culminating in a pitch event + lifetime connectivity to Canopy network

Inspiring Mentors

We match you with the pros - mentors and advisors from all backgrounds + early leaders in the cannabis industry

Tips + FAQs

Before applying to Canopy, please read through our TIPS and FAQs, and make sure you fully understand everything before submitting your application. Canopy only invests in ancillary products and services. We do NOT invest in companies that directly grow, process, test, or sell cannabis or cannabis derivatives. Please do NOT apply if you “touch” the plant.

For an inside look at what it’s like being in our accelerator, read “The Canopy Experience” by the CEO of MycoCann, one of our portfolio companies.

Program

The Canopy accelerator program achieves several key goals to help entrepreneurs build growth companies.

  • Defining the minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Conducting market research
  • Validating customer assumptions
  • Determining funding sources
  • Defining the go-to-market strategy
  • Refining business and financial models
  • Networking within the industry
  • Raising funds

People

Every company is defined by its people and Canopy is no exception. Our team brings a variety of resources to the table including access to industry insiders, insights into the cannabis market, and outstanding startup experience.

  • Business experience from startups to Fortune 500 firms
  • Hands-on experience in the cannabis industry
  • Access to cannabis industry leaders such as Steve DeAngelo, Troy Dayton and Patrick Rea.
  • Connections to the strongest investor network in the industry
  • Unparalleled mentorship opportunities

Business Sectors

Grow Tech – applications for lighting, design, processes, management software, mechanical systems, automation, and safety.

Energy & Water Technology – applications aimed at decreasing cultivation energy costs, and filtering and recapturing water.

Payments & Banking – solutions that serve the transactional, cash management and credit needs of the cannabis community.

Back Office – software solutions that address the unique HR, accounting, inventory control, CRM, and auditing requirements of the cannabis professional.

Social & Internet Media – solutions for information sharing, online communities, advertising and advocacy.

Data & Analytics – solutions for aggregating, managing, analyzing and presenting the large amounts of disparate data in the cannabis industry.

Certification & Standardization – solutions to improve reliability and safety in manufacturing processes and consumer products.

Packaging – solutions which address the unique needs of packaging cannabis related products, including labeling and storage.

Health – solutions to refine, communicate and promote the health applications of cannabis-derived products.

Extraction & Processing – solutions for efficiently processing plant matter into various extraction forms.

Women-led & Minority-led companies – Canopy San Diego is specifically supporting undervalued and underrepresented companies.