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


Experience in data-com, industrial real-estate, and international trade. Angel investor with focus on IP, scalability, management and markets.

Eric Gomez

CEO & Founder Partner, Canopy San Diego

As a Head Analyst for Tech Coast Angels reviewed 550+ funding applications, 600+ investor presentations, and led Due Diligence efforts for $27M worth of investments in 35 companies.

Jack Scatizzi

Managing Director & Founder Partner, Canopy San Diego
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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
Micah Tapman

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

Micah Tapman

Managing Director, CanopyBoulder
Kimberly Simms

7 years providing legal services to the cannabis industry, including business formation, contracts, regulatory compliance, and all other transactional needs throughout the business lifecycle.

Kimberly Simms

Attorney at Law Office of Kimberly R. Simms | Chapter Chair of San Diego Women Grow
Shabnam Malek

Brand & Branch advises clients on intellectual property ownership, enforcement, and defense; growth strategies for companies in all stages; disputes, advertising, privacy, and online compliance issues.

Shabnam Malek

Founding partner Brand & Branch LLP | Co-founder National Cannabis Bar Association | Founding co-chair Bay Area chapter of Women Grow
Amanda Conley

Brand & Branch advises clients on intellectual property ownership, enforcement, and defense; growth strategies for companies in all stages; disputes, advertising, privacy, and online compliance issues.

Amanda Conley

Founding partner Brand & Branch LLP | Co-founder National Cannabis Bar Association | Founding co-chair Bay Area chapter of Women Grow
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Manages high growth accounting practice. Motto: Forget strategy, improve your operations.

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Melani Gordon’s innate leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and ultimate passion for all things craft and premium beverage has quickly made her a sought-after industry influencer. She has more than 15 years of marketing and sales expertise, and held senior roles at a variety of high-tech and startup firms.

Melani Gordon

CEO/co-Founder, Taphunter

Mark has created and sold hundreds of millions of dollars of branded products within the action sports space.

Mark Schmid

CEO, Artfunction Inc.

Graphic design and branding services as well as packaging design and overall business collateral design.

Catherine Cowart

Catherine Cowart Design

Worked with over 13 companies in his career, of which the companies have raised > $500m in capital. Five have been acquired, two with his involvement.

Michael Anderson

COO, Doctible
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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

From startup to fortune 500, Mark has been active in the Mobile Wireless space since the early 90’s. In a partial pivot, Mark is now applying new focus into this nascent market as an Investor. Having garnered a unique array of talents and experiences in both business and life, he hopes to put a slight, yet meaningful, personal touch on Canopy’s pioneering companies.

Mark Seely

President, Mobile Systems Consulting
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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
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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

Summer is an award-winning startup CEO and serial entrepreneur whose previous companies have launched products and services for new and niche markets in digital health, personalized disease prevention, clinical trials, fitness, and medical tourism.

J. Summer Rogers

CEO, SouthDoctors

Business development professional with progressive experience in sports and active lifestyle, non-profit, technology and life sciences industries. Successes include building and leading teams, supervising business operations and designing strategic plans.

Lisa Freedman

Business Development Professional

Most young companies focus on growing rather than how to scale. Putting process in place in the beginning is counter-intuitive. Susan’s style is to avoid that common pitfall with strong operational workflows.

Susan Rust

Founder, 4blooms

A ``Brand Architect``, Norm is a driven, creative business leader and dynamic marketer with over 40 years of distinguished success in wholesale and manufacturing active apparel consumer goods. Accomplished at realizing, revitalizing, and growing businesses. Norm embraces and excels at transformative assignments where the challenges have been innovation, strategy, growth, and culture.

Norm Zwail

Consultant, w-k-w-t-c-b
Linc Fish

Lincoln has served as a CEO, CFO, VP of Sales, and VP of Marketing at various startups and established firms. His passion is problem-solving and positioning for entrepreneurial firms.

Linc Fish

Founder Partner, Canopy San Diego | CEO, OutCo

A proud Berkeley Bear, Wyatt is a trained engineer who transitioned his skillset for use in the startup world. With a passion for business development, he loves connecting the dots.

Wyatt Hinshaw

Founder Partner, Canopy San Diego | Director of Business Development, Assay Depot
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Proud graduate of McGill University, scientist, business development professional and investor with a focus on securing clear and clean exit strategies.

Daniel Yazbeck

Founder & CEO, MyDx, Inc.
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Former Merrill Lynch, Prudential Capital Markets and Investor Relations Professional, Sourced $100M+ in growth capital. Desires to help emerging companies navigate the shark infested waters of MicroCap Finance.

Barry Clark

Founder Regal Barrington, Co-Founder MJ Infusion Technology Co.
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Attorney and consultant with focus on compliance integration strategies for highly-regulated organizations. Biotech and start-up experience.

Lee Meryash

Attorney and Co-Founder, Greenfaro

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

Josh Kappel

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

Joe Chivini

Business Development Manager , ORBA
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Substantial experience in the strategic global sales, marketing, and business development of life science products.

Fred Hill

Communications Strategist, The Townsend Team

Advising cannabis founders on strategy, customer research, product development, brand positioning, marketing, lean methodology and growth hacking.

Starlight Mundy

Founder, Craft Mary Jane

Co-Founder of Tradiv and part of the 1st ever CanopyBoulder class. Extensive background in start-up sales/business development within the Cannabis Industry.

Geoff Doran

Co-Founder/VP, Business Development, Tradiv (CanopyBoulder Spring 2015 class)

Providing accounting and tax services with a focus on entity selection and 280E tax strategy within the cannabis industry.

Tim Lavelle

CPA, Lavelle & Associates
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Serial entrepreneur with deep experience in start-ups, from formation, funding (bootstrap, as well as VC), growth and successful exit.

Charles Gillespie

Principal, Gillespie Enterprises

Writer & consultant with prolific expertise in cannabis culture: from branding & digital media, to retail & cannabis technology, wellness industry, community relations & politics

Roni Stetter

Solutions at Cannabis Reports, Women Grow San Diego Chapter Co-Chair
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Cannabis scientist by profession, organic chemist by training; consults on diverse scientific questions for production and testing of cannabis goods and instruments.

Dr. Markus Roggen

Chief Scientific Officer at DaVinci Laboratory of California

20 years advising in areas of funding strategies and public markets. Over 4 years advising cannabis companies in regulatory compliance and local municipal law

Gina M. Austin

Managing Attorney, Austin Legal Group, APC

Tech entrepreneur with a dot-com boom exit and six years in cannabis. Diverse background in software, multimedia, network engineering, and private jets.

Angel Stanz

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Many years of expertise related to inventory and supply chain demand, with focus on vendor to retailer process review.

Jim Malone

Senior Analyst, RMSA

Experienced in enterprise level business development and consulting in the retail, dining, and cannabis industries.

Keegan Peterson

Founder & CEO of Wurk (CanopyBoulder Spring 2016 Class)
Roy Bingham

Passionate about optimizing business results through the use of technology, marketing and data.

Roy Bingham

Founder & CEO BDS Analytics (CanopyBoulder Spring 2015 Class)
Liz Stahura

Expert on industry analysis and converting data into meaningful insights and actionable strategies.

Liz Stahura

Co-Founder & Vice President, BDS Analytics

Bryan has spent the last fifteen years specializing in providing strategic tenant representation and multi-market advisory services on behalf of local and national clients. He understands the specific challenges facing tenants, and can articulate detailed strategies and implement solutions in today's dynamic market.

Bryan Geisbauer

Senior Vice President/Partner, Kidder Matthews

With a global track record sourcing, closing and leading high-value ($100M+) strategic partnerships, Kevin specializes in exceptional returns through greater efficiency and bigger revenue streams. Business development, ops, tech, supply chain and manufacturing executive who can build sales and operations from the ground up.

Kevin McClave

President/Owner, Melvin Enterprise

Franco is an author for real estate technology and has assisted start-ups with their PR and content strategy and execution.

Franco Faraudo

Terra Luna Real Estate

Allison Justice is the Director of Research and Development at OutCo. Labs. Allison received a PhD. from Clemson University in Plant and Environmental Science where she focused on controlled environment plant production.

Allison Justice

Director of R&D, Outco Labs

With over 20 years of corporate management/marketing experience and over 17 years as a business owner, Linda enjoys helping companies grow through planning, and marketing.

Linda Neumann

Director, Brilliant Marketing Ideas

Zach has experience in early stage venture capital and seed-stage investing. Interested in the cannabis market as it matures both legally and as an industry.

Zach Hamilton

Head of Expansion, Roam Intl.

Michael Umansky is a partner in Sheppard Mullin's Corporate Practice Group and is the Team Leader of the firm's Emerging Company/Venture Capital team. He specializes in helping startups get formed, funded and sold.

Michael Umansky

Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

A technologist with a breadth of experience as an intrapreneur, entrepreneur, consultant, advisor, and mentor.

Topher Williams

CTO/CFO, MomCoApp Inc.

Strategic Management has developed over two billion in asset value of controversial waste, wastewater, energy or renewable company projects. Expert in permitting, zoning and siting of difficult or new projects that lack prior regulatory grooves and public opposition.

Kelly Sarber

CEO/President, Strategic Management

A natural team builder, Ms. Wilner specializes in helping organizations build strategic plans and identify operational efficiencies by focusing on core strengths, long term vision, and creative problem solving.

Hannah Wilner

CEO, Achieve Int’l

Chad helps clients start and operate their businesses in legal compliance, and assist clients with general corporate transactional matters and with finding other legal services a new company needs.

Chad Ensz

Partner, Dentons

Business analyst experienced in corporate finance.

Kristopher Kagan

Senior Director/Finance,

Business performance advisor with a passion for assisting business owners navigate all aspects of being an employer while maximizing human capital.

Dana Tennis

Business Performance Advisor, Insperity

Why Become a Mentor?

Pay it forward – Someone, at some point in your career, mentored you.


Rewarding – You are an expert and it is personally gratifying to help someone else succeed.


Community – You want to improve the entrepreneurial community in San Diego and make it a regional hub for the legal cannabis industry.


Networking – You want to meet other interesting, smart people in the legal cannabis industry.


Opportunity – You might be looking for new and interesting business opportunities for yourself. Canopy San Diego will function as a hub for the industry in San Diego and has the support and engagement of many regional icons.


Investment – You are looking for an investment opportunity. Canopy San Diego will produce 40 “investment-ready” startups each year in the legal cannabis ancillary products and services markets.