The 2019 Accelerator Program Applications are open! Apply today.

The Initiative is an accelerator program for women providing the necessary tools to succeed – education, mentoring, confidence in raising money, and one of the largest networks in cannabis.

Applicants

We couple the right tools with access to funding and an unparalleled understanding of cannabis regulatory and market forces.

The Initiative accelerator program works with female founded, post revenue businesses in the consumer goods market segment- but we are open if you do something amazing in one of the other market segments. 

Should I Apply?

If your cannabis business has at least one female founder, you should consider applying if:

You are interested in aggressive national growth.

You are ready to raise money, even if it’s for the first time.

Your product exists in production, no matter what stage, in any legal state.

You are ambitious, driven and ready to dominate the market.

You are interested in learning the absolute fundamentals of business strategy, team building, executive training and marketing and branding.

How It Works

On September 1st, 2018, the Initiative opens applications for a three month accelerator program starting the first week in January in Portland, Oregon. This is an intensive, business accelerator where businesses will receive immersive, hands on training.

Created and supported by experts in each field, brought in from across the country, this program prepares you and your business to fulfill your strategic goals and raise the capital you need to grow.

Areas of focus

  • Strategic growth
  • Pitch deck creation
  • Executive training
  • Understanding fundraising
  • Team building
  • Financial basics, budgets, creation of financials
  • Branding, marketing, social media and website creation and improvement
  • Negotiating deals, corporate structure and employment law
  • Ongoing feedback on fundraising strategy in preparation to go out and raise
  • Ongoing mentoring from someone selected specifically for and matched with your needs

Completion

At the end of the program, each business will have the opportunity to pitch to a group of investors who have made a commitment to fund female founded businesses in this space through an exclusive curated demo day. Additionally, the top businesses in each class may be awarded money contributed by our sponsors.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form below. We work with businesses from anywhere and may be able to help locate housing if you are coming from out of state.

Application

Applicants

Applications are now open for the accelerator program to begin early January 2019. Learn more above and apply below. After we receive your initial application the review committee comprised of members of the Board will review and we will reach back out for more information as needed. The first class will be announced at the Hustle Hard Retreat in Bend on October 19th-21st. Please note, all of the information you share is confidential.   

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