“We’re fortunate to have an amazing lineup of experts to explore key issues facing the cannabis and related industries,” said Peter Adams, executive director of Rockies Venture Club. “Serious investors are beginning to pay attention"
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Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 13, 2014
CEO Troy Dayton of The ArcView Group and Roberto Lopesino, vice president of business development for Advanced Cannabis Solutions, will keynote the Rockies Venture Club’s first Cannabis Capital Summit May 29 at Mile High Station in Denver.
Dayton, who will deliver the opening address, is a founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and a board member of the Marijuana Policy Project. The ArcView Group is one of the leading investment networks in the cannabis industry.
Lopesino will be the luncheon speaker. He’s a leading expert on the growing and pricing of legalized marijuana. He operates a consulting business that monitors the medical marijuana market in Colorado and operates a non-brokered commodities market for the commercial production of medical-grade marijuana. He once owned one of the largest marijuana-growing facilities in the state and consults with companies planning new growing facilities.
“We’re fortunate to have Troy, Roberto and an amazing lineup of other experts to explore key issues facing the cannabis and related industries,” said Peter Adams, executive director of Rockies Venture Club. “Serious investors are beginning to pay attention to this controversial and exciting new industry. We believe this is a must-attend event for anyone interested in exploring the potential for investing in cannabis-related businesses.”
The Cannabis Capital Summit will include panels on investing in cannabis, banking and cannabis businesses, the future of legalization of marijuana, and support services for cannabis businesses.
Several investable marijuana-related companies will make pitches for capital investment, and a variety of cannabis-related vendors will participate in an expo featuring the latest products and services in the market. A forum for accredited investors potentially interested in investing in cannabis business deals will be held the next day.
Other speakers at the Cannabis Capital Summit:
- Investing in Cannabis. Moderated by Jill Lamoureux, former cannabis dispensary operator and a partner in Denver Relief Consulting. Panelists: Tripp Keber, CEO of Dixie Elixirs and Edibles and one of the state’s most successful cannabis entrepreneurs; Chris Holmes, founder and managing director of Smokejump Capital, an investment fund that focuses on cannabis opportunities in Colorado and elsewhere; Christian Sederberg, a partner in Vicente Sederberg, a law firm specializing in representing clients in the marijuana industry. Issues to be explored: What should investors look for in cannabis businesses to get good returns while minimizing risks? How can cannabis companies best position themselves for investment and where can they find qualified, interested investors?
- Banking and cannabis businesses. Moderated by David Migoya, business investigations and personal finance reporter for the Denver Post. Panelists: Don Childears, executive director of the Colorado Banking Association; Michael Elliott, executive director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group; Alan Peppers, president of Westerra Credit Union. Issues to be explored: What are the implications of banking regulations for the cannabis industry?
- Pandora’s Box (Future of Legalization). Moderated by Professor Sam Kamin, director of the Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver. Panelists: Andrew Freedman, the State of Colorado’s first director of marijuana coordination; Pat Linden, counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Titus Peterson, an attorney and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Issues to be explored: First medical marijuana, then Colorado and Washington legalize recreational use. What’s next? Will the dominos begin to fall and other states follow suit? What are the opportunities for cannabis businesses to take advantage of this sea change? And what are the pitfalls?
- Picks and Shovels. Moderated by Steve B. Warnecke, CEO of Evolutionary Genomics Inc., which is exploring the genome of cannabis and other agricultural products. Panelists: Amy Poinsett, co-founder and CEO of MJ Freeway Business Solutions, which provides point-of-sale, inventory-tracking, manufacturing and cultivation-management software for marijuana businesses; Scott Dittman, CEO of FusionPharm, which manufacturers the PharPod growing system for cannabis growers. Issues to be explored: In the 19th Century gold rush, the people who made the most money were the ones who supplied picks and shovels to the miners. What are the non-grow/non-retail opportunities for businesses in the cannabis industry?
The Cannabis Capital Summit will be at Mile High Station, 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue. Cost is $229 for the public, $199 for Basic members of the Rockies Venture Club and $159 for full members. Register online at http://cannabiscapitalsummit.org/.
Companies interesting in making pitches or participating in the expo can contact Rockies Venture Club at info(at)rockiesventureclub(dot)org.
About Rockies Venture Club
Rockies Venture Club is the nation’s oldest Angel Investing Group, founded in 1985. RVC’s mission is to advance Economic Development by actively connecting investors with the most promising entrepreneurial companies and by offering education programs for both angel investors and entrepreneurs. Rockies Venture Club will hold more than 100 educational workshops, mastermind groups, angel forums and conferences in 2014 – including its annual Angel Capital Summit and Colorado Capital Conference.
Executive Director, Rockies Venture Club
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