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Venture Summit

New for Vegas ’22

The MJ Unpacked Venture Summit is a highly curated half-day event exclusively for fund managers, family office executives, and UHNW individuals actively investing in the cannabis industry.


This separately ticketed event will provide insights into the market opportunities while power networking with the people funding the growth.  Whether you are looking to syndicate an investment opportunity or explore potential exits for your portfolio companies, this will be the place where deals get done.


Registration to MJ Unpacked is required, and acceptance for the Venture Summit is for investors only.


Wednesday, September 28

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12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hosted Networking Lunch

Welcome Remarks and Introductions:

George Jage
George Jage, CEO, Jage Media, Inc.
Kerry_Gumas at MJ Unpacked
Kerry Gumas, CEO, Metacomet Advisors

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm

Public Markets for Cannabis

Public capital markets often offer the highest exit valuations for private companies, but these remain limited for cannabis. This panel of experts with unique perspectives will discuss IPOs, reverse mergers, SPACs, PIPE investments, and the opportunities for capitalization in the market at the moment.

Vivien Azer
Vivien Azer, Managing Director, Cowen & Company
Terry Buffalo
Terry Buffalo, Former CEO & CFO, American Cannabis Company, Inc., and Board Member, One World Products
Richard Carleton
Richard Carleton, CEO, Canadian Securities Exchange
Leonard Tannenbaum, CEO, Advanced Flower Capital
Leonard Tannenbaum, CEO, Advanced Flower Capital

2:10 pm – 2:50 pm

The Latest from the Hill

The industry has been waiting for action on a federal level. Whether it is access to safe banking, interstate commerce, re- or de-scheduling, and ultimately federal legalization, each will profoundly impact access to capital, valuations, and exits. Get the latest on the prospects on the hill from this panel of insiders.

Neal Levine at MJ Unpacked
Neal Levine, Senior Strategic Advisor, Terrapin Care Station
Pamela Epstein at MJ Unpacked
Pamela Epstein, American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp (ATACH) Member and Chair Committee on Standards
Sheri Orlowitz, Founding Partner, Council for Federal Cannabis
Sheri Orlowitz, Founder & Chair, Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation
Steph Sherer
Steph Sherer, Founder & President, Americans for Safe Access

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Global Market Report

BDSA, the leading market analytics, and consumer insights firm, will share high-level domestic and global market insights from their freshly released September market forecast, retail sales tracking data, and consumer insights including market sizes, state outlooks, consumer penetration, and analysis of top-performing brand and product trends.

Liz Stahura, Co-Founder & COO, BDSA
Liz Stahura, Co-Founder & COO, BDSA

3:40 pm – 4:20 pm

The Exits Panel

Join this panel of executives who have successfully exited their cannabis business and learn how they got it done, what to watch out for, and where the next big opportunities lie.

Emily Paxhia
Emily Paxhia, Managing Director, Poseidon Investment Management
Ron Gershoni, Co-Founder & CEO, Jetty Extracts at MJ Unpacked
Ron Gershoni, Co-Founder & CEO, Jetty Extracts
Mina Mishrikey at MJ Unpacked
Mina Mishrikey, Head of Investments, Merida Capital Holdings
Chris Polaszek at MJ Unpacked
Chris Polaszek, Chief Legal Officer and Board Member, High End Holdings

4:20 pm – 5:00 pm

Champagne Reception

Wrap up the day with our champagne and wine reception for some power networking before hitting the big show on the main floor.

The cost to attend the Venture Summit is $150.00

Thank you to our Venture Summit Sponsors!

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