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Venture Summit

The MJ Unpacked Venture Summit is a highly curated full-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.


Tuesday, October 10

10:00 am – 10:30 am

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Opening Introductions

Be on time for our signature audience introductions to kick off the connections.

Wendy Campbell
VP of Sales
Jage Media, Inc.
Stacey Udell
HBK Valuation Group LLC

10:40 am – 11:20 am

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Schedule 3: How it will happen

This fireside chat with Chris Lindsey, one of the leading public policy advisors in cannabis, will discuss the recent announcements to move cannabis to Schedule 3 and the expected process and outcomes for federal policy reform.

Moderated By
Stacey Udell
HBK Valuation Group LLC
Bob Hoban
Member | Co-Chair Cannabis Industry Group | Member-in-Charge, Denver Office
Clark Hill
Chris Lindsey
Director of State Advocacy and Public Policy

11:20 am – 12:00 pm

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Schedule 3: What it means

The Federal Government, via HHS, officially stated that cannabis has potential medical benefit with a low-risk of abuse. With the anticipation of eliminating 280e taxation, increased valuations, and potential listings and interstate commerce, this panel will explore the expected changes to advertising, investment strategy, and operations in the improved market conditions.

Moderated By
Kris Krane
CEO & Founder
Kranewreck Enterprises
Allison Disney
Founding Board Member
Cannabis Media Council
Jordan Youkilis
Founding Partner
KEY Investment Partners

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

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Hosted Lunch for Venture Summit Attendees

12:50 pm – 1:30 pm

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How to Avoid Receivership

In a challenging and competitive market, cannabis operators may find themselves behind the 8-ball. With no federal bankruptcy protection afforded to plant-touching businesses, receivership is usually the last resort. This panel of experts will discuss how companies can make sure they do not get to this point, how to stress test your financials, and steps that can be taken to avoid losing control of your assets.

Moderated By
Kevin Washburn
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Marco Eadie
Managing Director
Maher Faik
Senior Manager Business Solutions
Rick Shounia
Chief Financial Officer
Cloud Cannabis Co.

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm

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Evolving VC Objectives

Change is the only constant in the cannabis industry. With industry valuations sinking, no clear path to regulatory reprieve for operators, and shakes ups throughout, learn how leading venture funds are honing in their investment objectives to capitalize on current market conditions.

Moderated By
Jeanne Sullivan
Arcview Collective Fund
Speaker at MJ Unpacked cannabis trade show
Kraig Fox
Managing Partner
U-Bet Advisory
Heather Molloy
Managing Partner & Founder
Speedwell Partners
Mike Smith
Vice President
Delta Emerald Ventures

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm

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Financial Considerations for Interstate Expansion

In the race to build a national brand, companies have taken varying approaches to expanding into new state markets. But before the sales, marketing and operations teams move in, expansion must be vetted by the financial pros to ensure a high likelihood of success. And a miscalculation can be devasting for the long-term objectives of the brands. This panel will discuss the key financial benchmarks they use in determining the best new market opportunities in the race to create the future multi-billion-dollar brands in cannabis.

Moderated By
Sumer Thomas
Director of Regulatory Operations
Canna Advisors
Chonie Bradley
1906 Brands
Stephanie Daley
VP Market Expansion
Wana Brands
Speaker at MJ Unpacked cannabis conference
Paul Vancea
Kosmik Brands

2:50 pm – 3:30 pm

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CEO Strategies for Success

It is no secret that leading a cannabis company in today’s market involves many complexities. Finding investors, product/market fit, the right team, etc. are just a few of the challenges CEOs face. Hear from CEOs who are navigating this space and creating unique solutions to succeed.

Moderated By
Rachelle Gordon
William McKenzie
Left Coast Holdings
Edgar Ramon
Co-Founder & CEO
Fields Cannabis
LaToyia Rucker

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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Deal Flow

This closing power session will review the current capital raises from exhibitors and sponsors participating at MJ Unpacked to help you target the conversations to have over the coming days.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Early VIP Event Access

Early VIP access to the Brand Experience Hall to directly engage with the operators and investment opportunities.