Connecticut Social Equity Accelerator

You’re Invited to attend PITCH DAY and GRADUATION CELEBRATION LUNCHEON for the Connecticut Social Equity Cannabis Business Accelerator Program is Sept., 6, 2023

2-5 pm SHOWCASE & MIXER – Connecticut Social Equity Business Showcase & Cannabis Industry Mixer

Heartfelt thank you for supporting us as we celebrate the culmination of the Connecticut Social Equity Council’s Cannabis Business Accelerator Program! Your outreach is crucial to bring together key stakeholders in CT’s emerging Cannabis industry, accredited investors, Social Equity Council Members, community stakeholders, and the cannabis supply chain for the benefit of our Social Equity Entrepreneurs.

Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2023
Location: Norwalk Inn & Conference Center99 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851

  • 9 am -10 am Welcome VIP Coffee & Tea Reception (Invite Only)
  • 10 am – 12 pm Equity Entrepreneur Pitch Presentations to Investors (Invite Only)
  • 12 pm – 2 pm Graduation Celebration Luncheon – GET TICKETS
  • 2 pm – 5 pm Industry Showcase – GET TICKETS
Sleeping Room Block: Special Rate $124 + tax per night/room. Cut off date is 08/20/2023 & mention the “CT Social Equity Oaksterdam Accelerator.

This event is sponsored by The Oaksterdam Nonprofit for Education (The ONE), a national organization funding educational scholarship programs for individuals negatively affected by cannabis prohibition and establishing and supporting quality standards in cannabis education. All donations and sponsorships are 501(c)(3) tax-deductible; You will receive a letter of donation.

  • Get your brand recognized while supporting end empowering Connecticut Social Equity Entrepreneurs! Please refer to the sponsorship deck for details.
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Connecticut Social Equity Accelerator 

The State of Connecticut’s Social Equity Council has selected Oaksterdam University, America’s first cannabis college, in partnership with reSET, the social impact-focused entrepreneurial support organization based in Hartford, to provide the Cannabis Business Accelerator Program in Connecticut.

Technical business assistance and entrepreneurial support is available through the program to verified social equity applicants to assist in planning to start licensed cannabis businesses and promote regulatory compliance and industry best practices. For inquiries about Connecticut’s Social Equity Program, please email [email protected].

Meet the Coalition Partners

Oaksterdam UniversityOaksterdam University’s Educational Programs promote education as the path to equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry. OU fights to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities and to address the disproportionate impacts of the War on Drugs in those communities. For questions, please email OU at [email protected].
reSET –  reSET Based in Hartford, reSET is driven by the conviction that every business can consciously improve society while being financially successful. reSET serves 250 entrepreneurs each year, more than 75% of whom are women or people of color. reSET’s entrepreneurial programs support for-profit businesses prioritizing positive social or environmental impact alongside profit. The organization creates social enterprises through Incubators, workshops, and Mentor Network support from ideation to launch.
MCBA – Minority Cannabis Business Association – Founded in 2015, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the largest national trade association dedicated to minority cannabis businesses and their communities. MCBA represents a minority and allied cannabis business with a vision for an equitable, just, and responsible cannabis industry. Its mission is to empower and support minority entrepreneurs through culturally informed advocacy, education, and resources.
Arcview – The Arcview Group has over a decade of experience assisting thousands of cannabis operators to prepare to raise capital to launch and scale their businesses. Additionally, The Arcview Group was a co-owner of–and helped create–Canopy Boulder, the first cannabis-focused accelerator program in the world.
INCBA – International Cannabis Bar Association – The International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) was founded to serve the local, state, national, and international practice of cannabis law across the globe. The INCBA’s vast network of practitioners from various practice areas and jurisdictions supports social equity operators and applicants on regulatory compliance, entity formation, governance, management and partnership agreements, finance, real estate, local land use, and zoning.
The Social Equity Council of the State of Connecticut has selected Oaksterdam University and reSET’s joint proposal for a cannabis accelerator program. The parties are currently negotiating the terms of a contract. The Connecticut Social Equity Council is not responsible for any content of Oaksterdam University and reSET’s communications nor endorse or support any content that may be contained on Oaksterdam or reSET’s website, printed materials, or in its other forms of communications.  The Connecticut Social Equity Council is not liable for any damages or claims that may arise from the content of this website or interpretations attributed to such contents.