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].

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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.