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Cannabis & Capital Investor Networking Forum 2023

24feb12:00 pm7:00 pmCannabis & Capital Investor Networking Forum 2023Join Fellow Entrepreneurs and Investors at the Cannabis & Capital Investor Networking Forum at the Los Angeles Convention Center Hosted by the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.

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Cannabis & Capital
Investor Networking Forum



Join Fellow Entrepreneurs and Investors at the Cannabis & Capital Investor Networking Forum at the Los Angeles Convention Center Hosted by the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.
Free Parking at West Hall Parking Garage 
Enter on Pico Blvd Between Figueroa St and LA Live Way
Friday, February 24, Doors Open 12:00 PM


  • Are you thinking about entering the Los Angeles licensed cannabis industry and want more information?
  • Are you a cannabis entrepreneur and need funding assistance?
  • Are you looking for potential business partners or Social Equity opportunities?
Register Here

Los Angeles Convention Center – West Hall 



-EVENT TIME 1:00 – 7:00 PM








Attend this free and open to the public event to learn about the investment side of the Los Angeles cannabis market, connect with entrepreneurs, startups, existing businesses, operators, investors and capital funding opportunities. Cannabis & Capital will feature local and nationally recognized cannabis industry experts and investors as well as discussion panels, exhibitor booths, free professional headshot photos and more.

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The Biltmore Hotel, $159/night

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Each participating organization will have an activation area at the event. They will be designated as members of one of the following groups: operator, influencer, industry advocacy groups, investors, ancillary services, and resource organizations.

Keynote Speakers

Cory Azzalino

CEO of Eaze

Cory is a CPA with over a decade of experience in accounting and private equity, where he invested over $1 billion across 20+ transactions as well as raising $20 million on behalf of startups.
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Panel #1: How to Get to Yes

Moderator – Timeka Drew, Founder & CEO of Biko Flower
Timeka Drew is an operating social equity license holder and seasoned cannabis industry executive. She is the recipient of a social equity retail storefront license in LA and is the founder and CEO of Biko, a California cannabis brand focused on producing luxurious, effective products.
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Shyra Costas

Investment Associate at
Delta Emerald

Shyra is an Associate of Delta Emerald Ventures. Shyra is a strategist focused on identifying exciting opportunities, connecting like-minded innovators, and enabling early businesses to thrive.
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Cannabis Consultant & Counsel 

Morrison joined the budding legal Cannabis (also called “Ganja” or “The Healing of the Nations”) industry in August of 2014 when she opened 7, the Sacred Smoke Sanctuary in Denver, CO with her partner.
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Max Carlson
EVP of Sales at Green Growth CPA’s

Max is a seasoned financial professional with 20 years of experience in consulting, sales, and leadership. He has held various senior roles at Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank, where he successfully led teams across Northern California. Max’s mission is to help clients and partners achieve their success and maximize efficiency.
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Panel # 2: From Pitch to Profit

Moderator – Toni Forge, Esq., Founder & CEO of 4LeafConsulting
For over 25 years, Toni Forge has worked as a litigator, managing attorney, state mediator and associate general counsel.
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Amber Senter,
Founder & CEO of MAKR House

I’m Amber E. Senter, an entrepreneur.

I have over twenty years of marketing and project management experience. I am founder and CEO of MAKR House, a distribution and infused cannabis products company.

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Whitney Beatty
CEO of Apothecarry Brands / CEO of Josephine & Billie’s / VP of Supernova Women / Creative Development Executive / Advocate

Whitney Beatty is a dynamic reality television development exec turned cannabis entrepreneur.
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Bryant Mitchell
Owner & Founder of Blaqstar Farms

Founded in 2012, Blaqstar Farms is based on principles of cultivating clean and high quality cannabis products.
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Yvette McDowell

Attorney & Municipal Cannabis Consultant


With life experience including careers as a firefighter-paramedic, a City Prosecutor, a  trial attorney and currently a Cannabis Law Consultant, meet Yvette McDowell.


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Panel # 3: Preparing for the Investment Journey

Moderator – Jake Kuczeruk, VP of Business Development,
The Arcview Group
Jake is one of the more visible and highly respected cannabis industry executives. He led The Arcview Group’s Business Development team as Vice President and oversaw and vetted hundreds of Cannabis and CBD companies, focusing on driving sales and partnerships.
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Baron Davis
Investor in Cann 

Entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder, over a thirteen-year career, Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks.
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Madison Shockley III

Owner & Founder of Carde Cannabis / Co-Founder & President of Cannabis Equity Policy Council

Madison was an actor and producer before he dedicated himself to fighting for equity cannabis applicants and operators in the City of Los Angeles in 2018. He is also the co-founder of the Social Equity Owners and Workers Association (SEOWA).
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Krishnan Varier

Arcadian Capital 

Krishnan joined Arcadian in 2018 to help lead our principal investing activities, including deal sourcing, due diligence and negotiations, bringing more than 15 years of financial services and Wall Street deal-making experience and knowledge.
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Nidhi Lucky Handa
Founder & CEO of LEUNE 

Nidhi Lucky Handa is the Founder and CEO of LEUNE, a California-based lifestyle brand forged on the principle of radicalizing the common narrative surrounding cannabis culture. Prior to founding LEUNE in 2018, Handa acquired years of experience in Luxury Brand Communications while residing in Boston and New York.
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  • 12:00PM – Doors Open
  • 1:00PM – Professional Headshots (All Day)
  • 1:30PM – Welcome Address – Dr. Imani Brown
  • 2:00PM – Keynote Speaker
  • 3:00PM – Panel # 1 – How To Get to Yes
  • 3:50PM – Panel # 2 – From Pitch to Profit
  • 4:40PM – Panel # 3 – Preparing for the Investment Journey
  • 5:10PM – Networking Cocktail Hour w/ Cash Bar
  • 7:00PM – Event Ends
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