FORBES “Women’s Cannabis Business Accelerator ‘The Initiative,’ Launches In Portland” by Julie Weed

By |Published On: January 22nd, 2019|1 min read|

Ten female-run cannabis businesses will spend three months at a Portland accelerator sharpening their business skills and getting their products and companies ready to launch nationally. The Initiative, led by Amy Margolis, began on January 7 and will work with women cannabis entrepreneurs and executives to get them ready for demo day in April. That’s when they will present business plans to potential funders.

“So many challenges, so many goals!” said Amy Risch, founder of Hana Medicinals. Risch’s main objective for the program is to have her ideas “vetted by world class experts and to work with the Initiative team to formulate a strategic plan.”

The Initiative was created to rebalance the gender discrepancy in the cannabis industry, according to Margolis who co-founded the project. Women in the industry face many of the same challenges they do elsewhere in business including gender bias in funding. Margolis hopes to change that.


The first cohort includes:

  • Tokeativity offering a series of events to connect and empower women

If you want to see who else made the first round in this female-focused accelerator, read the entire article over on the Forbes website.

About the Author: Lisa Snyder

Lisa Snyder
Lisa Snyder is the Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Tokeativity, The Global Feminist Community for Active Cannabis Culture. She is a feminist and plant medicine advocate with over 25 years of digital strategy experience and has passionately supported the self-healing revolution through consumption and plant medicine advocacy. She has been recognized for her work in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, Yahoo! Finance, The Guardian, MJ Lifestyle, Travel Portland, Dope Magazine, Civilized, Magnetic Magazine, Willamette Week, and Time Out New York among others. After losing both parents to cancer in her 20’s, she passionately partnered her community building, feminist event planning, and web skills with fellow event planner, cannabis entrepreneur and community builder, Samantha Montanaro, to create Tokeativity in 2016.

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