Founder Institute and Arcview Group to introduce Cannabis Program in San Francisco

By Sebastian Castro January 27, 2021

Founder Institute and The Arcview Group, an investment firm servicing the cannabis industry, are announcing today the first-ever global virtual  Cannabis Ecosystem Program, to be run by Founder Institute’s San Francisco chapter.

The program will provide feedback and mentorship from several dozen mentors in the cannabis ecosystem, special expert mentor matching for advice and access to ongoing office hours tools, connections with the cannabis and greater startup industries on a global and local level, introductions to investors, and special subtracks.

“The cannabis industry is truly a global conversation,” said Kim Kovacs, CEO of The Arcview Group.

“The Arcview Group has remained a trusted resource for over a decade in a space that has been difficult for many to navigate. Partnering with Founder Institute, an organization with a stellar reputation and accelerators around the world, was a natural next step for us to create valuable resources for success for entrepreneurs in cannabis and hemp. Both organizations take strong stances on normalizing this plant and are thrilled to continue the forward momentum.”

The aim of the Cannabis Ecosystem Program is to help build more than 30 promising cannabis startups in 2021, and help further establish the San Francisco Bay Area as a center for cannabis innovation.

Said Jonathan Greechan, Co-Founder of the Founder Institute, “the polarizing nature of 2020’s election season largely overshadowed the fact that voters in 5 more U.S. states overwhelmingly supported cannabis legalization, including Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota.”

Mentors at the program includee:

  • Jake Kuczeruk (US), Managing Director of the FI San Francisco Accelerator
  • Kim Kovacs, CEO, The Arcview Group
  • Paul Rosen, Co-Founder, Pantry
  • Jeanne Sullivan, Founder and CIO, Arcview Ventures
  • Ben Larson, CEO, Vertosa
  • Nathan Yagoda, VP of Marketing, Plus Products
  • Ben York, Director of Deal Flow, Arcview Ventures
  • RJ Archambo, Benzinga
  • And many other cannabis industry leaders!

Entrepreneurs interested in building a cannabis startup anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply for free at