Keynote / Guest of Honor: Jim Belushi
James Adam “Jim” Belushi is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer and musician.
Jim is the founder of Belushi’s Farm cannabis and an outspoken proponent of the plant’s beneficial properties. Jim advocates for patient rights and adult-use legalization.
World Wide Wave
What can we learn from legalized markets?
Where are the investment opportunities?
This year’s theme will highlight the World Wide Wave in cannabis legalization, with emphasis on Europe. What can other countries, such as The Netherlands, learn from this wave and who is next? And what are the investment opportunities that this wave brings.
We will look at the European companies to see what they have to offer. We’re going to explore and learn about how they have prospered despite operating in a legal grey zone and how they will compete and thrive in a global market as barriers tumble. We will also maintain the focus on the North American brands to discuss the lessons that they have learnt.
We’ll bring the knowledge of the North American cannabis investors and the seasoned veterans of the European cannabis market together in our Cannabis Capital Convention. Secondly, we will offer a platform to discuss different ideas and visions within the industry. Think, activists, farmers and professors who will all broaden your perspective!
New this year will be the Pitch Lab in which startups present their thoughts and ideas about the evolving cannabis industry.
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Cannabis Capital Convention is the place to rub shoulders with high level investors – who have made their billions from established businesses – and street smart cannabis entrepreneurs – who have survived the rough and tumble of running a lucrative business from within a legal grey zone.
In 2018, Cannabis Capital Convention (event report) hosted 300 delegates in The Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam. Through a series of enlightening presentations and discussions European entrepreneurs and investors caught a glimpse of what a cannabis infused future in Europe could look like.
In Europe, the cannabis market is literally growing. Multiple European countries have announced legislation and hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the European cannabis industry. Yet we are still at least five years behind the US and Canada. Europe has benefitted from global developments, since the governments can follow the lead of other countries. Governments now comprehend the benefits that come with the legislation of cannabis, socially as well as financially.
We were one of – if not the first – serious convention to openly discuss the possibilities legal recreational cannabis could offer European entrepreneurs and investors. One of the first presentations of the day from Matt Reid, an analyst from the world’s oldest investment bank – Berenberg – explained to a stunned audience they were “looking with interest at the recreational psychoactive cannabis market and in particular the potential development of THC infused beverages and the risk they pose to established alcohol players.” This eye opener set the tone for the day and laid any thoughts to rest that this was going to be just another cannabis event masquerading under the guise of “therapeutic medicine”.
Aftermovie CCC 2018
The goal of the Cannabis Capital Convention is to inform about the investing opportunities in the cannabis industry. Speakers range from product specialists and companies to analysts from leading investment banks in cannabis. The day is filled with instructive speeches aspired to give you insights into these investment opportunities and to network with cannabis investors and influencers during lunch and drinks. An overview of the day:
Jan Scheele (32) started his first company at the age of 13. Over the past years, he has grown several companies on the intersection of digital communications, once-in-a-lifetime events, and blockchain technology. He has served over 200 clients, ranging from startups to multinationals, national governments, non-profits, political parties, and global networks. He has also organized 50 TEDx events globally and was named “Global Shaper” and “Digital Leader” at the World Economic Forum. He is a trusted boardroom advisor, professional speaker, and author of ExciTED. He is currently active as CEO of International Blockchain Solutions, CEO of Bitcanna and CEO of Blockformer, all global blockchain organizations.
Ying Shao graduated from HEC Paris, and worked in companies like L’Oréal, LVMH and French Tech star Devialet. She has 5 years of startup experience in both company building and scale-up phases, leading international business development, strategy and marketing. Through advanced genetic breeding technology, Plantik Biosciences will accelerate the traditional breeding process manyfold. Tomorrow, we will be engineering plants like how we engineer cars today: with precision, efficiency and elegance. Plantik Biosciences is starting its mission with cannabis. Previously prohibited for over 80 years, cannabis is showing great potential for applications in spaces such as medical, nutrition and cosmetics. Next generation producers are yearning for new cannabis varieties – a revolution has yet to come so that we can engineer the right cannabis plant for the right purpose, with speed and precision.
Onnick co-founded Greenmeister which is the biggest Dutch coffeeshop platform in the Netherlands. Greenmeister is an online platform where the quality of coffeeshops in the Netherlands is made clear through a website and an app. Greenmeister informs the user with verified information and information submitted by other users. The information shown consists of: images, facilities, offer, location and reviews. Each month Greenmeister reaches more than 350.000 visitors.
I own a wine business since 2015 (Heine & Essenius Wijnkoperij) and I am happily married with two children (7 and 13). I often travel to wine regions to discover new flavours. Somehow California inspired me in a unique way, and not just because of their great Zinfandel. When I read about the wide range of flavors in cannabis and the similarities with wine, I became determined to do something with this knowledge. So I did. In November 2017 I organized the very first wine and weed pairing at Akhnaton (Amsterdam). In later sessions I hired chefs to cook with cannabis. In Last February we brewed our first batch of cannabis beer from organic home grown plants. In april 2020 we expect to bottle our first cannabis wine in Germany. I educate people about cannabis in food, terpenes and terroir and I love to see how people react in a positive way. I see my project as a culinary way of activism, which is still a necessary part of our business.
GO GO CANNABIZ is the legal cannabis industry’s first fully integrated, mobile platform for the sourcing and procurement of cannabis products and services. Bringing together a B2B marketplace with robust data analytics, logistics management and in-app product lab results, our platform stands out from other marketplaces by focusing on helping brands develop their reputation on the strength of their products and customer service. Launched in Oklahoma, the United States’ fastest growing medical marijuana state, the marketplace has grown to more than 50 brands, 200 retail buyer accounts and more than 200 products in just 4 months. Next steps in our business model call for introduction of the platform to the newly launched medical/recreational sates or countries along with, further development of the platform architecture to pharmaceutical software standards in compliance with current requirements.
Casper is partner at Widget World Wide B.V., which is in the process of developing a Cannabis Infusion System for beverages. In short, it allows the consumer to instantly mix and activate the THC/CBD with the beverage, by simply opening their bottles, as our patented technology works with pressure differences in the bottle and cap. One of the benefits of the packaging innovation is the longer shelf life and better quality of the THC/CBD, due the UV-light protection. Other advantages to the infusion system include precise dosing, pure mix and a transparent visual effect. The technology can be applied in various forms and the caps can have all kind of shapes and sizes,
based on the clients preferences.
Gaétan graduated from HEC and co-founded Vaïvaï, a beverage company, that was the first to launch coconut water on the French market in 2010. After growing Vaïvaï into a 5 M€ business (5000 Point of Sales, 6 countries), the company was acquired by Solinest (350 M€ revenues) in 2018. He is now the co-founder of Kaya, an international consumer brand whose ambition is to make the CBD accessible using products everybody loves.
Co-founded by Ludovic Rachou (also CEO @ One Gum), Emmanuel Jesberger and Gaétan Laederich (co-founders @ Vaïvaï), Kaya is an international consumer brand based in London, whose mission is to make CBD’s relaxing properties accessible. Positioned on products that appeal to most people and maximize CBD bioavailability, Kaya’s ambition is to build a strong community and become a lifestyle brand
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