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Noted Canadian entrepreneur Jim Estill and Austin-based herbal products pioneer Mark Blumenthal Keynote Event; Dozens of Promising Cannabis Companies from Around the World Pitch Investors in ‘Shark-Tank’ Style Format


Austin, TX - April 27, 2017 ( Newswire and More than 200 high net-worth investors from around the world will gather in Austin, TX at the Arcview Investor Forum to hear pitches from dozens of promising cannabis companies in a "Shark Tank" like forum. The Arcview Investor Network includes more than 625 accredited investor members who have put more than $115 million behind 141 cannabis-related companies.

Two days of pitches are taking place at the AT&T Conference & Education Center Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd where high net worth investors will review pitches from dozens of companies who competed fiercely for the slots from an initial field of hundreds of applicants.  Jim Estill, Canadian entrepreneur, investor and CEO of Danby Appliances, and Mark Blumenthal, founder of the American Botanical Council, will deliver keynote speeches.

Texas has already passed a law allowing non psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) for residents and will soon consider whether to legalize medical cannabis use.

"If you would have told me even just a few years ago that Arcview would be hosting a multi-day cannabis investment event in Texas that included legal cannabis companies from Texas, I would not have believed you.  But it's now clear that both the public and the investment communities all over the country and even the world are waking up to opportunities in this world-changing industry," said Arcview CEO Troy Dayton.

Learn more about the growth of the cannabis industry via this short video. To get a sense of what to expect at Arcview see this short video.

  • Who: The Arcview Investor Network and dozens of promising cannabis companies.
  • What: A few select media representatives will be invited to witness presentations from pitching companies. Throughout the day, select reporters will be able to interview high net worth investors who have recently invested in the sector or are considering it, companies that have recently been funded, and elected officials that support legalization.
  • When: Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd from approximately 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Where: AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
  • How: Members of the media must apply for press credentials by emailing

About The Arcview Group

Founded in 2010, The Arcview Group is responsible for a number of groundbreaking ventures in the cannabis industry. The Arcview Investor Network includes more than 625 accredited investors who have put more than $115 million behind 141 companies. Arcview Market Research co-produces the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report with BDS Analytics, which is the most oft-cited market data report. In 2015 Arcview became a partner in Canopy, the first seed-stage mentor-driven business accelerator. Arcview is also co-founder of Cannasure Insurance Services, the leading provider of business insurance to the cannabis industry.

Some of the people expected to attend and available for interviews include:

Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Centers, star of Discovery Channel's hit show Weed Wars, author of new book The Cannabis Manifesto, co-founder and President of The Arcview Group, co-founder of the first cannabis testing lab, Steep Hill.

Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Appliances, Canadian technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. He has been an active investor and advisor to many technology companies including Blackberry. He is world-renowned for his valiant contributions to relocate refugees to Canada.

Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director of Austin-based American Botanical Council, a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to the promotion of the responsible use of herbal medicine. Mark is a pioneer of the herbal products industry and was famously the friend that Bill Clinton didn't inhale around.  

Troy Dayton, Co-founder and CEO of The Arcview Group, board member of the Marijuana Policy Project and the National Cannabis Industry Association. Co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Named by Fortune Magazine, International Business Times, and Details Magazine in their lists of most influential people in the cannabis industry.

Jeanne Sullivan, co-founder of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm in NYC, and long time tech investor. Cited by Forbes as "one of the women venture capitalists changing the world - grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs."

Richard Kimball, managing partner of HExL Advisors, a venture capital and private equity firm in NYC, former partner at Goldman Sachs and current board member at the Brookings Institution.

Patrick Moran, CEO of Texas Cannabis, a patient-focused healthcare company preparing to provide medicine to patients registered in Texas' Compassionate Use Program.

Leslie Bocskor, Managing Partner at Electrum Partners, successful entrepreneur with a dual focus on disruptive businesses and nascent culture, C-level executive and board member for public and private companies, and has advised dozens of early stage businesses.

Tom Adams, Editor-In-Chief of Arcview Market Research, and lead researcher for the 5th edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets co-produced with BDS Analytics. Tom has projected the growth curves for a number of business booms over the last few decades.

Patrick Rea, Managing Director of Canopy, a seed-stage, mentor-driven business accelerator fund partnered with Arcview and serving the cannabis industry since 2014. Canopy has made more than 50 investments in the cannabis sector.

Eugene Monroe, former NFL player with the Baltimore Ravens, Arcview Investor Member, Investor in numerous cannabis companies, and an outspoken advocate for the NFL allowing medical cannabis.

Emily Paxhia, Managing Director of Poseidon Asset Management, a hedge fund for the cannabis industry.  Poseidon has invested in many cannabis-related companies.  

Rob Kampia, co-founder and Executive Director of Marijuana Policy Project.  He is an architect of most of the state-level marijuana reforms that have been enacted in the United States since 2000.

Isaac Dietrich, co-founder and the CEO of the largest cannabis social network MassRoots. MassRoots raised millions from Arcview members before going public.

Adam Bierman, CEO of MedMen, Los Angeles-based management company and an investment fund for the cannabis industry.

Event sponsors include: Marijuana Business Daily, MedMen, Electrum Partners, BDS Analytics, Cannasure Insurance Services, Canopy, NeWay Capital, Marijuana Policy Project, New Frontier Data, National Cannabis Industry Association, MassRoots, The Costera Group, Green Flower Media, Gabberdunes Hydroponics, Dipstick Vapes, MJIC, BloomBoss, Breakwater MB, Black Bottle Farmer's Group, and Texas Cannabis.


Abby Benjamin, Media Relations


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