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THE CANNABIS STARTUP
ACCELERATOR

GTWY Cohort 2 begins October 2016
Applications are now open!

 

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A program specifically designed to help you become a world-class entrepreneur that can compete in the mainstream markets. We accomplish this through a wide breadth of expertise and mentorship through a proven model. 

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You get an upfront investment of $30,000 for 6% equity (1% allocated to mentors). Our program is 4 months long, culminating in an investor demo day, and you get an extra month of work time at Gateway. We work tirelessly to connect you with the right capital to grow your company.

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Our team knows what it takes to differentiate and succeed in a highly competitive and emerging market. We've seen it before and will do what it takes to get you ahead of the curve. Whether it's mentors, capital, events, or resources, we will constantly be striving to strengthen your experience and results.


 
 

 

Gateway is a full immersion business accelerator and seed investment program born out of Silicon Valley and located in the capital of cannabis advocacy and innovation. 

OAKLAND, CA

 

 

Our management team has deep startup knowledge and an extensive entrepreneur and capital network in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are leveraging the lessons learned and capital earned in Silicon Valley to grow the potential of the cannabis industry by creating a new breed of cannabis-related companies.

Twice a year Gateway admits and invests $30k each in up to 10 cannabis startups.

The startups move to Oakland, the cannabis capital of the US, for 4 months. During this time, they will experience intense coaching and mentoring to take their companies to the next level. Each batch will work towards a Demo Day where the startups will present their companies to a carefully selected investor panel and invite-only audience.

After graduation, companies enter the  Gateway alumni network and continue their journey with the support of an amazing community of entrepreneurs and mentors.

We believe that the criminalization of marijuana is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. We've only scratched the surface when it comes to the benefits of cannabis and believe there to be great potential for this industry and its impact on society.

Join us in our mission to make the cannabis industry mainstream. Does your company have what it takes to pave the way?

 

 

COHORT 2 starts October 2016

 

FEATURED IN

MENTORS

GATEWAY APPLIES A MULTI-PRONGED AND CUSTOMIZED APPROACH TO MENTORING FOR YOUR BENEFIT. 

We hold frequent events that ensure founders are getting the exposure they need:

  • Weekly Mentoring Panel Discussion
  • Weekly Pitch Practice
  • Weekly One-on-One Coaching
  • Personal Network Introductions
  • Industry Field Trips
  • Office Hours
  • Tech Lunches
  • Industry Events at Office

Philosophy

We have a vast network of Silicon Valley and cannabis industry entrepreneurs, policy makers, influencers, investors, and friends to draw from for various levels of involvement. We meet with each cohort company on a regular basis to ensure we are connecting them with exactly the leaders they need to take their business to the next level.

Our mentor list is not bound by those we've operated with in the past. We work continuously to curate our list of contacts. That being said, here's our obligatory stream of headshots to show how connected we really are... 

PARTNERS

Everyone loves getting something for free, especially startup founders on a budget.

We work hard to make partnerships with service providers that enable you to build the best company possible while saving money. Companies in the Gateway program gain access to these amazing partners.

Don't see a partnership you want? Just ask and you shall receive. Through our network, a discount is usually just a phone call away.

 

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