THE CANNABIS STARTUP
Gateway is THE first Differential Accelerator™ and investment fund for startups. We understand that every founder and every company has their own strengths, their own needs, and is at a unique place in their trajectory. Differential acceleration allows us to focus on what you need, when you need it, and create a custom accelerated path for your business.
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A program specifically designed to for you to help you become a world-class entrepreneur that can compete in the mainstream markets. We accomplish this through a wide breadth of expertise, high-touch mentorship through a proven model, and infusing you into a vast network of mentors, partners, and alumni companies.
You get an upfront investment of $50,000 for 5% equity. That's a $1,000,000 valuation. Our program is 5 months long, culminating in an investor demo day, and you get an extra month of work time at Gateway Works. We work tirelessly to connect you with the right mentorship and capital to grow your company.
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.
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 $50k each in up to 10 cannabis startups.
The startups move to Oakland, the cannabis capital of the US, for at least 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 invite-only investor 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 cannabis 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. Until cannabis is as ubiquitous as the internet, we have much work to do.
Join us in our mission to make the cannabis industry mainstream. Does your company have what it takes to pave the way?
Gateway has rolling admissions.
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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
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...
GATEWAY SEEKS TO CONTINUALLY BUILD A ROBUST NETWORK OF PARTNERS THAT CAN PROVIDE MASSIVE VALUE TO STARTUPS.
We partner with software companies, service providers, and others who see value in investing in startups early-on and look to grow together. This enables our founders to build the best companies possible while saving a bit of money in the initial stages.