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. 


A program specifically designed 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. We work with you intensely for 6 months, driving you to that next round of funding or major benchmark, but it doesn't stop there. We work tirelessly to help you grow your company and stick by your side well beyond the program.


Our team knows what it takes to differentiate and succeed in highly competitive and emerging markets. 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. 




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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