Our second cohort began in the fall of 2016 and graduated April 4, 2017. It's an incredible class with a diverse set of companies. The cannabis industry will be dramatically transformed by these businesses, but the exciting part is that some of the companies will transform agriculture on the broader spectrum.
Founded by an experienced SpaceX engineer,
GrowX has developed Ai-powered, true
aeroponics systems that removes the daunting
complexity from aeroponic-based farming,
automatically reducing water consumption by
up to 98% and increasing yields up to 300%.
Effectiveness of the GrowX system is not
limited to cannabis: future target markets
include berries, hops, grapes, and eventually
permanent tree crops.
Dubbed "the best pot brownie ever" by 7x7,
Founded by an accomplished chef and food
scientist, and an award-winning marketing and
branding expert, GOOD CO-OP is an
approachable food brand creating premium
edible products that satisfy the unmet needs of
the new, mainstream cannabis-curious
consumers: uniform consistency with accessible
amounts of THC and a taste that rivals that of
high-end non-infused competitors.
Honeycomb is the B2B marketplace that the
legal cannabis industry so sorely needs. On the
supply side, growers, producers or
manufacturers can share granular product
details and build their brands, while on the
demand side dispensaries can search for
products by any desired criteria and pre-plan
menus by accessing future availability.
The UpToke Spyre is an intuitive electronic
vaporizer for loose-leaf cannabis flowers. A
built-in grinder doubles as the vaporization
chamber to provide a mess-free experience with
rapid, evenly distributed heat. Instead of going
to market with a product that was easy to build,
they’ve done the hard work of building a
product that is easy to use. The experience is
like smoking a cigar rather than fiddling with a handheld oven.
Somatik is defining a new market of flexible
doses that anyone can integrate into their
lifestyle. Their first product is a premium cold- brew coffee with a light dose of infused
cannabis. Developed in partnership with Ritual
Coffee Roasters, Somatik cold-brew tastes
amazing, and has already received acclaim from
press and reorders from pilot dispensaries.
To combat the serious and increasingly evident
problem of tainted cannabis in the industry,
Phenobis Scientific Nursery uses a blend of
classic hydroponics and tissue culture
techniques to produce a variety of California's
top strains free from systemic pesticides and
other hazards in its HEPA-filtered, closed- environment, sterile clone factory.
Reaper Smart Blades are handheld electric
scissors designed for precision trimming of
cannabis. They are 35% faster with the same
control as manual scissors, and prevent
repetitive stress injuries without reducing crop
value. At a retail price of under $200, they pay
for themselves after trimming only 3 pounds of
crop. Production of the first run via Reaper's
ODM partner is on track for harvest season.
Founded by a West Point and Harvard graduate
and recipient of the Purple Heart, Field helps
cultivators fill short-term labor gaps by
providing an easy to use mobile application
where they can post jobs and browse profiles of
qualified, verified, and socially-vetted trimmers.
Although initially focused on the cannabis
market, Field's solution is applicable to labor
shortage problems in similar agricultural industries.