Gateway is the world’s premier cannabis accelerator and seed stage fund, and the first differential accelerator™ anywhere. Located in San Francisco's Bay Area, Gateway provides cannabis entrepreneurs exposure to the mentorship, capital, and best practices proven in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have great passion and creativity for the products they produce. Gateway’s goal is to usher the cannabis industry into the mainstream by not only cultivating great entrepreneurs in the space, but helping to create world-class business leaders as well. Through staggered admissions and mentorship tailored to the unique strengths and needs of individual founders and business, Gateway’s differential accelerator™ program creates a custom acceleration path, avoiding generic advice and focusing on what founders need, when they need it.

Gateway’s location, office, and growing network of mentors, investors, and partners are all deliberately designed to create the best entrepreneurs in this quickly evolving market, fostering cross-pollination of industries such as cannabis, tech, and consumer packaged goods. The company is located in The Leviathan Building in the birthplace of the cannabis industry and hotbed for cannabis innovation, Oakland, CA.

Gateway was launched on November 20, 2015 by serial entrepreneurs Ben Larson (@pitchtoben) and Carter Laren (@claren). 

Press Contact: Ben Larson, Co-Founder at Gateway. Email us.



  • Located in Oakland, CA (near Jack London Square)
  • up to 10 companies per cohort
  • 2 cohorts per year
  • $50,000 initial investment in each company
  • 5+ months of incubation, including one-on-one advising
  • 6+ months office space with the cohort
  • Vast network of CEO and Founder-level Mentors in the Cannabis, Tech, and Services Industries
  • Fund reserves for follow-on investment during first raise


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In episode 24, we speak with Carter Laren and Ben Larson of Gateway, an early stage accelerator program for cannabis companies. Gateway is a full immersion business accelerator and seed investment program located in the birthplace of the cannabis industry, Oakland, CA.

It was not that long ago that Marijuana was thought of mainly as an illegal street drug, all of that is changing. Newsmakers Host Barbara Rodgers interviews Ben Larson Gateway (, Co-Founder & Managing Partner For more information, please visit

Cannabis companies need a home base to found their startups, and Gateway Incubator in Oakland is offering just that: Space, Money, Mentorship etc.. Message Gateway direct at