Gateway is California's premier cannabis business incubator, and the first program of its kind anywhere. As a funding incubator located in San Francisco's Bay Area, Gateway is providing cannabis entrepreneurs exposure to the mentorship, capital, and expectations proven in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have great passion and creativity for the products they produce. Our goal is to not only cultivate great entrepreneurs in the space, but to create world-class business leaders. This is what it will take to bring the cannabis industry to the mainstream.

Our location, office, and growing network of mentors, investors, and partners are all deliberately designed to create the best entrepreneurs in this quickly evolving market. We see value in the cross-pollination of industries, such as cannabis, tech, and professional services. Gateway is located in The Leviathan Building in Oakland, which is known for its unique design that we feel promotes creativity and collaboration. By operating in Oakland, the birthplace of the cannabis industry in the US, we will be part of the hotbed of innovation in legal cannabis. 

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.


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  • 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 (http://gtwy.co), Co-Founder & Managing Partner For more information, please visit http://gtwy.co

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 http://WeedClub.com/gtwy