Cannabis and blockchain writer Alex Oleinic contributed to this report.
If you’ve ever attended more than one cannabis industry event, you’ve probably noticed most of them are very similar: the same topics, the same speakers, the same attendees, the same companies…
Still, for some reason, it seems like everyone wants to host their own event and be able to claim it’s unique, even though we know most aren’t. This has resulted in more than 500 listings every year in the U.S. alone.
This is also true for investor-focused events, of which the U.S. witnesses more than 200 each year. Interestingly, the tickets for these events are far from cheap, ranging from $50 to $2,000. So, one cannot avoid but think twice before picking which ones to attend.
But, with so much noise, which ones are really worth attending?
Well, don’t worry. We’ve been doing our homework and have hand-picked five must-see cannabis-focused investor events (beyond the very well-known, business-focused MJBizCon) for our finance buffs.
1) Kahner Global’s Cannabis Private Investment Summit Series
Kahner Global is a leading conference company and consulting firm, founded in 2015 by Noa Kahner.
The company holds a number of conferences in New York, Beverly Hills, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto and San Francisco every year. The conferences are part of Kahner’s Cannabis Private Investment Summit Series and are offered to high-net-worth investors who are interested in the cannabis industry – of which there are many, as hedge funds are mostly staying away from the space for the time being.
Kahner Global’s upcoming events will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 26 and in Beverly Hills, California, on May 1.
2) Cowen & Company’s Boston Cannabis Summit
Cowen & Company is a well-known financial services firm with a rich history that covers over 100 years. It has become especially notable in the cannabis industry thanks to its very well known analyst Vivien Azer.
Cowen hosts a series of events each year, covering various industries.This coming November 28, cannabis will get its turn, as the firm hosts the Boston Cannabis Summit.
This Massachusetts event will be the company’s second cannabis-focused conference this year, after its 2nd Annual Cannabis Summit, which took place on April 9 in Los Angeles.
3) IC3 (Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference)
The Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference (best known as IC3) is hosted by the IMN, a global organizer of investment conferences that hosts over 50 events around the world each year.
The next IC3 event will take place on May 9 and 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, and will see discussions about the legalization of marijuana in California and what it means for the industry as a whole.
The IC3 is one of the largest cannabis investor conferences with over 400 attendees at this year’s New York event.
4) Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference
The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is one of the best events for cannabis entrepreneurs and investors in North America.
Following a successful first edition in Toronto, Canada, financial media company Benzinga will host a second conference between January 14 and January 16 in Miami Beach, Florida.
The event will feature exclusive presentations by Giadha Aguirre de Carcer, Founder and CEO of New Frontier Data; and Tim Seymour, CIO of Seymour Asset Management, “Fast Money” co-host, and recent TFT feature subject. Other speakers include Vic Neufeld, President and CEO of Aphria; Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO of Terra Tech Corp; and Brett Roper, CEO Medicine Man Technologies, among others.
5) Green Market Summit
The Green Market Summit is a series of cannabis-focused events launched by Debra Borchardt’s the Green Market Report, a financial news organization that focuses on the cannabis industry.
The first event of the series took place on September 14 at the One World Trade Center in New York City, and featured big-name speakers like Poseidon Asset Management’s Emily Paxhia, Green Market Report’s Cynthia Salarizadeh, GreenWave Advisors’ Matt Karnes, The Street’s Jim Cramer, and Danny Moses, the investor made famous by the movie “The Big Short.”
So, now that you know what our favorite cannabis investor conferences are, tell us: which are yours?