The Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, and The Arcview Group, a vertically integrated investment firm servicing the cannabis industry, are launching the first-ever global virtual “Cannabis Ecocystem Program" as part of the San Francisco Virtual Fall 2022 chapter 

The FI San Francisco Cannabis Ecosytem Program helps early-stage cannabis entrepreneurs build innovative businesses in the San Francisco Founder Institute through:

  • Feedback and Mentorship from 20+ mentors in different areas of the cannabis ecosystem

  • Special expert mentor matching for specific advice and access to ongoing office hours tools and opportunities with top startup mentors from around the world.

  • Connections with the cannabis and greater startup industries on a global and local level

  • Introductions to business angels, VCs and Corporate VCs investing in the cannabis ecosystem globally 

  • Special sub-tracks with Mentor and Partner Support, including:

    • Retail

    • CPG

    • Professional Services

    • Production and supply chain

    • Cultivation

  • A Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Advisors

  • Several Fellowships Awarded to the Top Applicants, allowing them to participate in the program for free

The goal of the Cannabis Ecosystem Program is to help build more than 30 promising cannabis startups in 2021, and help further establish the San Francisco Bay Area as a center for cannabis innovation

Who Should Apply?

The Founder Institute is the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, with chapters across 185+ cities and alumni companies that have raised over $1.75BN in funding. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, building a co-founding team, and more. 

The Global Cannabis Ecosystem Program (scheduled with San Francisco Virtual Fall 2022 program) takes place from  Sep 19, 2022 to Dec 26, 2022. Any pre-seed entrepreneur interested in building a cannabis startup is encouraged to apply, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies (pre-funding). 

The entire global program is run virtually, so no physical presence is required. The weekly mandatory sessions are scheduled to take place starting 8.30AM PDT / 11:30AM EDT / 5:30PM CET / 6:30 EET and will last for 3 hours.


What to Expect?

To apply to the Global Cannabis Ecosystem Program you must complete your application below. 

During the program you can expect:

  • 3.5 months of systematic development on your idea and your company

  • 200+ specific tasks to develop your idea and your company

  • Direct and honest feedback about your business

  • Weekly online group sessions with top mentors giving practical guidance and Q&A session on specific topics

  • Personal and group office hours with hand-picked experienced mentors

  • Later in the program, introductions to corporates and potential investors

  • Global online demo day webinar for the graduates!

Rules of the game:

  • A limited number of applicants will be accepted to the program

  • We require execution - if you are not learning and executing, you may be dropped from the program

  • You will get strong peer support from other founders in your cohort

  • No need for physical appearance but mandatory remote video appearance for three hours on Thursdays

After the short form, you will be invited to take our Entrepreneur DNA Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants. 

The Final Application Deadline is on Sep 11, 2022. Cannabis Fellowship recipients will be chosen from the top overall applicants to the program, and be notified via email within a few days of applying. 

Apply to the Founder Institute Cannabis Ecosystem Program