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Impact Partnership Program
Through its Impact Partnership Program, BIPOCann works with entities in the public and private sectors to increase equity, representation, and economic opportunities for BIPOC and underrepresented communities in the cannabis industry.
Together, our teams will develop and execute initiatives with real social impact based on data-driven insights to the communities we serve. In this capacity, BIPOCann can act as an outsourced program/project manager to activate turn-key or custom initiatives that support your team’s internal diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) or external corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals.
Impact partnerships can be narrowly or broadly focused in scope. (Examples of social impact focus areas: business ownership, workforce development, vendor & supply chain diversity, business mentorship, technical assistance, talent acquisition, record expungement / re-entry services).
Pease contact email@example.com to discuss your impact partnership interests.
Past Impact Partners
15-Week Social Equity Mentorship Program (CBO)
The Cannabis Business Office (CBO) within the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT), has partnered with BIPOCann to manage a 15-week mentorship program to assist small business winners of the Cannabis Business Pilot Grant. Launched in 2022 as a pilot program, the Cannabis Business Grant supports the ongoing growth of Colorado’s small cannabis businesses and fosters equity and diversity within the state’s cannabis industry.
In 2023, a total of $750,000 in funding was awarded through the Cannabis Business Grant — disbursed in awards of $25,000 and $50,000 to 27 social equity licensed cannabis businesses that have, or are actively pursuing, a regulated business license from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.
BIPOCann’s mentorship program (April-July 2023) offers a mix of virtual and in-person sessions and includes:
- direct mentorship from industry experts
- educational instruction on business foundations, business strategy, marketing/storytelling/PR, vendor and supplier diversity
- group workshops
- networking at community meetups and industry events
- Media day
Mentorship Program & Sponsorship Info [download PDF]
Pease contact firstname.lastname@example.org for networking or sponsorship info.
Membership Scholarship Program
Through its Membership Scholarship Program, BIPOCann makes its annual business membership and network of services more accessible to social equity licensed cannabis businesses that have, or are actively pursuing, a regulated business license.
Through the program, eligible candidates will receive a 70% scholarship on an annual small business membership ($500 annual fee x 70% scholarship = $150) and get full access to BIPOCann’s business development resources and network of service providers who support the entry and growth of cannabis industry businesses.
– Complete this form to apply for a social equity membership scholarship.
– Upon approval, register for a Small Business Membership and enter your scholarship coupon code