Eaze Announces Momentum Accelerator Class of 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – Eaze, California’s marketplace that is largest for legal cannabis, today announced its 2021 Momentum business accelerator class. Momentum, which cultivates the growth and success of underrepresented cannabis business founders, expanded its program nationally this year and welcomes entrepreneurs from California, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York to the class of 2021:

  • Whitney Beatty: Josephine & Billies (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Leo Bridgewater: BridgeH2o (Trenton, NJ)
  • James Charon: Syracuse Hemporium (Syracuse, NY)
  • Jesse Grundy: The Peakz Co (Oakland, CA)
  • Tre Hobbs: Neighborhood Essentials (Detroit, MI)
  • Kika Keith-Sturgis: Gorilla Rx (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Gidai Maaza and Cesar Casamayor: The People’s Dispensary (Fresno, CA)
  • Dorian Morris: Undefined (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Nina Parks: Gift of Doja (San Francisco, CA)
  • Andre Scott and Mark Mabutas: La Flor (Sacramento, CA)

Now in its second year, Momentum received more than 250 applications from founders across 23 states and U.S. territories. Selected companies each receive a $50,000 grant, a business that is 12-week system led by skillfully developed, and help from Eaze’s company, advertising, appropriate, and PR resources. Following The program that is 12-week participants will pitch their businesses to industry-defining investors for the opportunity to raise additional funds.


“This class is talented and resilient,” said NBA champion and* that is( advocate Matt Barnes, a senior consultant to Eaze’s board. The 2021 cohort has diverse business resources, which is a recipe for success“With Momentum’s support. I hope more consumers choose companies led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color to put money into directly the pouches of these harmed by the war on medications. Momentum leads the real way in making this a reality.”

“We’re honored to support underrepresented entrepreneurs as they forge their path that is own, said Jennifer Lujan, Eaze’s Director of Social influence. “Consumers want services and products produced by BIPOC-owned businesses, but you can find many obstacles to entry in to the market that is legal. Momentum is helping level the playing field, because we want to see these companies become sustainable and ”( that is profitable*)Eaze’s State of Cannabis report discovered that in 2020, 9.5percent of most customers purchased Social Equity brands, accounting for over $2.6 million in product sales regarding the platform. Momentum alumni new lease of life CA, James Henry SF, and Dreamt are available on Eaze’s Social Equity menu, with extra alumni joining in coming months.

The 2021 course had been chosen by Momentum’s Advisory Committee, considering a mixture of prospect of success, resided experience, and barriers that are current market entry. “Eaze is indebted to the committee that is advisory their some time dedication to the Momentum task,” said Lujan, “Momentum wouldn’t normally occur without their leadership.”

The Advisory Committee includes:

  • Malaki Amen, President and CEO, California Urban Partnership
  • Matt Barnes, Senior Advisor to Eaze’s Board of Directors and Cannabis Entrepreneur
  • Ramon Garcia, Co-founder OEG, Locals Equity Distribution LLC, Sanctuary Farms LLC
  • Steven Hawkins, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project
  • LaWanda Knox, CEO of Make Green Go, Cannabis Technical Assistance Consultant and President of this Allyance
  • Kristi Palmer, Co-Founder and President, Kiva Confections
  • Mary Pryor, Co-founder of Cannaclusive and Chief advertising Officer of Tonic CBD
  • Ford Smith, Founding Partner, Ultranative
  • Austin Stevenson, Chief Innovation Officer, Vertosa

About Eaze
Eaze provides good because of the items. As California’s biggest appropriate cannabis market, we bring satisfaction and convenience to your clients, break up obstacles to gain access to, and community that is cultivate everything we do. With over six million cannabis deliveries to-date, we are committed to creating a more diverse and industry that is sustainable our Momentum company accelerator and personal Equity Partners Program. Discover more at eaze* that is.com(

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