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We are grateful and excited for our recent partnership with Vertosa, who has helped to curate our latest event within the intersection of culinary and cannabis with a focus on investing in minority cannabis founders.

We will be co-hosting along with Austin Stevenson, Chief Innovation Officer of Vertosa.

Discussions will include: What are the current struggles for minority founders? How can we execute on a call to action to elevate products and ideas for individuals of color? What are creative vehicles that support investments for these founders?

A huge thank you to our panelists:

– Tiffany Yarde, Founder & CEO, SHOKi
– Maggie Connors, Founder & CEO, Besito
– Joyce Cenali, Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Big Rock Partners


Special thanks to our sponsor Green Haus by One Haus – providing cannabis operations with a highly tailored and confidential talent search encompassing: manufacturing & operations, sales & marketing, corporate office, retail, culinary, and accounting.


Austin is the Chief Innovation Officer at Vertosa. He leads all commercial activities, including technical sales, tactical marketing, and new business development. Prior to joining Vertosa, Austin leveraged his bio-tech experience building the regulatory Hemp/CBD testing program for Eurofins Scientific – a world leader in food, environment, and product testing services – where he built and designed quality testing protocols for CVS and other retailers who carry Hemp/CBD products. For over 10 years, Austin has advised start-ups, built businesses, and launched hundreds of new products in finance, technology, and cannabis CPG industries.