Marijuana Technology

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm

MIT Stata Center, E32-123 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Few can deny the expansive growth and attention the legal cannabis industry is experiencing right now. Despite the still nebulous policy and politics surrounding the industry, companies are innovating and cashing in on the opportunities in cannabis.

According to CannabisNewsWire, “Estimates by Forbes put the legal cannabis market at a value of $7.2 billion (per a February 2017 report), and the market is expected to generate more jobs than government, manufacturing, or utilities in the coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

The market reach extends well beyond the medical and recreational sale of the finished product itself. There are opportunities for entrepreneurs in manufacturing, cultivation, extraction, testing, and distribution. Some examples include:

  • Greenhouse automation
  • Extraction hardware
  • Smart grow monitors
  • Seed to sale software
  • App development
  • Machine learning for optimal medical dosing
  • …and the list goes on

On December 5th we’re bringing together leading investors, entrepreneurs and scientists to learn more about the opportunities to get involved in the cannabis industry and discuss how entrepreneurs can have an impact.

Vinit Nijhawan
, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Academic


John de la Parra, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology,  Northeastern University

Richard Gibble, Investment Analyst,  FlowPoint Capital Partners, LP
Jonathan Wani, Director of Client & Community Relations, MCR Labs
Russel Wilenkin, Regional Sales Manager,  Flow Kana

Event Schedule

5:30 - 6:00pm - Registration and Networking
6:00 - 8:00pm - Welcome &  Panel Discussion
8:00 - 9:00pm - Networking 

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Chris Labbate

Chris Labbate Thursday, December 28, 2017

As a Company creating world class greenhouse automation systems, it has been quite over-whelming to see this new influx of Medical Marijuana Growers. We have been producing automation systems for vegetable growers for over 35 years, but the cannabis industry truly is in a completely different investment space than any other industry we have seen in decades. Glad to see more growers are looking to automation to lower production costs and keep production 110% from seed to sale.

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