Cannabis Startup Competition

Innovate@BU and Green Lion Partners present the second annual Cannabis Startup Competition! 

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the US and is expanding all around the world. We want to hear from BU Terriers that are developing innovative ideas and ancillary companies within this industry. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000!

2018 Timeline

  • Sunday, September 30: Application deadline (applications are now closed).
  • Friday, October 19: Finalists Announced and will be assigned mentors and advisement from Green Lion Partners
  • Wednesday, November 7: Final Pitch Event!

Meet the Finalists!

  • Soberizer: For opiate overdose, we have Narcan®; for acute cannabis intoxication we created Soberizer®. Both save lives: one person at a time. (Deepti Venkatraman, SAR’15)

  • Mary’s List is a professional services marketplace for the cannabis industry that connects businesses with cannabis specialists. (Taylor Aldredge, COM’10)

  • Her(B)oxx is a company dedicated to making millennial women feel serene with their cannabis experience. Curated selection based on their health needs. (Juan Gallegos, CAS’21)

  • Puffspot is a service that brings to customers an on-demand safe, private, and legal cannabis consumption area. (Ben Reichelt, CGS’21)

  • Highly Connected is a digital networking solution for professionals in the cannabis industry to connect, learn and explore new opportunities. (William Belt, COM”16)


  • $10,000!
  • Consulting from Green Lion Partners, who have worked over a dozen companies within this industry


  • At least one team member must be a current BU student or a BU alumni 
  • The idea/company must be ancillary; those that support the cannabis industry but do not come directly in contact with the plant. They include things like software, services, accessories, agricultural products, etc.

Questions? Please contact Ian Mashiter, Managing Director, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center.