Investor Hot Seat - August 27, 2020
Ali Fakhri, CEO, EventHi Inc.
Ali Fakhri is the CEO and Founder of EventHi. EventHi is an event management platform built for the cannabis culture. EventHi was one of the first companies in California to obtain a Marijuana Related Business (MRB) bank account with Partner Colorado Credit Union.
Ali’s background consists of working for and with two of the largest Fortune 500 companies, leading sales and business development. Ali considers himself an entrepreneur at heart launching his first business at the age of 20 years old.
After being introduced to the medical cannabis industry, he started attending events, months later he began sponsoring and coordinating events. This experience allowed him to see many issues that the cannabis events industry faced and after month’s of research, he began the development of EventHi to help bring a solution and fill a void for the cannabis industry. Ali is building an ecosystem through technology with a mission to bring people together offline.
EventHi is an online ticketing and experiential platform. EventHi provides a safe hosting environment for event organizers to sell tickets and sponsorships while creating a marketplace for attendees to find unique events and experiences.
Name of Company: Eventhi
Company Website: www.eventhi.io
LinkedIn Company: www.linkedin.com/company/eventhi
Company Revenue: $1.5 Million
Number of employees: 6
How much capital has been raised or founders invested in the company to date? $95,000
Davina Kaonohi, CEO & Co-Founder, Element Apothec
Davina is the CEO and Co-Founder of Element Apothec. She is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in B2C, tech, and recruiting sectors. Experienced with startup strategy development, leadership, people strategy, recruitment, and organizational development.
Founder, entrepreneur and strategic operational leader.
As a strategic leader and brand creator, Davina is passionate about challenging the norm and making a difference with every company she has worked with. With Element Apothec, Davina brings to the table vast experience in team building, business strategy and operational management and a mission to create good in the world.
About Element Apothec
Element Apothec is a new, disruptive CBD brand redefining the body care and wellness industry.
Element Apothec is the trustworthy brand conscious consumers are demanding. They have created clean, safe and effective products with medical oversight and are committed to complete transparency. They look to disrupt and change, for the better, an industry that has abandoned responsibility for their consumers' well being and health.
Elad Barak, CEO, Voyager Products Inc.
Elad’s experience includes developing spacecraft, manufacturing jet-planes, and robots, along with various business development leadership roles in cleantech and cannabis. Elad served as a Military Lieutenant at the IDF, diplomat Attaché in Mexico and Ukraine, and holds an M.Sc. in System Engineering and an MBA.
About Voyager Products
In order to meet the need for pent-up demand from consumers who do not want to smoke, vape, fear a bad experience with edibles, and don’t know the dose they need, Voyager has come up with a unique solution. Voyager has developed a pocket-sized dispenser for consumers to precisely dose their cannabis at 1 mg intervals, in two formats: water-drops to infuse their favorite beverage and oil-drops for sublingual use. By creating an ecosystem of a dispenser + multiple pods from which consumers can choose, Voyager is providing users the freedom to safely enjoy their cannabis precisely, anytime, and anywhere.
Name of Company: Voyager Products
Company Website: www.voyagerproducts.co
LinkedIn Company: www.linkedin.com/company/voyagerproducts
Company Revenue: Pre-revenue
Number of employees: Three full time + interns + contractors. We are in the process of hiring a full-time engineer.
How much capital has been raised or founders invested in the company to date? $475k USD in Seed round during 2019
Sergio Srour, CEO, BudBuds.us
Sergio Srour graduated from law school in São Paulo with a JD specializing in criminal law in 1995. Additional education and professional courses in Philosophy, Business Administration, Advertising, Marketing and HR. Professional background includes: - experience in supermarket, bars and restaurant management both in US and Brazil; - 15 years of Food & Beverage Foreign Trade, getting a unique know-how and expertise - Brand manager, responsible for twelve states on the east coast of the USA; CEO & Founder of BudBuds.us, a cutting-edge platform designed exclusively for Cannabis growers and consumers. Professional Grower with 5 years of experience of cultivation for complete cycles. Fluent in Portuguese, French, English and Spanish.
A Platform for growers to record and control their cultivation while improving the quality based on consumer’s feedback, as well as a tool consumers to record and share their consumption and experiences allowing us to empirically identify genotypes and phenotypes for certain ailments and conditions.
Skip Stone, Founder & CEO, Stashlogix
Skip Stone received degrees in Civil Engineering and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Most of my career followed my education path; I was an environmental consultant for treating industrial-contaminated groundwater, then was an sales application engineer worked for a manufacturer of water treatment equipment, and then as the Vice President of a representative firm selling for many different companies that manufactured municipal water treatment equipment. When the cannabis industry began, I jumped at the chance to put my sales, engineering, and business experience to work on the ground level of a new industry. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, live music and spending time with my kids.
STASHLOGIX makes innovative cannabis storage products and handbags that promote responsibility and discretion. We believe you can be a parent, a professional, or just be yourself, without worrying about your kids accessing your edibles or without the judgment that comes from the tell-tale odors.
Sophia So, Founder, So Green
Sophia So is the founder of So Green and is a strong believer that the future must be green and sustainable by means of innovative solutions to work in the most efficient way with a background in International Business Law.
About So Green
So Green constitutes one of the candidates that have applied for a license in accordance with the experiment regarding cannabis supply to coffee shops throughout the Netherlands