Civilized Partners With Canopy Rivers On Cannabis Business Pitch Competition

Published: June 25, 2018

Civilized Partners With Canopy Rivers On Cannabis Business Pitch Competition

Aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs will compete in a live pitch competition for up to CAD $1 million in seed capital from Canopy Rivers Corporation and a promotional package from premium media and lifestyle brand Civilized. The finalists will pitch today at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Vancouver, BC.

“We love startups and supporting entrepreneurs. It’s part of our personal and professional DNA,” says Derek Riedle, CEO and Publisher of Civilized. “Civilized has industry insight and expertise to help new cannabis brands enter into the space. Along with the generous capital support from Canopy Rivers, we’re happy to give the pitch winner tools to help them succeed.”

The promotional package is valued at CAD $65,000 and includes consumer research, content on Civilized platforms (including editorial video, sponsored articles and social media posts) and one million display impressions on

“Canopy Rivers is proud to support the next wave of cannabis entrepreneurs,” said Daniel Pearlstein, Executive Vice President, Head of Business Development, Canopy Rivers Corporation. “The Pitch Day shines light on the diverse range of new businesses that will develop within the proposed regulations under the recently approved Bill C-45. We are excited to help develop cannabis startups and to continue to foster a more diverse and inclusive industry.”

The panel of judges evaluating the pitches all have deep roots in the cannabis industry in Canada, bringing a wide range of cannabis experience in business operations, advocacy, constitutional law and cultivation.

Canopy Rivers Corporation is helping foster growth in the Canadian cannabis landscape by supporting a diverse range of hopeful cannabis entrepreneurs including micro-growers, micro-processors, hemp production, lab testing, retailers and other emerging segments that have been underrepresented in the industry. The pitch winner will enter into discussions with Canopy Rivers Corporation, and will receive the Civilized promotional package if / when they enter into a definitive agreement with Canopy Rivers Corporation.