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CALIFORNIA (OAKLAND)

City of Oakland Equity Loan and Grant Program

This program offers both grants and 0% interest four-year loans to Oakland Verified Equity Applicants who fulfill the program criteria. 

Equity Loan Program Overview

Equity Grant Program Overview

City of Oakland Equity Permit Program

The City’s groundbreaking Equity Permit Program is designed to minimize barriers to cannabis licensing for those who have been the most victimized by the war on drugs. An eligible Equity applicant is an Oakland resident who either has a cannabis conviction in Oakland after November 5, 1996 or has lived for 10 of the last 20 years in the police beats with disproportionately higher number of cannabis-related arrests

Gaining Resources to Achieve Sustainable Success (GRASS)

GRASS is a business coaching program modeled after programs implemented by other capital providers such as micro-lenders and equity investors who seek to ensure growth and success is achieved by the entrepreneurs they fund.

GRASS Program Overview

Private organizations / Non-profits:

Gateway Incubator

Gateway is a full immersion business accelerator and seed investment program born out of Silicon Valley and located in the capital of cannabis advocacy and innovation. 

Gateway Incubator

The Hood Incubator

The Hood Incubator builds a pipeline of opportunity and organizing so that Black people can lead at the center of the legalization process. We accomplish this through three intersecting strategies: Building a Movement, Economic Development and Community Education.

The Hood Incubator

Medsi Ventures

Medisi Ventures is the first Social Impact Enterprise reimagining cannabis culture-from policy to profit, to the consumption experience.

We provide development and consulting services to those looking to pursue sustainable and socially impactful cannabis ventures. Our strength is in creating cross-sector alliances that promote socio-economic progression.

Medsi Ventures

Supernova Women

Supernova Women is a women of color led non-profit organization with a mission to empower people of color to become self-sufficient shareholders in the cannabis industry. We do this through education, advocacy, and network building. Our organization was founded in 2015 by Amber Senter, Nina Parks, and Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho. Andrea Unsworth joined the Supernova Women board of directors in early 2016. Supernova Women is a national organization headquartered in Oakland, California.

Supernova Women