TechforCann Europe Accelerator identifies and nurtures breakthrough companies resolving challenges in the medical cannabis industry. The hybrid program focuses on early stage IP based start-ups that have potential for exit/IPO.
The government of Malta has committed 2.5 million euro to the accelerator, supporting up to 20 innovative companies over 18 months.“Innovation and evidence-based science are the answer to industry challenges that remain a barrier of entry to the pharma and big data sectors that will enable growth,” says Lilac Mandeles, CEO of TechforCann Europe.
“Accelerator programs are recognized as a shortcut to innovation, with participating companies often raising 50% to 150% more funding in the years following the accelerator experience.”
The cannabis industry must offer more products, processes and solutions that are clinically validated, safe, sustainable and cost-effective. To that end, the accelerator focuses on the Medical Cannabis Market – including prescription cannabis based medicine for specific indications for the Pharmaceutical and OTC Industry, but will also support innovative wellness solutions for the nutraceuticals and cosmetic industry.
Entrepreneurs and startups from around the world are invited to apply to the first cohort, starting January 2022. Following a deep and methodological submission process, six winning companies will be selected to receive €100,000 and join an intensive 12-week program. Participants benefit from a top-tier curriculum covering both scientific and business topics, 1:1 mentorship from leading experts in the industry, dedicated hours with pre-vetted service providers, and more.
“Our vision is to build commercially viable businesses, based on unique IP from entrepreneurs and universities around the world who are opening cannabis curriculums and encouraging innovation (tech transfer)” says Mandeles.
“What makes the accelerator unique is that each participant works with an EU-GMP licensed partner to define and validate business or technology milestone,” says Mandeles.
“At the end of each cohort startups will participate in an in-person event with access a global network of partners, customers, alumni association and investors”.