Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we’ll profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions. This week, we’re pleased to introduce you to featured trailblazer Leo Bridgewater, co-founder of Cannagather NJ.
Tell us about your Company
CannagatherNJ is the largest and most diverse Cannabis Industry Networking/Education platform in the Garden state. Every 4th Tuesday of the month we host events where entrepreneurs, investors, and business owners in the industry can meet and exchange ideas. We highlight businesses that want to announce themselves, their business model, and their intentions in the Garden state. Our keynote speakers range from elected officials to former pro athletes, advocates and CEO’s, all in the cannabis or hemp industries.
Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?
Considering my NJ medical marijuana patient advocacy work, I honestly feel my involvement in the cannabis/hemp industry is more of an evolution than a choice. In fact, it was through advocacy that the business revealed itself to me. The early history of our industry has not been kind to minorities and women. We’re currently living in that early history, and this is how I evolved into the business rather than it being a choice.
What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?
The extreme lack of consumer education, coupled with an extreme lack of minority inclusion and participation, are all symptoms of chaos. This chaos only exists because the industry is still in its infancy, and we’ve yet to figure out how to effectively communicate with one another. Cannagather NJ looks to address those needs by hosting affordable education/networking events.
Those of us whose craft and business it is to either touch the plant or support the plant need a consistent place where we can meet up, learn, exchange ideas, and talk business amongst each other. Until Cannagather NJ, access to an environment like this would cost in the range of $100-$400. We bring quality speakers and exposure to some of the brightest minds and talent in the Industry and we charge just $35.00. We believe access to industry information is paramount if NJ is to have a robust and inclusive cannabis/hemp industry.
What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?
Humbling to say the least. Every month since its inception here in NJ our attendance has averaged between 200-250. Attendees and featured business alike have expressed both excitement and gratitude. The diverseness of our business owners is what we are most proud of. There’s an entire demographic of industry professionals whom have been largely ignored, locked out, missed, and passed over. CannagatherNJ looks to correct that problem.
Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?
Yes, we are in the midst of a national expansion. We are set to bring CannagatherCT, CannagatherATL, cannagatherMIA, CannagatherPhilly, CannagatherNO and CannagatherLA online in the coming months.
Where can readers learn more?