CannaBusiness Ideation Summit

Coming soon: Daniels College of Business will convene Cannabis industry leaders, regulatory officials and legal experts to engage in Colorado’s inaugural CannaBusiness Ideation Summit. This event is designed to engage business and civic leaders in synthesizing the current political realities, business challenges and visionary goals—in order to collectively shape and responsibly curate Colorado’s CannaBusiness ecosystem of tomorrow.

CannaBusiness: Ideation Challenge

This highly interactive summit will engage Colorado’s thriving network of Cannabis business owners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders with legal and regulatory officials to ideate creative solutions and implementation strategies for Industry Challenges, including 280E, Inter-State Growth and Banking.

Summit Topics

  • CannaBusiness Horizons: 2020 and beyond…
  • Sustaining Relationships: The Secret Ingredient
  • IDEATION CHALLENGE: Addressing key CO CannaBusiness challenges

“As the Colorado cannabis industry expands and matures, it faces a range of new challenges and opportunities,” says Dr. Paul Seaborn, professor of management at Daniels College of Business. “Gathering cannabis professionals and thought leaders from multiple sectors provides an opportunity for crucial industry insights to emerge.”

Featured Speakers

Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director of Excise and Licenses, City and County of Denver

Ashley Kilroy gained experience in implementing the city’s policies after voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana in 2013. She and the marijuana policy staff recommend, administer and implement medical and retail marijuana policies and oversee and coordinate all marijuana-related activities of various city agencies, employees, boards and commissions.

Kristi Kelly, Executive Director, Marijuana Industry Group

For 8 years, Kristi Kelly has dedicated her career to the advancement of patient access to medical cannabis. A former owner/operator of a collective of high-quality medical marijuana cultivation and retail facilities in the Denver-metro area, she has helped to start numerous industry organizations, non-profits and businesses committed to education, safe access, and responsible business operations.

Paul Seaborn, PhD, Professor of Management, University of Denver

With an extensive background in corporate consulting and strategic management, Dr. Seaborn is teaching DU’s first ever “Business of Marijuana” course this spring. His research interests include: Non-market strategy/corporate political activity, industry regulation & self-regulation, political economy, entrepreneurship, business models, economics of information. He is currently working on a series of research projects related to Colorado’s emerging marijuana industry.

Neal Levine, Senior Vice President Government Affairs, LivWell Enlightened Health

Having worked on cannabis policy reform on the state and national levels for the majority of his career, Neal Levine has led or played a key role on the teams that changed marijuana laws in several states, including: Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada and Alaska. Levine has also been involved in developing industry regulations across the country. Recently, Levine shifted from political consulting to working in the industry full time.

More Details

Join us from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Joy Burns Center on the University of Denver campus to interact with and learn from preeminent experts in the industry. You will be part of a collaborative and innovative group and help to develop a roadmap to navigate this multi-faceted new industry.

Who Should Attend

Cannabis-related business, policy, advocacy, legal and regulatory professionals in Colorado and beyond; University of Denver alumni, students, faculty/staff, donors and corporate partners; Entrepreneurs, investors, and others interested in the emergent Cannabis ecosystem are also invited to join us!



Non-Profit, Government, Military—$75


Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration in any of our programs, you may transfer your enrollment to a future session, send someone to take your place, or cancel without penalty at any time up to three days (72 hours) prior to your class. If you provide us with less than three days’ notice, or fail to attend, you will be responsible for the entire workshop fee.

Contact Us

Program Developer
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 312B

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

As a sponsor of our CannaBusiness Ideation Summit you would receive a variety of benefits, including:

  • Complimentary passes for CannaBusiness Ideation Summit
  • Inclusion in marketing materials and pre- and post-event
  • Sponsor recognition at CannaBusiness Ideation Summit
  • Discounts on future CannaBusiness Events/Workshops

*In Kind Opportunities are also available.

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