Investor Pitch Competition
Jim Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Oasis Capital
Jim Fitzpatrick is a Solutioneer, crafting customized solutions to complex opportunities in the Cannabis Industry. Jim is a former Chairman of Costa Mesa Planning Commission and an Architect of Measure x. Jim has helped other Cities draft Cannabis Regulatory Schemes and successfully obtained over 2 dozen Cannabis Licenses. Jim was one of the first to implement Equipment Financing, helped Teams stack capital and is an Advisor to several Cannabis Companies. For Oasis Capital, Jim is a Vice President, responsible for working with Public Companies to allocate Oasis Capital capital.
Jim recently completed a UCLA Accounting Course in Financial Balance Sheet Analysis, with an A on his Final.
About Oaxsis Capital
Oasis Capital is a Family Office, located in Puerto Rico, that makes direct Balance Sheet Investments in public companies, and is sector agnostic. Jim leads Cannabis efforts.
Chris Cuvelier, Head of Beverage, Caliva
Focused, experienced and determined CEO who has grown from passionate entrepreneur to seasoned (and still passionate) executive. 360 degree view of Sales, Finance, Operations and Marketing. Passionate about plant-based products and working with amazing people.
Caliva is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier cannabis dispensary and cultivation facility. We opened in July of 2015, and in 2016, Caliva was ranked #1 dispensary in the nation by Business Insider. Our 100,000 square foot facility is one of the most advanced pharmaceutical-grade cannabis cultivating, manufacturing, and dispensing facilities in the country and a model for energy efficiency, safe access, and compliance.
Eric Spitz, CEO, C4 Distro
Eric Spitz launched C4 Distro with Bill Lockyer in 2016. A former chairman and president of the Orange County Register, Spitz leverages twenty years of executive leadership and deal-making experience to launch and manage businesses in complex and new industries. Spitz led the purchase of Freedom Communications in July 2012, and served as the company’s President and Chairman until March 2016. Upon acquisition, the company’s portfolio included the Orange County Register and five other daily newspapers.
C4 Distro delivers 21st Century merchandising and logistics tools to retailers and brands in California's licensed cannabis ecosystem. We operate a skilled and experienced field team using:
High-touch distribution service
Local, data driven decision-making
Consumer centered portfolio/category design
Jay Caauwe, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Supercritical
Jay combined decades of experience in the capital markets, and accomplishments in expanding operations and developing and launching products that include VIX options and futures, SPX options, corporate bond index futures, and bitcoin futures, with his expert-level knowledge of opportunities in the cannabis industry.
Supercritical, an independent Cannabis Advisory Firm, to advance investors’ participation in the cannabis, hemp, and ancillary marketplaces and provide consulting services to address client's critical issues and extract maximum value for their business as they navigate the rapidly changing marketplace. Jay is a well-known sought out speaker at events across the US and Europe, and author or contributor to numerous articles. Jay has an impressive track record of providing leadership that maximizes revenue and growth by developing, expanding and sustaining multi-million-dollar global markets for existing products; identifying customer needs and creating new products for existing markets; and, building a world-class global business development and marketing organization that is innovative, customer-focused, and results driven in the highly regulated capital market/exchange industry in his 30+ years at Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Away from Supercritical, Jay serves as advisory board member of the Wall Street Dead a Head networking group and is grateful to be a board member of the San Francisco based Rex Foundation, the non profit charitable arm of the Grateful Dead.
Jeffrey Finkle, CEO, Arcview Ventures
Entrepreneur / Investor with over 25 years operating, and 13 years investing experience
Named as one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch
Arcview Collective Fund ("The Collective"), formerly Viridian Members Fund invests in seed, early-stage and opportunities in companies with high-growth potential in the cannabis industry. The Collective invests across subsectors where it leverages its members’ expertise, to make investments averaging $50,000 to $250,000, each, over the life of the investment.
The Arcview Collective Fund is a member-managed venture fund. This is a hybrid model between an angel group and a traditional venture fund. The members of the fund range from experienced angel investors and partners in VC funds to executives of successful companies.
John Nemanic, Partner, Green Coast Capital
John is a partner in Green Coast Capital International S.A. Green Coast is an international investor providing flexible and innovative financing to the small-cap and micro-cap marketplace in a variety of sectors. Our team consists of experts in capital markets making quick decisions to provide growth capital to issuers.
John is a serial entrepreneur and investor. As co-founder, Chairman and CEO, he exited 3 very successful Internet start ups. In 2006, Hostopia raised 29.2 million (TSX:H), then sold to Deluxe Communications for $124 Million USD. Tucows was sold to the Steinmetz Group for $45 Million April 1999. Tucows current market cap. is over $600 Million. Internet Direct was merged with Look Communications in 1999 with a deemed value of $560 Million
John's current interests are medical cannabis, cultivation, hemp and CBD start ups, with a focus on Colombia. He is married to Sandra Carrillo MD a leading expert in Cannabis for clinical applications, and was appointed as "Clinical professor in charge of the scientific program for cannabis research and education", Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama.
John manages Panamanian and Colombian based businesses. He is a former member of EO Panama and has extensive contacts within Panama. He also is a former member of EO Toronto (1995) and YPO Toronto (1999).
He is actively seeking high-return opportunities to invest in and serve as a director for high-quality cannabis oriented firms. If you are seeking a highly experienced operator, a dynamic leader who understands the growth cycles of start-ups, and how to develop exit strategies please contact John Nemanic.
About Green Growth Partners
Green Coast Capital International S.A is a private international investment firm focused on investing in small- and micro-cap publicly traded growth companies. We provide flexible debt and equity structured investments across several international markets.
We seek to invest in high growth and distressed situations. Green Coast Capital International S.A allocates capital across all industries in four core strategies: discounted equity, convertible debt, convertible preferred equity, and undervalued open market opportunities.
We only manage our own capital giving us the ability to make timely and qualified investment decisions.
Scott Greiper, President, Viridian Capital Advisors
Mr. Greiper has had a highly successful 30-year career on Wall Street and in his own businesses, with a track record of helping to identify, advise, finance and buy/sell best of breed emerging growth companies in newly emerging industries.
Mr. Greiper is the founder and President of Viridian Capital Advisors, launched in June 2014 as one of the earliest institutional financial and strategic advisory firms in the legal cannabis sector. To date, the Viridian team has closed 16 financing transactions totaling approximately $185 million, and 10 M&A transactions with total consideration of approximately $400 million. Viridian has performed several dozen valuation, financial modeling and board development assignments for its cannabis and hemp client companies.
In 2002, Mr. Greiper founded one of the first investment banking practices on Wall Street focused on the homeland and cyber security markets. As an early pioneer in these industries, he was able to advise, finance and buy/sell some of the early market leaders in the burgeoning security marketplace.
He has been involved in raising more than $700 million in capital for emerging growth companies and has completed a range of M&A transactions.
Mr. Greiper attended the Executive MBA program at Columbia University and received his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. He lives in Aspen, CO with his wife and two children.
Registrations & Affiliations
Viridian Capital Advisors, LLC is a financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to the medicinal and legal cannabis market. We provide market intelligence, investment banking, investor relations, and corporate development services to emerging growth companies in the cannabis sector. Our banking practice, through broker-dealer Bradley Woods & Co. Ltd., provides capital and M&A to fund the growth of our clients, while our advisory practice helps to build strong organizations and market visibility. Leveraging our team’s decades of high level operating and transactional experience on Wall Street in a variety of emerging sectors, we provide comprehensive strategic and financial solutions that assist cannabis enterprises in realizing their full potential.
Tim Lozott, CEO, Green Life Capital
Tim Lozott, a US Marine veteran has expertise at the C-Suite, V-Suite and senior management level in the the real estate, hospitality, consumer packaged goods, digital media, and cannabis sectors. He most recently effected organizational turnaround and took an underperforming and undercapitalized cannabis company to a performing thriving company, the result was taking the company to a successful liquidity acquisition event of $70M, which was just under 9x the capital invested. He has expertise and over two decades of professional experience in finance and operations management within start-ups and global multi-billion-dollar organizations, including experience in capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, investment fund management and growth strategy development. Mr. Lozott’s experience from the REIT and REIT investment fund management industry includes leading large teams across multiple locations: raising over $1.5 Billion in asset backed securities; raising over $2 Billion in private-equity investments from institutional investors, and obtaining over $250 million in debt financing.
Green Life Capital
“We make it easier for small private companies to raise capital by providing one-stop, full-spectrum capital solutions and strategic advisory services”
Green Life Capital is an investor and a strategic partner…empowering private-equity, small-cap companies and providing one-stop, full capital stack investment and strategic advisory services.
Last year our team deployed $120 million in commercial real estate loans and $43 million in working capital loans. This year we have $500 million in assets under management to deploy in debt financing, and we have an extended network with access to over $6 billion. Whether it is speed or price you are looking for, look no further than Green Life Capital. We are also raising capital for our private-equity funds, business development company fund and our venture capital funds.
After much thought about what we can bring to emerging growth companies we landed on, Teamwork, Communication, Effecting Change, Agility, Innovation, Simplification, Efficiency, and Profitability.
We're filling a huge void by 1) bringing professional institutional funding to small-cap emerging growth companies, 2) maintaining a niche focus on industries that we understand and where we have operational experience, and 3) providing strategic advisory services to the young companies competing in their space.
We have a team of experts and have developed relationships that are centered around navigating the issues of emerging growth companies, mitigating risks, strategic growth and development.
In addition to investing capital in selected Client Companies, we also makes sure each client has a clearly defined business and financial plan, and the ability to reach its financial goals and objectives. Because of our expertise to help companies obtain successful funding and execute business strategies post-funding our Client Companies have the ability to secure additional funding far more efficiently than otherwise possible.
We pride ourselves in having a Disciplined Investment Philosophy developed over years of experience in capital markets.
Our investment approach emphasizes value-add, capital preservation, minimization of downside risk, in addition to engaging in due diligence from the perspective of a long-term investor.
Whether you're a company seeking to raise capital or an investor - consider joining us on our mission to be the pre-eminent source of expertise and capital and market support for emerging growth small-cap private companies.