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Lift Co. x Leaf Forward Pitch Competition | Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo


Are you an entrepreneur building the next great Canadian cannabis company?

Pitch your cannabis startup to industry experts at the Lift & Co. Expo.


The Lift & Co. x Leaf Forward Pitch Competition will take place during the Lift & Co Cannabis Expo’s Industry Day on January 11, 2019 and will feature a judging panel encompassing great business minds in the cannabis industry. The pitch competition is organized in partnership with Leaf Forward, Canada’s first and leading cannabis business accelerator.

One of five finalists will be selected to win:

  • 5 hours of startup consulting from the Leaf Forward team
  • $3,000 worth of advertising from Lift & Co. to promote your company
  • 10 x 10 booth at the Toronto 2019 Lift & Co. Expo
    2-year membership to the Leaf Club
  • Potential financial investment or advisory from the judges
  • More prizes to be announced!


Our judges:

Craig Hudson, CFO Lift&Co

Rachel Colic, Producer, Cannabis TV on CHCH; Co-Host High Friends Podcast; Founder, Eves of Eden

Dan Sutton, CEO, Tantalus Labs

Andrea Dobbs, Co-Founder, The Village Bloomery


Announcing our Winner!

Blade Filters - Giancarlo Sessa


Pitch Competition Finalists:

Hybrid Pharm - Rahim Dhalla

Infer.Green - Varun Madhok

Greenline POS - Albert Kim

Greenlight Analytical - James Wylde


Businesses must be operating in the cannabis sector or related industries and apply by December 14, 2018 by filling out the form below. The judging committee will conduct interviews with selected applicants the week of December 17 and announce the pitch finalists by January 2, 2019. Each finalist will be given 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges.

The Pitch Competition is part of the Vancouver Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo, Canada’s premiere cannabis trade show, taking place January 11-13, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Only individuals with tickets to the Industry Day on January 11 will have the opportunity to watch the Pitch Competition live and witness the judging panel dispense advice and prizes. To learn more and purchase tickets visit

Leaf Forward is Canada’s first cannabis business accelerator, providing early stage cannabis focused businesses with mentorship, networking, and learning opportunities from successful leaders who have taken ideas and turned them into reality. Get involved with your local Leaf Forward chapter by visiting

Pitch submissions are now closed. Finalists will be announced by January 2, 2019.