Innovation Summit with

4.20.23 | Public | Free | Hybrid

An immersive day of cannabis-tech programming!

Cannabis Innovation Lab

1871’s Cannabis Innovation Lab enables early startups, connecting them to growth-scalers, corporates, and VCs with the goal of collectively solving for industry problems with technology.

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Cannabis Innovation Summit is the capstone of Cannabis Innovation Lab, an immersive program for those in cannabis-tech. 

This event brings together 250+ startups, investors, corporate partners, industry experts already in the space and those who are “canna-curious.” 

Together, we’ll celebrate and continue industry innovation by bringing together all players in a business ecosystem for a full day of networking & custom programming.

Read about “why cannabis now” in a report from partners at World Business Chicago.

should attend


Early stage startups


Growth startups

Corporate innovators


What to expect

Built with lab parter

  • Inspirational keynote
  • Networking with cannabis ecosystem players
  • Pitch competition featuring lab cohort
  • Thought-provoking dialogue and organic connections through breakout discussions 
  •  Presentations of industry technology 
  • Education through an expert panel 
  • Be a part of the cannabis-tech evolution

Participating growth-scalers

View the full list of lab participants on our blog announcing its cohort.

Summit breakdown

8:30 AM CST – 7:00 PM CST

In person @ 1871 – how to get here

Agenda for the day includes the following: breakfast, breakout rooms, pitch competition, networking lunch, expert panel, tech playground, startup booths, pitch finals, and happy hour.

Detailed agenda coming soon!

Welcome breakfast

8:30 AM

Networking, coffee, and light breakfast.

Opening remarks

9:00 AM

1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler gives welcome address to attendees.

Betsy Ziegler

Breakout rooms

9:55 AM

Topics TBD

Pitch competition

10:45 AM

Featuring early-stage startup Cannabis Innovation Lab participants. 

Networking lunch

12:45 PM

Boxed lunches to move around while you enjoy engaging with our community.

Expert panel

1:30 PM

Topic: Future of Cannabis

Tech playground + startup alley

2:20 PM

A showcase of cannabis tech startups, operators, and tech innovators.

Pitch finals

3:35 PM

Finalists move on for winner title!


Happy hour


Enjoy a wind-down from a full day of programming & content.

Summit sponsors

2024 Cannabis
Innovation Lab

Apps for 2023 have closed, but get a head start for next year.