Innovation Summit

4.17.24 | Public | Free | Hybrid

An immersive day of Web3 programming!

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2024 Summit sponsors

2024 Summit agenda

Location: WorkLife (2nd floor of Merchandise Mart) & virtual 

Get ready for a full day of Web3 programming & networking! Agenda for the day includes: keynotes, pitch showcases, networking breakfast & lunch, expert panels, startup expos, and happy hour.

Networking & breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM

Networking, coffee, and light breakfast.

Opening remarks


1871, CEO, Betsy Ziegler

Betsy Ziegler

Opening keynote

9:10-9:50 AM


9:55- 10:15 AM

State of Web3 Today

Arry Yu, Co-Founder & Executive Director @ US Blockchain Coalition


10:20-11:00 PM

Web3 in Action: Real-World Web3 Use Cases

Katia Kobylinski, Head of Partnerships @ ETHChicago

Nathan Love, Sr. Business Development Manager – Wholesale Partnerships & Innovation @ T-Mobile

11:05 - 11:45 AM

What needs to be done for Web3 mass-adoption- A candid conversation

Arry Yu, Co-Founder & Executive Director @ US Blockchain Coalition

Gabby Kusz, Senior Fellow @ AI 2030

Nelson Rosario, Founder and Partner @ Rosario Tech Law

Networking & lunch

12:00-1:00 PM

Topic: Future of Cannabis

Startup expo

1:00-1:45 PM

Discover the innovative services & products from 1871’s 2024 Web3 Innovation Lab cohort startups! Walk  booth-by-booth to connect with Web3  innovators in our immersive Startup Expo.

Startup pitches

Group 1

2:05-2:55 PM

Group 2

3:05-3:55 PM

Hear pitches from the top startups in 1871’s 2024 Web3 Innovation Lab

Closing keynote

4:10-4:50 PM

Closing remarks

4:50-5:00 PM

1871, CEO, Betsy Ziegler

Betsy Ziegler

Arry Yu, Co-Founder & Executive Director @ U.S. Blockchain Coalition 

Happy-hour networking

5:00-6:30 PM

Summit breakdown

This event brings together 250+ growth and late-stage startups, corporate partners, VCs, industry leaders, and public attendees for a full day of networking and curated Web3 and decentralized tech programming!

should attend


Early-stage startups

Growth-stage startups

Late-stage startups

Corporate innovators


Industry experts

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.

Year 2023 Rewind

Looking back on our first Cannabis Innovation Summit.

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.

Meet our first-ever Web3 Innovation Lab cohort

Our winter 2024 Web3 Innovation Lab cohort will be showcasing their products at the summit and networking throughout the event. Don’t miss witnessing the newest industry tech solutions and connecting with those on the forefront of Web3 innovation!

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

2024 Web3
Innovation Lab

Apps are open for the 2024 cohort! Apply today to join the lab and be on the forefront of web3 & decentralized tech innovation. 

Interested in becoming a late-stage or corporate lab partner? Connect with our team today!

Participating growth-scalers

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