We are now accepting Mentor applications for Our Academy's third cohort tentatively starting March 2023. 

Our Academy is a  501(C)(3) non-profit cannabis mentorship accelerator for BIPOC and justice impacted NY  CAURD license holders. 

To learn more about the program read about it here or email:

Requirements to become an OA Mentor:

  • You have been in cannabis for at least 3 years
  • Opened up one or more compliant dispensaries in the US
  • You are experienced with everything that goes into running a compliant dispensary or delivery license, including but not limited to:
    • Licensing, permitting, and zoning
    • Staffing and human resources policies
    • Security standards and practices
    • Compliance policies and procedures
    • Marketing
    • Sell-through
    • Purchasing
    • Fundraising

Before we get started, we need to ask you a few questions in order to pair you with the right mentee and get you involved.
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Name (First and Last) *
Name of Company *
Phone Number *
E-mail *
Your Company's Website
What is your title at your company? *
Which city do you live in? *
Are you interested in teaching a workshop, being a mentor, and/or offering your services to our list of resources? (please click all that apply) *
If you are looking to offer pro bono or discounted services (*what we're calling Our Academy Office Hours), which service are you offering and how many hours are you able to donate of your time pro bono? *
If you are able to offer discounted services, what is your regular hourly rate vs. your billable rate for Our Academy mentees? These prices will not be publicly published* *
Why would you like to become an Our Academy mentor? (A mentor would take on one or more mentees and speak with them once a week for 45 min-1hr)  *
Have you been part of a mentorship program, incubator, or accelerator before? If so, do you have any suggestions and what did you feel was most impactful about the program or what disliked about the program? *
(Don't feel the need to note which program it was)
Why do you feel that equity in the cannabis industry is important? *
Please share a 4-5 sentence bio about who you are, what you specialize in, and any interests you may have. *
Which sector of the industry are you part of? *
We will be hosting demo days for our mentees at the end of this cohort. If you are an accredited investor or buyer would you like to join the demo day(s)? *
Do you own equity in any entity that has financial interests in a cannabis license or cannabis license application in the state of New York?  *
If you responded "Yes" to the question above, which company / license?  *
Our Academy is run purely on your generous donations. Would you like to become a donor partner?  *
Who referred you to become an Our Academy Mentor? *
I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of service for OUR ACADEMY. (Please type "I agree" without quotations) *
OUR ACADEMY Privacy Policy:
This program will specifically cater to CAURD license holders in New York State. Since New York has laws regulating True Parties of Interest ("TPI"), all mentors participating in this program must have read these regulations. To read more about TPI regulations please reference the CAURD TPI Home Page, or contact the Office of Cannabis Management at   

Please confirm below that you understand these regulations and agree to adhere to them throughout the course of this program, and for one year following the conclusion of the program.
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