The ICBC Global Investment Forum is an exclusive network providing access to insider market info, capital investors, and exciting growth companies in the cannabis market. We host a series of investor summits to bring together accredited international investors with companies looking for capital, and we provide a forum for exchange in the key areas that the market needs most – real data and available capital.
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VIP Reception will be held on 1 April at 7pm at the Intercontinental Hotel for All Inclusive Pass holders.
Alex Rogers, Executive Producer of the International Cannabis Business Conference, welcomes conference attendees and provides an overview of the conference schedule, including the panels and speakers that will be providing presentations and interviews.
Peter Homberg, a partner at Dentons Law Firm, will provide a thorough update regarding medical cannabis regulations and trends in Germany and Europe. Topics will include supply and demand in Germany and Europe, the German tender process regarding national cultivation of medical cannabis, cannabis exports/imports, price models, and potential harmonization of cannabis products within the EU.
Juergan Neumeyer of Cannabiswirtschaft will provide forward-looking insight and analysis of the German cannabis market and potential opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs. Topics of focus will include domestic production, purchasing trends, and CBD. Mr. Neumeyer will also discuss the current state of cannabis politics in Germany.
FOUNDER & LAWYER
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
KRÜGER VERWALTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH & CO KG AND J&K TECHNOLOGY GMBH
M.SC. PROCESS &
The shifting global trade winds are bringing cannabis into Germany from all over the world. Panelists will provide insight into what trends and opportunities to look for and what mistakes to avoid in Germany's emerging cannabis industry. The experts on the panel will explain why matching cert and proving EU GMP involves more than just paperwork.
Cannabis companies in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, and the Netherlands are seeking to build a domestic supply for medicinal cannabis in the EU, while low-cost producers in Colombia and South Africa are also vying for the European market. With the downturn of the Canadian public markets in 2019, valuations have declined, and investors are rightfully cautious. Operators need to be more calculated and strategic to secure necessary capital and establish market share in this competitive landscape. Additionally, as the industry expands, opportunities continue to open up for ancillary service providers and product manufacturers to support the sector. In this session, Nic Easley, CEO of 3C Consulting and CEO & Managing Director of Multiverse Capital, will share with entrepreneurs and investors a bird's-eye view of the global industry and what you need to understand to see your cannabis venture clearly in 2020 and beyond with 20/20 vision.
WAGNER DIMAS & BUD.COM
GERMAN CANNABIS PIONEER
CEO AYWICK INVESTMENT GROUP
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
M.SC. PROCESS &
Stoked by the rapid growth of legal markets, investment in compelling cannabis companies has grown increasingly competitive with convergence of private equity and public markets capital. Never has it been more crucial for companies to understand the investment environment and how associated factors, such as reporting requirements, and strategic synergies can impact a company's operations and growth trajectory. Our panel of leading private and public fund CEOs will provide an updated investor landscape and delve beyond simple dollar amounts in assessing the impact of taking in capital via different investment vehicles.
MEDPAYRX & CANNACLEAR
FOUNDER & CEO
UNITED SCIENCE & extraktLAB
CEO & MANAGING PARTNER
Opportunities for innovation in the biotechnology sector of the European cannabis industry are heating up. Panelists will provide important information regarding what biotechnology involves that is specific to the cannabis industry, what may be entering the cannabis space in the coming years, the latest on plant genetics, regulatory policies, and opportunities in food processing. Learn about what role cutting edge biotech plays in Europe's emerging cannabis industry.
Cannabis is an effective medicine, however, there is still a significant amount of negative stigma directed at the cannabis plant and patients that use it. Many doctors are reluctant to recommend medical cannabis to patients due to a lack of knowledge about cannabis. This presentation is dedicated to educating patients and medical professionals about the benefits of medical cannabis.
DIRECTOR OF PARTNER DEVELOPMENT &
EDUCATION FOR FLOWR
Pharmacies play an enormous role in Germany's medical cannabis industry and are the service providers on the ground. Pharmacies are the very foundation of Germany's safe access model. Learn what new challenges face this part of the industry.
Jim Belushi is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, musician, and cannabis entrepreneur. Belushi talks about life, acting, and reinventing his career as an international cannabis producer in an insightful and entertaining interview.
Interview conducted by Michael Knodt.
FOOD & RETAIL
FOUNDER & LAWYER
EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL HEMP ASSOCIATION (EIHA)
FOUNDER & CEO
HEMPRO INTERNATIONAL GMBH & CO. KG AND HEMPCONSULT GMBH
Panelists will discuss recent changes made by the European Commission that affected hemp-derived CBD food, cosmetic products, and the Novel Foods Catalogue. The recent changes have had a significant impact on which products are allowed and which ones are prohibited. This panel will provide a thorough summary of the recent changes, their impact, and what further changes may be coming in the near future.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
HOBAN LAW GROUP
CHAIR & CEO
THE JMCC GROUP
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
One of the more difficult frontiers of the industry to navigate is developing in Europe because of a patchwork of laws far from cannabis on both a regional and national level. Exports and imports is the place where most of this confusion meets. The changing regulatory environment beyond that as international trade laws impact the conversation, creates a complicated, if not volatile, regulatory framework for businesses to work within. This panel will explore the intricacies of cannabis imports and exports in detail.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & CULTURE, SHELTER
OWNER & CEO
VK PREMIUM BUSINESS CONSULTANTS CO. GREECE
Different cannabis markets are at different stages of industry maturity, with some markets getting ready to launch and others being more established. Low wage economies see the new opportunities opening up across the European continent and beyond. More than a few countries now see cannabis as a great market development tool. From Spain, Denmark, Switzerland and Greece to countries in Eastern Europe, like Poland, Slovenia and North Macedonia, what are the opportunities to seize and what are the ones to watch out for? Panelists will discuss the important factors to be mindful of.
FOUNDING MEMBER & COO
THE HOUSE OF GREEN, LTD.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
CHAIRMAN & CO-FOUNDER
The extractions market is slowly beginning to come online in Europe as the market expands beyond flower to oil. Being knowledgeable about what is involved with cannabis extraction is critical to becoming an established, regulated, and compliant industry producer. Listen to leading extractors talk about the issues they face, from the levels of THC allowed in hemp-derived products to some of the tougher discussions about Novel Food.
IG HANFIG HANF
VP MARKETING & PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, CONVIRON & ARGUS CONTROLS
ENERAMA ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
Industry growth is being propelled by advances from purpose-made innovations. Novel hardware, software, and other IP provide efficiency, scale, and sales channels to help operators navigate our hyper-regulated Industry. Our panel of leading entrepreneurs and tech executives will discuss the impact and differentiation provided by tech, and its impact on industry competition.
Numerous policy changes are impacting cosmetics and CBD "Novelty" foods. What impact is there on the hemp/cannabis supply chains? Where can companies source from? This presentation will provide a thorough summary of current EU policies regarding CBD, including definitions and novel foods and an EU CBD forecast looking ahead to the next 5-10 years. The presentation will also provide an overview of the supply chain supporting the global CBD market, along with potential barriers and market opportunities.
Providing a world-class cannabis product or service is only part of the equation for cannabis industry success. Your product or service cannot be viable if no one knows about it. Panelists will share their tips, tricks, and insight to educate you about the best ways to get your company in front of the right people in a way that will have a lasting impact.
LEADER OF THE GERMAN HEMP ASSOCIATION (DHV)
CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Cannabis reform is constantly changing. Countries are at different points in the development of making cannabis a commodity, with the industry being one of the stakeholders seeking to influence and educate on the issue. In this 30-minute deep-dive panel, Aaron Smith (CEO at National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)) gives an update on current progress and developments on a federal level in the US and Georg Wurth (Founder of German Cannabis Association (DHV)) shows which advancements have been and can be made for Germany. The panelists discuss the importance of lobbywork, campaigning and education in order to shift the perspective, to get approval by the majority of the population in the topic and to create a regulatory environment that respects the needs of all stakeholders.
IG HANFIG HANF
SNAIL CUSTOM ROLLING PAPERS
CO-FOUNDER & COO
CEO & FOUNDER
PRESIDENT & CEO, LAB SOCIETY • PARTNER & CONSULTANT, ELEVATED RESEARCH SOLUTIONS
HEAD OF HEMP EDUCATION & TRAINING
Establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships is vital to success for all cannabis companies. Collaborating with the right partner(s) can literally be the difference between a company becoming a titan of the cannabis industry or fizzling. Panelists will discuss tips and tricks for seeking out the right partnership, as well as potential pitfalls that entrepreneurs should avoid.
German Judge Richter Mueller will speak on what cannabis businesses can help to do to support cannabis policy reform, and when people might expect to see the implementation of adult-use cannabis legalization in Germany.