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New The Work - NU Project



NuProject’s programs increase success outcomes for historically-excluded cannabis entrepreneurs. Our work addresses the three most prevalent equity hurdles: capital, education, and connection. We provide funding for cannabis businesses, knowledge-building for entrepreneurs, and a mentoring network to make door-opening connections.

Funding for cannabis businesses with a priority on funding businesses 50% or more owned by people from communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis criminalization — Black, Indigenous and Latina/o/x. Funding options include grants and loans. 

Why loans? Loans allow us to recirculate capital and reach more businesses with critical growth funds. Founders retain company ownership vs equity capital. And, loans prepare founders for larger capital infusions via bank-funded financing. 


$3.6 M

funded to historically excluded cannabis entrepreneurs

0% interest loans

0% interest loans for amounts under $15,000 are available to revenue-generating businesses in Portland, Oregon. For more information, connect with us today.

Portland Loan Program 2023/2024 Application Window is open.
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Low-interest loans

Low-interest loans are available to revenue-generating businesses in Oregon, Colorado, and select Northeast states for amounts greater than $20,000. 

Portland Loan Program 2023/2024 Application Window is open.
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Colorado Loan Program Application Window is open.
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Grants are available to startup and revenue-generating businesses located within the state of Oregon.



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NuSchool is our content centered from the lens of the historically-excluded founders, which combines on-demand virtual learning with connections to a network of mentors. We believe this on-demand access for our NuSchool businesses will ignite a shift in success rates for BIPOC-owned cannabis companies.


To support BIPOC business growth via NuSchool as a funding partner, email

Entrepreneurs of color have historically been excluded from the networks that create wealth. NuNetwork provides entrepreneurs with mentors and connectors who can close network gaps. We’re looking for mentors and subject matter experts from across the U.S. and Canada who are willing to lend some time – as little or as much as you can – to the NuProject entrepreneurs in our network. Based on our entrepreneurs’ needs and the time a mentor can give, NuNetwork participation can vary, including:


formal recurring mentoring relationships

one-time meetings to provide real-time subject matter expertise

Warm introductions to hard-to-reach contacts

The more leaders in our network, the more effective the network. Interested in becoming a mentor? Click the links below to complete our interest form to kick off the process of joining NuNetwork as a mentor or as an entrepreneur to be mentored.
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