Nu Project’s mission is to build intergenerational wealth via the legal cannabis industry for the communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis criminalization – Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o/x communities. Nu Project’s programs are designed to increase success outcomes for people of color in the cannabis industry either as business owners or professionals.
Nu Project’s work is specifically designed to address three most common equity hurdles for all marginalized groups when starting a business or a professional career: capital, education/exposure, and connection. Nu Project provides funding for cannabis businesses, skill-building and mentoring for entrepreneurs and professionals, national and state equity policy development and advocacy.
Nu Network mentors are committed to helping people of color overcome equity hurdles.
Our network includes cannabis leaders who are award-winning business owners, C-suite executives, and leading subject matter experts.
While we do some mentor match-making on an as needed basis we lean on our Nu Network as an additional benefit to Nu Fuel and Nu School program particpants.
Unsure how to engage as a mentor? The most basic support can look like the following:
- Problem-solve short-term issues and engage in strategic long-term business planning.
- Sharing the power of their contacts to make connections and introductions.
Schedule a chat to see if mentoring is the right fit for you.
We facilitate a personalized business accelerator for owners moving too fast to stop for a traditional boot camp.
Nu School is targeted and personalized so business owners get fast, effective knowledge, mentorship and up-skillinge.
51% of business ownership must be people of color.
Nu School provides education, resources, training and specialty expertise with a specific lens for businesses of color. Business owners in the Nu School program have unlimited use of the
on-demand services to plan for the future and resolve immediate crises.
Businesses are matched with curriculum, training, and experts to tackle biggest opportunity or solve biggest challenge. Businesses can apply to be a Nu School business below.
Nu Professional is a job board for professionals of color interested in joining the cannabis industry. There are many paths to wealth creation via the legal cannabis industry. Meaningful careers at fast growing cannabis companies can build wealth. (Think Google employee #53)
We believe Black and brown people should be included in that wealth building opportunity. Nu Professional aims to increase diversity among professional roles in fast growing cannabis companies by being a hub for diverse, talented professionals.
Cannabis companies tell us diversity is a priority and they want access to more diverse talent. Professionals of color want to connect with good companies and have the right information to make smart career decisions.
If you are a professional interested in the cannabis industry, sign up to be part of our community.
If you are an employer committed to increasing diversity, learn more about becoming an annual member to post sponsored jobs, increase brand reach and more.
Funding for cannabis businesses with a priority placed on funding businesses 51%+ owned by people from communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis criminalization -- Black, Indigenous and Latina/o/x.
Funding options include:
- Annual grant cycle opening Spring 2022
- 0% and low interest loans available to businesses 365
- COVID Relief grants no longer available (round 2 closed)
funded to BIPOC entrepreneurs
COVID-19 Relief Grants up to $15,000.
COVID-19 Relief Grants have closed. Available to Portland-area cannabis businesses, majority BIPOC-owned and/or cannabis conviction. Round 2 - $170,000 in relief funds. If you missed this round, please sign up to get updates on additional funding rounds.
Annual grants up to $80,000 for Oregon-based Businesses. Grants are awarded via an application cycle that opens Spring 2022. Applications available online. Please sign up for newsletter updates.
APPLY NOW: Up to $25,000 via 0%-interest loan for Oregon-based businesses. These loans provide no-cost, extended payment term financing to the most underfunded businesses: BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses. Apply today for funding.