The Work

We are unapologetically about the work of building intergenerational wealth for people of color through the legal cannabis industry.

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What We Do

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NuFuel

We award businesses of color annual grants in amounts as large as $30,000 and as small as $5,000.

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NuNetwork

We pair business owners with the cannabis industry’s global thought leaders for personal mentoring and business coaching.

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NuSchool

We facilitate a customized business accelerator program with education and technical skill building.

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NuProfessional

We build paths for business professionals of color to exit corporate America and break glass ceilings in cannabis.

NuFuel

Annual grants in amounts as large as $30,000 and as small as $5,000.

51% of business ownership must be people of color and business must have a City of Portland business incorporation.

Applicants should request amount needed to complete their intended project.

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Funded projects should generate a measurable return-on-investment and projects must be completed within 6-months from date funds are awarded.

Application open now through Oct 13. Funds awarded Jan 2019 unless you qualify for fast track.

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Grants are awarded via an application process. Businesses can apply for and receive a grant in multiple years.

Download application for complete instructions on applying.

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NuSchool

Personalized business accelerator for owners moving too fast to stop for a traditional boot camp.

NuSchool is targeted and personalized so business owners get fast, effective upskilling and knowledge.

51% of business ownership must be people of color and business must have a City of Portland business incorporation.

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Education, resources, training and specialty expertise with a specific lens for businesses of color.

Business owners have 12 months unlimited use of the on demand services to plan for the future and resolve immediate crises

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Businesses are matched with curriculum, training, and experts to tackle biggest opportunity or solve biggest challenge.

Applications to apply for NuSchool are open now. Businesses can apply for and be selected as a NuSchool business in multiple years.

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NuNetwork

A network of the cannabis industry’s most influential leaders

NuNetwork mentors are leaders in the cannabis industry – award-winning business owners, C-Suite professionals, and leading subject matter experts in their field.

Businesses are encouraged to connect with a mentor regularly during their program year.

The majority of our mentors are leaders of color, and all are committed to helping people of color overcome the barriers to entering the cannabis industry.

Business owners have the option to set up regular mentoring sessions or have a “mentor on call” for arising issues.

NuNetwork is an additional benefit to NuFuel and NuSchool program particpants. There is no need for a business to apply for NuNetwork.

NuProfessional

NuProfessional is an initiative to develop pathways for skilled business professionals to transition from traditional industry to the cannabis industry.

NuProfessionals must be people of color and live in Portland, OR.

NuProfessionals need not have any prior cannabis experience, but they must have some work experience.

NuProfessionals will be matched with two to three cannabis companies for special assignments that will develop resume experiences and industry knowledge.

Businesses interested in hosting a NuProfessional should contact us today.

NuProfessionals receive initial career coaching and “genius zone” assessment to create an individualized learning and placement path.

Applications to apply for NuProfessional will open in the Spring of 2019. Sign up for more information.

Our Partners

Our partners make this work possible. They share our mission to invest in communities most harmed by cannabis criminalization. Partners can fund a NuFuel business, host a NuProfessional or provide education as part of NuSchool. Please contact us for more information on how you can support this work.

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