NuLeaf 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. NLP’s programs are designed to increase success outcomes for people of color in the cannabis industry either as business owners or professionals.

NuLeaf 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. NLP provides funding for cannabis businesses, skill-building and mentoring for entrepreneurs and professionals, national and state equity policy development and advocacy.


NuNetwork mentors are leaders in the cannabis industry –
award-winning business owners, C-suite executives, and leading subject matter experts. Our diverse group of mentors are committed to helping people of color overcome equity hurdles.

NuNetwork is an additional benefit to NuFuel and NuSchool program particpants. While we do some mentor match-making, we encourage mentees to establish relationships with mentors so when the need arises you may set up regular mentoring sessions within your mentor(s) schedule. 

Unsure how to engage as a mentor? Mentors can contribute by helping entrepreneurs problem-solve short-term issues and engage in strategic long-term business planning. Mentors can also help entrepreneurs by sharing the power of their contacts to make connections and introductions.

Interested in becoming a mentor? We always welcome interested candidates to sign up for more information.


NuSchool is targeted and personalized so business owners get fast, effective up-skilling and knowledge.

51% of business ownership must be people of color and business must have a City of Portland business incorporation or sell to clients in the City of Portland.

NuSchool provides education, resources, training and specialty expertise with a specific lens for businesses of color. Business owners in the NuSchool 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 NuSchool business below.


During our work with startups we realize that entrepreneurship is not everyone’s path and that is okay because it ultimately still takes a team to get the job done.

The NuProfessional is a job board and community for professionals of color who are interested in joining the cannabis industry. NuProfessional aims to increase diversity among professional roles in fast growing cannabis companies. 

Leaders in cannabis companies tell us diversity is a priority and they want access to more diverse talent. Professionals of color want to be connected to good companies and have the right information to make smart career decisions. 

If you are a professional interested in a career leap to the cannabis industry, join the NuProfessional job board.

If you are an employer committed to increasing the diversity of your team at all levels, join Nuprofessional the Jobs Page to learn more about becoming an annual member to post jobs 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: 

– 0% interest loans, which are available for businesses 365

– Annual grant cycle opens once a year

– Relief grants no longer available (round 2 closed)

funded to BIPOC entrepreneurs


ROUND 2: COVID-19 Relief Grants are available up to $15,000.

Round 2 COVID-19 Relief Grants have closed. Portland-area cannabis businesses, majority BIPOC-owned, received $170,000 in relief funds. If you missed this round, click below to get updates on funding rounds. 

Annual grants are available up to $80,000. Grants are awarded via an application cycle that opens spring 2021. Application will be available online. Sign up to be notified.

AVAILABLE 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 within 21 days. Available to Oregon based businesses.