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We bring together innovative brands to pitch and present to high-level investors looking for the next big thing. See below 2018’s participants and schedule.

Do you have what it takes to be crowned the LEAFWIRE PITCH SLAM champion?

Will you win the $10K prize?

The Leafwire Pitch Slam is the startup pitch competition at New West Summit that brings together the up-and-coming cannabis startups for a live on-stage quick-fire contest with $10,000 on the line.
  • The competition is open to early-stage companies that have received less than $500,000 in funding. We will select the top 10 companies that apply and fit this criteria.
  • Selected startups will have the opportunity to participate in free pitch coaching sessions provided prior to the event by Leafwire.
  • Each founder will be allotted 3 minutes to pitch their business on stage in front of our distinguished panel of judges, influential media, and other cannabis business operators.
  • The judges will provide feedback and score the companies live.
  • The winner of the competition will be awarded $10,000 from Leafwire and will be crowned the hottest up-and-coming cannabis startup to watch.
Applications reviewed and accepted or declined in the order received. Final applications are due by September 30th  or once the 10th company is chosen, whichever comes first.


Peter Vogel
CEO and Cofounder at Leafwire
Jeff Hassemer
COO and Cofounder at Leafwire


Brian Zisk
Venture Partner, Exponential Creativity Ventures, Co-Founder/Co-Producer, SF MusicTech Summit, Co-Founder/Co-Producer, Future of Money & Technology Summit


Emily Paxhia
Managing Director of Poseidon Asset Management
Tahira Rehmatullah
Managing Director of Hypur Ventures
David Meltzer
CEO and Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing
Giadha Aguirre de Carcer
CEO and Founder of New Frontier Data
Scott Williamson
CFO, Big Rock


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Applications reviewed and accepted or declined in the order received. Final applications are due by September 30th  or once the 10th company is chosen, whichever comes first.

Matthew Greene

New York, NY, USA
CEO & Founder, Edible Science, LLC

Matt Greene has spent his entire career in the marketing, advertising and AdTech industry. His fascination with technology began in 1987 while working with his client Steve Jobs in developing the launch strategies for NeXT Computers. Starting in 1998, Matt pioneered online advertising and supporting technologies for the digital ad agency he founded, Blue Ribbon Digital, where his team drove innovation across all aspects of digital media - from Search to Mobile and Video, his agency measurably generated over $2BB in revenues for their Fortune 100 clients. In this capacity, Matt has spoken at leading conferences such as AdTech, iMedia Summits and the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Starting in 2015, Matt re-focused his energies on the burgeoning cannabis industry knowing that the need for innovation in technologies to support the industry would be mandatory. With his his new company, Edible Sciences, he and his team on concentrating their energies in solving the #1 problem facing the edibles sector: Dosing Accuracy. He will be speaking at Binghampton University's TIER Talks in SEPT '17 on technology innovations occurring in the cannabis ancillary space.

Brett Finkelstein

Boca Raton, FL
Managing Director, Phyto Partners LP

Brett is an experienced executive, venture capital and private equity investor and advisor. He has partnered with, worked with and developed key relationships with numerous premier private equity, investment banks, and venture capital companies. As one of the founders of Phyto Partners LP, Brett’s fundamental ambition for the company’s stakeholders is to creatively apply his unique resources of extensive operating skills, certainty to close, access to capital, extensive network of resources and relentless pursuit of excellence to facilitate a more super-charged evolution for enterprises we fund, launch, and maintain activist roles in. For the powerhouse companies we invest in, advise, and or buy we will be providing more investment value and a comfort level for our financial capital partners, as well as our portfolio companies that join us. Phyto Partners LP was profiled in Forbes as one of the leaders in the cannabis industry. Phyto has invested in half of what CB insights profiled as the trailblazers of 2017.