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Patrick Rea

Managing Director


Patrick's background includes investment, entrepreneurship mentorship, M&A, strategic management consulting, venture finance & CEO coaching

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Patrick is the CEO of CanopyBoulder, a seed-stage, mentorship-driven business accelerator and investment fund focused on data, fin tech, software, and IoT in the cannabis industry.

With a diverse background that includes M&A, strategic management consulting, venture finance, B2B media, e-commerce, CEO coaching, and entrepreneur mentorship, Patrick brings a wealth of experiences to CanopyBoulder. 

He also sits on the selection committee for The ArcView Group, was the Executive Editor for ArcView’s State of the Legal Marijuana Market report, frequently runs panels at industry events, and has served as a judge for multiple Marijuana Business Conferece & Expo Pitch Slams.

Prior to CanopyBoulder, Patrick was Publisher and Editorial Director of Nutrition Business Journal and co-chair of The NBJ Summit, a retreat for 400 CEOs, investors, and thought-leaders in the nutrition industry.

Patrick began his career with Health Business Partners, a boutique investment bank and venture capital firm in the natural products industry.

He graduated with degrees from Brown University and resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two daughters.  In his (rare) free time, Patrick can be found mountain biking the backcountry of Colorado, snowboarding at his local mountain or traveling in search of warm-water surf.

9/14/2018 3:27:07 PM,
Patrick Rea replied:

The short answer is that it depends. However, our program is mentorship-based; that means that mentors are heavily involved in what we do and are committed to spending time with teams. We start the program with "speed-dating" to help teams find the right mentors for their business. Then teams and mentors agree on how much time they will spend together and this relationship is managed independently of CanopyBoulder.
As well, we have over 50 mentor presentations per cohort and, often, mentors hold office hours for the teams to meet with them. During these times, teams can talk and work directly with mentors.