ICBC founder Alex Rogers introduces the new series of Global Investment Forums for 2021.

At the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC), the ICBC Global Investment Forum will take place in Austin, Texas from May 6th to 7th, 2021. The Austin event is the first in a series of three personal Global Investment Forums for 2021, followed by events in Berlin and Zurich. The ICBC Global Investment Forum series shows and facilitates alliances, partnerships and joint ventures with a milieu of investors, start-up managers, service providers and entrepreneurs within the global cannabis landscape.

The Global Investment Forum is Texas’ first cannabis investment event of its kind and is limited to 250 participants. Drawing on the top speakers and thought leaders in the cannabis and finance industries, the event will then lead into the company’s event portion, giving companies a full insight into ICBC’s extensive network of investors. This section opens with an initial brief interview with company representatives on the main stage, followed by a two-hour session of face-to-face conversations that leads to a standing lunch. The parking spaces are followed by a speed table networking and an open bar.

Jessica Billingsley, who serves as the chief executive officer of Akerna cannabis technology consumer, will deliver the keynote address at the Global Investment Forum. In June 2019, Billingsley became the first CEO of a cannabis subsidiary to be listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. In 2010 she co-founded MJ Freeway, where she served as President and CEO until April 2018, when MJ Freeway was acquired by MTech to found Akerna. In 2015 she was named one of Fortune’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs. In 2018 she was named one of the 100 founders of Inc. Magazine. and in 2019 she was placed on the first list of 100 powerful women of the entrepreneur.

Other notable speakers include:

  • Four-time NBA champion John Salley
  • Codie Sanchez, Managing Director and Partner at Entourage Effect Capita
  • Matt Nordgren, CEO and founder of the ARCADIAN Fund and ARCADIAN Capital Management
  • Nic Easley, CEO of Multiverse Capital
  • Jamie Pearson, CEO of Bhang

Time schedule:

  • May 6: VIP reception from 7pm to 9pm
  • May 7: ICBC Global Investment Forum
  • May 7th: Afterparty with DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill, sponsored by Bhang

The Global Investment Forum will take place in the impressive Lakeway Resort & Spa Conference Center in Austin, Texas. Lakeway Resort and Spa offers lakeside rooms, luxury spa services, marina access to Lake Travis and endless on-site activities. This makes it the perfect place for attendees who can work hard all day and relax outside of event hours.

The legal cannabis industry in Texas is still in its infancy, but the profit potential of the cannabis industry in Texas and beyond is astronomical. According to a recent estimate, Texas would generate over $ 2.7 billion in cannabis sales annually if adult use and sale of cannabis were legalized in the state. The industry would create over 40,000 jobs; and with nearly two-thirds of Texans supporting legalization, reform is likely to come sooner rather than later.

The International Cannabis Business Conference events are the premier cannabis events for entrepreneurs around the world, with events in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany. The world meets cannabis at the International Cannabis Business Conference. For more information on the conference series, please visit

Alex Rogers
International cannabis business conference

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