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The Hemp Tank: Business Finalists Announced for First “Shark Tank” Style Pitch Slam Event at NoCo Hemp Expo


The Hemp Tank: Business Finalists Announced for First “Shark Tank” Style Pitch Slam Event at NoCo Hemp Expo

Six companies, including makers of hemp food and beverage products, bioplastics, building materials, feminine hygiene products and more, have been selected as finalists in the NoCo Hemp Pitch, a first-ever “Shark Tank” style investor pitch competition at the 8th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Denver, March 23-25, 2022.

What: The NoCo Hemp Pitch, Sponsored by Michael Best
When: Pitch event held Thursday, March 24, 3:30-5:00pm, at the Let’s Talk Hemp Investment Summit, as part of the 8th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, 6700 N Gaylord Rockies Blvd, Aurora, CO 80019

DENVER, CO (March 15, 2022) – Now in its 8th year, the NoCo Hemp Expo is making a triumphant return to the metro Denver area with the world’s most comprehensive industrial hemp conference and trade show. Held March 23-25, 2022, at the state-of-the-art Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, the event will feature an investor summit, farm symposium, educational stages, a full exhibit hall – and, a brand new entrepreneur pitch slam competition, the NoCo Hemp Pitch

Located just minutes from the Denver International Airport and metro Denver, this year’s NoCo Hemp Expo at the Gaylord Resort will feature the first-ever NoCo Hemp Pitch, an exciting new pitch slam competition targeted to investors and entrepreneurs in industrial hemp. The NoCo Hemp Pitch, sponsored by Michael Best, a leading law firm serving the hemp and cannabis markets, will take place on Thursday, March 24, 3:30 – 5:00 pm MDT, as part of the Let’s Talk Hemp Investor Summit at the Gaylord Resort.

Six NoCo Hemp Pitch Finalists Selected
Featuring innovators in farm technology, hemp food and beverages, hemp bioplastics, tampons and other feminine care products made from regenerative hemp, and other emerging hemp businesses ready to take it to the next level, the NoCo Hemp Pitch will feature the following six finalists. The finalists will pitch in front of a live audience and be judged by start-up consultants, attorneys, and investors. The winning company will receive initial legal services valued at $2,000 and other prizes.

Canifiber Industries
Based in Vancouver, BC, Canifiber Industries provides equipment for farmers to make a real-world living harvesting hemp. With the average farmer making $500-$800 per acre, the company says its affordable technology and equipment will allow farmers to make upwards of $5,000 from that same acre of hemp.

Dama BioPlastics
Based in Aurora, CO, Dama BioPlastics is set to produce the world’s first sustainable hemp bioplastics, derived from 100% hemp waste biomass and designed for injection molding applications. The company says its sustainable bioplastic is backyard/hoe compostable and 100% derived from waste hemp biomass, helping to create a circular economy.

Famous Juice Company
Famous Juice Company creates raw cannabis hemp juices, smoothies, bowls and plant-based snacks out of its Hempcrete storefront in San Antonio, TX. The company strategically places its Hempcrete juice bars in locations where access to healthy foods and beverages is low or nonexistent, helping to solve the problem of health food deserts in Texas. Famous Juice Company also says it is the first juice bar in Texas to utilize raw hemp leaves as a food ingredient.

Harris Consulting
Based in Atlanta, GA, Harris & Associates is a for-profit community partner that works directly with agribusinesses to assess their needs. Hemp is a direct solution to failing communities if properly positioned with existing actions. In the south, some community leaders still do not know what hemp is; yet policy and business licensing actions continue to be implemented. Harris & Associates is innovative through its unique communication strategies, including utilizing harm reduction techniques to connect with community members for honest and transparent interaction and data collection.

Oso Verde Development
Oso Verde Development is a Denver, CO-based company focused on the full utilization of raw materials for the production of climate-smart products, powered by carbon conscious supply chains. The company processes, refines and manufactures sustainable building materials from hemp. As a double waste diverting supply chain, Oso Verde Development upcycles materials into sustainable building materials which would otherwise be heading to the landfill.

Trace Femcare
Trace Femcare produces the first regeneratively grown hemp and cotton menstrual care products containing a blend of hemp and regeneratively grown “climate beneficial” cotton. Owned by healthcare practitioners, the company’s products use only natural fibers with zero plastic, and are fully biodegradable. Trace Femcare also says its supply chain is traceable in order to ensure fair wages and the inclusion of BIPOC and indigenous farmers.

“We are excited to present the NoCo Hemp Pitch, a brand new event at NoCo8 that will showcase emerging companies and link them with the investment community. We continue to evolve and add value to the longest-running and most comprehensive hemp trade show in the U.S.,” said Morris Beegle, founder of WAFBA (We Are for Better Alternatives) and organizer of the NoCo Hemp Expo and Southern Hemp Expo. “Along with more than 150 speakers, educational events and exhibitors, we are bringing the industry together at this important, ‘can’t miss’ event,” he added. 

“Hemp companies are innovating every day and ready to break into new opportunities in consumer packaged goods, industrial materials and food and medical ingredients all through the international marketplace,” said Cameron Field, cannabis legal expert and senior counsel for Michael Best. “Now is the time to reach the next level,” he added.

Two Full Days of Hemp Business and Innovation
The NoCo Hemp Expo two-day trade show and conference will feature programming on infrastructure, investment, health & wellness, organic & regenerative agriculture, carbon & climate and diversity & inclusion in hemp. Events include the NoCo Business Conference and Investment Summit and B2B trade show on Thursday, March 24, and the Farm Symposium and Ag Tech Forum on Friday, March 25, with the trade show open to the public. 

NoCo8 will also sponsor multiple networking events including a welcome networking mixer on Wednesday, March 23, the first annual WAFBA Awards of Excellence Dinner on March 24, and a 10th Anniversary After Party celebration on March 25 for event organizer, Colorado Hemp Company. 

To learn more and to register, visit

About Colorado Hemp Company and WAFBA
The Colorado Hemp Company, producer of the 8th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo (NoCo8) and the Southern Hemp Expo (SHE4), is a leading organization for the advancement and advocacy of hemp farming, processing, production, innovation, education, and legalization in the USA. We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA) is committed to researching and developing alternatives so that hemp can once again thrive and help individuals and communities throughout America and around the globe.

About Michael Best
Michael Best is a full-service law firm with more than 350 lawyers and technical professionals who work in collaborative interdisciplinary practices to serve clients around the world. Attorneys from the Michael Best cannabis practice include Cameron Field, David DiGiacomo and Shawn Stigler.

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