Grupo Flor's Co-founders added to the Upstart 50 List of Bay Area Top Business Creators

The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal will honor Grupo Flor’s Co-founders, Mike Bitar and Gavin Kogan as part of the Bay Area’s Upstart 50, which celebrates innovative, disruptive and creative business professionals. The Upstart 50 Event will be held the evening of Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.

Cannabis visionaries, Bitar and Kogan are in good company as the Upstart 50 honorees are comprised of the Bay Area’s top inventors, creatives, backers, and masters – all of whom are driving the creation of the worlds new innovation capital.

Mike Bitar is paving the way for this emerging industry by helping entrepreneurs lease over 2,600,000 square feet of properties in cannabis permitted zones throughout Monterey County. Bitar leverages his extensive experience managing and owning real estate companies, to create Grupo Flor Leasing, a subsidiary company of Grupo Flor that provides cannabis tenants and partners access to extensive political, regulatory, legal, financial and commercial agriculture resources.

“It truly is a great honor to be selected as part of this prestigious group of accomplished innovators,” said Mike Bitar. “I feel fortunate to have this unprecedented market opportunity to shape the landscape of commercial cannabis real estate and work closely with policy makers to help guide the industry forward.”

Gavin Kogan, commercial cannabis attorney, and founding member of California Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA) pioneered the concept of the canna-business ecosystem that connects entrepreneurs to the entire supply chain. Kogan also recognized that industry lacked access to capital and investors lacked a clear path to invest. Hence, the Ag Pistil Fund is born, a subsidiary of Grupo Flor.

“I am exceedingly honored to be included in this cohort of the Upstart 50 business professionals,” said Gavin Kogan. “I’ve been long attracted to solving problems arising from seismic culture shifts. Cannabis presents a virtual bounty of such opportunities. Grupo Flor is designed to stabilize an entirely incoherent, fractured and regionalized California cannabis supply chain.”

The Grupo Flor family of cannabis companies is shaping the future of the market, by inviting visionary entrepreneurs to participate in all aspects of the cannabis industry.  They have developed a vast ecosystem of private equity, real estate leasing, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, equipment financing and retail operations, providing necessary resources throughout California’s regulated market.  Grupo Flor has emerged as leaders in the local cannabis industry.

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