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Social Equity Venture’s Brand Success Program Is Announced by the Parent Company

Social Equity Venture's Brand Success Program Is Announced by the Parent Company

TPCO Holding Corp. (“The Parent Company” or “the Company”) (NEO: GRAM.U) (OTCQX: GRAMF), a leading consumer-focused California cannabis company, today announced four participants in the Company’s Social Equity Ventures (“SEV”) Brand Success Program. Through the SEV Brand Success Program, The Parent Company aims to empower social equity brands with the knowledge and opportunity to scale their business, increase brand awareness, build customer loyalty, expand their retail presence and boost sales.

The Brand Success Program is a 12-week program implemented to provide minority-owned brands with guaranteed shelf space and individualized mentorship from the Company’s sales, marketing, retail, and operational teams. Brands will learn best practices, operational procedures, and tips that can be applied to any retail outlet nationwide.

“We’re extremely proud to launch the SEV Brand Success Program and partner with these four initial brands,” said Troy Datcher, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of The Parent Company. “The SEV team will support BSP participants from the moment they are accepted, and we are committed to providing mentorship that aids each brand in creating a solid, sustainable and scalable business.”

The first round of entrants to the SEV Brand Success Program include:

  • CRONJA: CRONJA is a Los Angeles-based, black- and veteran-owned cannabis lifestyle company and social equity brand known for its connoisseur-focused strain selection and hand-crafted cannabis accessories. With roots in the Midwest, the lifestyle brand specializes in crafting premium leather rolling trays and cases designed and handmade in Chicago, Illinois. CRONJA offers exceptional-quality packaged indoor flower, premium packaging, fair pricing, and outstanding retail support. CRONJA launched in select The Parent Company’s stores on January 19th.
    “The Parent Company’s mission is to amplify and support minority brands, and we’re proud to be selected as part of the Brand Success Program,” said CRONJA’s CEO, Bryant Bowens. “We’ve seen positive results from the partnership in the retail market and look forward to collaborating further.”
  • Substance & Skewville: Plaid America is the Venice, CA-based team behind the art-centric Substance and Skewville brands, which are best known for their tiny 12 packs of premium pre-rolls that each have a unique donation model designed to propel racial equity.
    For each pack of Substance sold, $8.46 is donated to help end mass incarceration. An important number in American history, $8.46 pays homage to the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd’s life.

Skewville’s $2 per pack donation supports prison art programs, which are known to reduce recidivism.

Substance and Skewville will launch products at select stores on January 30th.

“Plaid is extremely grateful to partner with The Parent Company as part of the Brand Success Program,” said Plaid’s CEO & Co-Creator, Sharoz Makarechi . “We’re excited for this opportunity to increase brand awareness of Substance and Skewville and point to initiatives combating the damage done to communities by the false War on Drugs.”

  • Peakz: Founded in 2018 after winning a distribution license via Oakland’s Social Equity Program, The Peakz Company aims to bring culture to the legal cannabis industry. The company’s products feature top-shelf luxury flower while providing an authentic connection to cannabis culture. Peakz is known for its curated strains; unique in-house designs; and high-level partnerships and creative collaborations with premium retailers, cultivators and other brands in the space. Peakz is scheduled to re-launch on February 3rd at select stores.
    “We are honored to work with The Parent Company and utilize their wide network to continue to grow our business,” said Peakz’s CEO, Jessie Grundy. “Knowledgeable support and education programs from leading operators are extremely helpful and a big need for emerging brands to break through in the legal marketplace.”
  • Disco Jays by MAKR House: MAKR House was founded in Oakland, CA, by Amber Senter, a medical cannabis patient who utilized the plant to cope with symptoms of a health condition. Amber is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Supernova Women, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides spaces and resources to people of color in the cannabis industry. A house of brands creating accessible, high-quality cannabis products, MAKR House, works to build inclusive supply chains. MAKR House will launch products in early February at select stores.
    “I’d like to thank the Parent Company for selecting a diverse and unique group of Black operators and making shelf space available to them,” said Amber Senter, Founder & CEO of MAKR House. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with an operator committed to mission-driven initiatives that go beyond performative measures.”

The Parent Company is committed to supporting BSP participants by utilizing the Company’s consumer database, team of marketing experts, and robust social media presence to promote each participating brand. BSP participants will receive support through blog posts, SMS ads, website banners, photography, video, content development, and more.

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