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A place for industrial hemp entrepreneurs and innovators to connect, share ideas, and grow.

YOU set the agenda. Collaborate with industry leaders and fellow entrepreneurs to solve your toughest business challenges
as hemp establishes its vital role in the circular economy.

Interactively learn with industry leaders


Tackle business challenges with others just like you


Get inspired to take your  

business to the next level

All hemp entrepreneurs and enthusiasts should have a place to connect, share ideas, and grow

Does this scenario sound familiar?


Searching for answers on the web is time-consuming and has you running in circles.

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In-person conferences are great but infrequent, leaving you isolated the rest of the year.


Webinars can be unengaging, and don't always address your specific issues.

We have a solution: Hemp OpenSpace
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We're offering a better way to connect with people who share your passion for hemp

We are OpenSpace Gatherings™, the team behind Hemp OpenSpace. We are committed to making the world a better place by supporting industries that nurture our communities and our planet. We understand the challenges you face in finding a vibrant, real-time community of hemp entrepreneurs who share the same level of passion and investment in hemp as you do. We are experts in building thriving communities where people connect, learn, share, and grow.

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Our team has collectively hosted over 200 community-building OpenSpace events online
People rate us highly:
4.7 out of 5 stars
Participants from 47 countries around the world have benefited from our events

Network with these industry leaders
at the May 4, 2022 Hemp OpenSpace

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Jody McGinness started as just the fourth Executive Director in HIA’s nearly 30-year history during the
first wave of the pandemic in mid-2020. The...

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Based in EIHA’s Brussels office, Lorenza is a veteran policy advisor and
communication manager at the European level. She has led EIHA’s...

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Hunter utilizes her experience working with regulators, policy makers, businesses, farmers and livestock producers to implement strategies...



Eric Steenstra is a hemp industry pioneer, co-founding hemp clothing and lifestyle brand Ecolution with Steve DeAngelo in 1992...

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Serving an international clientele, Beau is considered one of the leading cannabis economists in the U.S. and
globally. His applications of economic principles to...





Zev serves as Chief Operating Officer of Abraham Paiss & Associates, Inc. where he provides consultation support to hemp...

Some past Industry Leaders:

  • Doug Fine, Best-selling author and filmmaker

  • Jamie Campbell Petty, Executive Director of Midwest Hemp Council

  • Patrick Goggin, Co-founder and Chief Counsel of California Hemp Council

  • Sergiy Kovalenkov, CEO of Hempire

  • Frederick Cawthon, Board member of U.S. Hemp Roundtable and President of Verge Agritech

  • Hana Gabrielová, Founder/ Executive of Hempoint

  • Christian Gray, Partner at Atlas Consulting

  • Mike Lewis, President of the Hemp Industries Association

  • Franny Tacy, CEO of Franny's Farmacy

What makes Hemp OpenSpace so SPECIAL?


Steve Jobs once said, "Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they're doing, you say 'Wow,' and soon you're cooking up all sorts of ideas." He attributed that creativity to serendipity.


At Hemp OpenSpace, your event facilitation experts create chance encounters throughout the event that foster serendipity. This ensures that everyone leaves with new connections, new ideas, and renewed energy for action. 

Gain actionable insights from industry leaders and peers
Build your network with valuable connections
Collaborate with others to solve your toughest challenges

Because you set the agenda, you 

discuss what matters to you

Hemp enthusiasts love Hemp OpenSpace!


value the networking opportunities*


would recommend Hemp OpenSpace to a colleague*


rate Hemp OpenSpace as well organized*
*post-event survey respondents who responded Excellent, Very Good and Good, or 7-10 on a 10 point scale.
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"It was a phenomenal event!"

Franny Tacy, CEO of Franny's Farmacy

A special thanks to our media partner

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It's time to make a plan for success

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  1. Register for the next Hemp OpenSpace
Attend the event and   help set the agenda
Leave better equipped to grow your business

How does Hemp OpenSpace work?

Wondering how Hemp OpenSpace events work?
Let's walk through the process, step by step.

1) Register for the next Hemp OpenSpace


We'll send you an email message that you can click to add to your online calendar. That message will include all the information you'll need to join the event from your computer: 

  • Date and Time 

  • Link to log in

  • Pre-event instructions, including technical tips to ensure everything runs smoothly

2) Log on at the appointed time

After a brief wait, you'll be invited to click to enter the event. The event hosts will welcome all the participants, introduce themselves, tell you what to expect, and go over the community agreements we'll all follow to ensure everyone enjoys the event.

3) Participate in an opening activity


Hosts will facilitate an interactive icebreaker to limber up your mind, prime you for collaboration, and practice using the tools you'll need to navigate the day's event.

4) Meet the Experts

A handful of experts will each make a brief pitch for a short interactive conversation focused on their area of expertise. You'll choose which expert/topic you want to pursue, and click to enter their session. You can move between sessions at your leisure. You'll see a countdown as the sessions are closing, and will be transported back to the main room automatically.

5) Regroup / React / Rejuvenate

Back in the main room, participants will be invited to share feedback and insights from the sessions they attended. We'll all take a short break, then gather for another brief group activity to limber up for the participant-generated breakout sessions. 

6) Generate Topics

Hosts will facilitate a brainstorming session that invites participants to suggest  questions or challenges they'd like to address and/or offer advice on lessons they've learned through experience. We’ll create a breakout room for each topic, and explain how to move from one room to another.

7) Choose Your Own Adventure

You decide where to start, how to engage, when to leave, and where to go next. If at any time you find yourself in a room where you are not learning or contributing, go somewhere else. If you need technical assistance, a quiet room, or some private space for an impromptu conversation, you'll find places to do that. As the breakout sessions are coming to an end, you'll see a countdown before being transported back to the main room.

8) Give Reviews / Say Good-bye


We'll gather once again as a large group for a quick debrief. You'll be asked to review the event by participating in a painless poll to solicit your honest feedback. We'll compile contact information to distribute among those who wish to share it, and we'll all say good-bye. Your feedback will be used to improve future events, which you'll be invited to join.

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Who makes Hemp OpenSpace events work?

Eric Steenstra

Eric Steenstra is a hemp industry pioneer, co-founding hemp clothing and lifestyle brand Ecolution with Steve DeAngelo in 1992. Eric was a founding member of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and served as Executive Director from 2008 to 2016. Eric now serves as the president of Vote Hemp, the political advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2000 and Vice President of the California Hemp Council. 

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Reggie Harris

Reggie has held key leadership positions at prominent Silicon Valley companies including Google and Dropbox. He is on the faculty of the esteemed Leela Improv Theatre and Training Center where he specializes in helping people collaborate creatively and effectively. Reggie holds a degree in Computer Science along with a focus on East Asian Languages and Culture from Harvard University.

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Mallory Penney

Mallory has produced live virtual events for organizations spanning various industries including Genentech, New York Life, California State University, and Kaiser Permanente. Her experience as a stage manager ensures every production runs smoothly every time. She sees play as essential to optimal organizational effectiveness.  Mallory holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies.

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