As a new year – and decade – approaches, all of us at solo sciences wanted to reflect on how incredible 2019 was for our company. This has been a landmark year and every member of our team is extremely proud of our accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights.
2 MAJOR AWARDS
CNBC Upstart 100: Every year, CNBC selects 100 startups for its "Upstart 100," a list of the world's most promising startups. Competing companies come from a diverse group of global nominees representing nearly every sector of the economy like enterprise software, finance, insurance, health care, and retail. This year solo* was selected for this prestigious honor.
Stevie Awards: Presented by American Business Awards organization, the Stevie Awards serve as an indicator of the increasing numbers of women shaping the business world both as entrepreneurs and leaders. solo* co-founder and Head of Partnerships, Katie Flannery, was awarded the Silver Executive of the Year Award in the 2019 Stevie Awards for Female Business Services.
Akerna: In November, solo* announced an exclusive partnership Akerna Corp., a NASDAQ listed regulatory compliance technology company. By integrating the patented solo* tech platform with Akerna’s service offerings (MJ Platform and Leaf Data Systems) the companies will generate an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability to consumer-packaged goods. This relationship evolved further in December when Akerna announced a large investment into solo* that was presented on the NASDAQ's seven-story Times Square MarketSite.
14th Round: Leading cannabis packaging innovator 14th Round (the number one vaporizer and packaging supplier in North America) partnered with solo* in 2019. This collaboration brings the solo*CODE to 40% of vaporizers sold in California; the largest market in the word
Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce: solo sciences teamed up with the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (a trade organization representing a major cross-section of the global cannabis industry) to advocate for best practices for cannabis and cannabis-related businesses.
Utah Department of Health and Department of Agriculture: The Akerna partnership, in collaboration with MJ Platform® and Leaf Data Systems®, brought about a game-changing win. solo* will now be a key component in a closed-loop system used by all Utah cannabis licensees as the state’s primary tracking system at the retail, wholesale, cultivation and manufacturing levels.
Participating in conferences all over the US, Malta and Columbia (and meetings with California Governor Gavin Newsom's team, as well as former Mexican President Vicente Fox), solo* has been contributing on panels, delivering speeches, and meeting with leading cannabis advocacy organizations.
Founder and CEO Alex Shah was also invited to speak at multiple high-profile industry events, including the Association for Corporate Growth's annual conference, the Medical Cannabiz World 2019 Summit in Malta, and Pharma Logistics IQ's 18th Annual Cold Chain Global Forum.
solo* was noticed by top news outlets like Fast Company, Green Entrepreneur, and ZDNet. Forbes' Warren Bobrow, and Mike Adams interviewed CEO Alex Shah for articles in September and July respectively. Among many other mentions in important industry publications, the year ended with a December article from Cannabis Now Magazine examining how solo* is leading the way in cannabis anti-counterfeiting technology.
AN AMAZING SUPPORT NETWORK
We want to acknowledge how critical the support of our investors and partners has been. The cannabis sector has been developing at break-neck speeds and the faith expressed by experts in that industry, as well as the financial world, was monumental in our successes in 2019.
We also want to take a moment to thank our families and friends who have stood by us as we poured our hearts and souls into realizing this company’s goal of creating the world’s first cryptographically secure digital trust mark.
Our company and our team are looking forward to 2020, where solo sciences will continue to lead the industry in establishing technologies that ensure consumer safety and protect brand reputation.
Thank you again for all your support and happy new year!