Ben Larson

General Partner, Backplane Capital

Ben Larson is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and startup adviser based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is General Partner at Backplane Capital and the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gateway, the premier startup accelerator and venture fund for the burgeoning cannabis industry. Ben is also a Director and Mentor for the Founder Institute, where he formerly managed global operations and helped grow Founder Institute into over 100 cities around the world. He's an active Board member for SG Scientific, a full-spectrum cannabis extraction lab; Grow-X, an AI controlled aeroponics company; and The Food Nest, an accelerator and venture fund for packaged foods and foodtech companies. Additionally, Ben contributes his time as an Advisor and Mentor to the non-profit Youth Business USA, coaching under-served entrepreneurs in Oakland, and is on the East Bay Board of Directors for Playworks, helping kids to stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.