Web3 Roundup: IBC Places High Hopes for the Metaverse into Cannaland
IBC Heads to Cannaland
New York-based advisory and investment firm InterContinental Beverage Capital (IBC) announced last month that it has partnered with tech company Cannaverse Technologies to serve as a brand advisor for Cannaland, a metaverse project intended to act as a hub for the cannabis consumers and members of the industry.
According to Stephen Horgan, co-founder and EVP of IBC, the firm has purchased “digital real estate” within Cannaland and intends to open a virtual house of brands where consumers can discover new cannabis products and suppliers, and where cultivators, retailers and investors can make connections with companies.
Currently, the Cannaland concept includes virtual reality, but Horgan said the company expects this digital platform to be accessible via a variety of platforms. Barring a change in federal marijuana laws, consumers won’t be able to purchase cannabis directly through the platform, instead being directed toward opportunities for web3-styled promotions such as NFTs that can then unlock or be traded for special products or discounts at dispensaries, among other benefits. Cannaland will also have its own cryptocurrency, Cannaland Tokens (CNLT).
But IBC and Cannaverse hope that the platform will reflect the new community-minded approach to digital life that metaverse and web3 proponents advocate. Horgan said that beyond marketing and brand activations, consumers will be able to buy virtual real estate in Cannaland, professionals can network with one another, and events like digital concerts will be commonplace.
“The way we’ve kind of talked about it since the beginning is Cannaland is kind of the cannabis parallel to Las Vegas,” Horgan told BevNET. “So even though Las Vegas is centered around gambling, for anybody that has been there, there’s regular retail there, there are brands, the whole thing is not about gambling. And so we see it the same way in Cannaland, where brands that want to expose themselves to the cannabis enthusiasts that will enter this reality, they will also [be able to] interact with retailers… So we want to create that reality.”
While web3 is a new frontier for IBC, Cannaland represents the latest expansion of the firm’s interest in the cannabis beverage and CPG sector. Since 2017, Horgan said cannabis has come to comprise about a third of IBC’s total business and it has worked with brands such as ebbu Hemp and non-alc beer maker CERIA to develop and launch THC-infused products.
“Our primary business is still in developing early stage beverage companies, because that’s our expertise,” he said. “But we’re branching out because we think the metaverse offers opportunities to the clients that we serve in our core businesses. So that’s why we’re developing it. We decided that it would expand the markets that they can access and it might compress the timeline [to market] and so forth.”
About InterContinental Beverage Capital, Inc.
IBC is a New York-based advisory and investment firm focused on the beverage and consumer packaged goods industries. IBC has a worldwide network of strategic industry contacts, lending institutions, consultants, recruiters, and management teams. These sources provide expertise, industry capabilities, access to new customers, and valuable investment and commercial banking capabilities to partnership companies. IBC is actively seeking investments in its targeted verticals in companies, which have unique products and dedicated management that exhibit the ability to develop into category leaders.
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InterContinental Beverage Capital, Investor Relations, 212-634-7277, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Cannaverse Technologies
Cannaverse Technologies, the creator of Cannaland™, the world’s first cannabis Metaverse and pioneer in cannabis product marketing, manufacturing, and merchandising with an innovative blockchain payment system, is empowering cultivators, growers, testing labs, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, medical dispensaries, and consumption lounges with the ability to scale and monetize their brands while directly addressing the existing gaps in the cannabis industry. Cannaverse’s meta marketplace on the blockchain revolutionizes the global cannabis industry by connecting every facet of the cannabis and hemp communities in a Metaverse environment. Cannalearn™ promotes knowledgeable and responsible cannabis usage as well as a platform for research and development.
For more information, visit www.cannaversetech.io.
Mark Bonner, CEO email@example.com
SOURCE Cannaverse Technologies