Sara Batterby is the Founder of EqCo (The Equity Capital Collective) and Co-Founder of Nightingale Botanicals, which cultivates hemp for seed and supports farmers in the successful growth and sale of this resurgent commodity. With a background in real estate, finance, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, Sara entered the cannabis industry in 2015 by founding Hifi Farms, an Oregon cannabis cultivation company, building it into one of Oregon's best known cannabis brands. Sara also founded the Portland Chapter of Women Grow for diversity in cannabis and mentored women in successfully funding and expanding their own ventures. As CEO of Hifi, Sara recognized the critical need to ensure diversity in cannabis by codifying fundraising as a skill set for founders historically excluded from access to capital. This initiative evolved into EqCo which delivers fundraising insight, education, and coaching to primarily women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA communities.
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