An online job site for the cannabis industry called Mary’s List won $10,000 on Wednesday in the second annual Innovate@BU Cannabis Start-up Competition, just as legal recreational marijuana sales appear set to begin in Massachusetts.
“It’s really surreal to be here,” said Taylor Aldredge (COM’10), who cofounded Mary’s List with Denise Biderman. “When I was in college, we were talking about decriminalization as an issue. To now be winning a startup competition for a company that operates in the cannabis industry is awesome.”
They pitched Mary’s List (think Angie’s List, specifically for cannabis work) to the four judges as a “freelance services marketplace for the cannabis industry,” a job board bringing together businesses who need work done and freelancers with skills in anything from botany to marketing.
The contest was sponsored by the Denver-based cannabis business strategy firm Green Lion Partners, operated by Jeff Zucker (Questrom’10) and Mike Bologna (Questrom’10). “It’s