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OnRamp Pitch Competition

Stimulate Your StartUp

The Science Center’s OnRamp Pitch Competition allows active members of the OnRamp community the opportunity to present their business concepts, ideas, and vision to a panel of experts for the chance to win support for their venture and receive expert coaching, in-kind business support, and $9,000 in funding.

This competition will be hybrid and open to OnRamp enrolled community members ONLY and who have attended six (6) out of eight (8) workshops during this cohort series.

General Guidelines

Startups must be enrolled in the OnRamp cohort and have attended at least six (6) program workshops.

Proposed Pitches should be suitable for funding and explain how the $5,000.00 prize will enhance their business idea.

Proposed ideas should not violate any intellectual property rights as far as you are aware.

There are both monetary and "in-kind" prizes available for the top three winners.

Prizes

FIRST PLACE
The Startup winner will receive a prize award of $5,000.00 and free membership to the Philadelphia PACT and be matched with a mentor from the PACT’s Mentor-Connect program. Also includes free membership to ic@3401.

SECOND PLACE
Will receive a prize award of $2,500 and free membership to the Philadelphia PACT and be matched with a mentor from the PACT’s Mentor-Connect program. Also includes free membership to ic@3401.

THIRD PLACE
Will receive a prize award of $1,500 and free membership to the Philadelphia PACT and be matched with a mentor from the PACT’s Mentor-Connect program. Also includes free membership to ic@3401.

Competition Details

The Competition Consists of Two Steps

STEP ONE

  • Startups must complete the competition application, and prepare a 3-minute PITCH VIDEO for submission and email it to angela@venturecafephiladelphia by 11:59 p.m. on a date TBD
  • Your PITCH VIDEO must minimally communicate the following details:
    • Idea/Business Concept
    • Product/Service Viability
    • Market Opportunities and Competition
    • Management Qualification
    • IP (if any)
    • Benefit of this funding for your startup

We will select our top 10 applicants from STEP ONE. If you are selected, you will move on to STEP TWO to participate in the actual Pitch Competition, “Stimulate Your StartUp”, scheduled for JUNE 2, 2022 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

STEP TWO

  • Notifications of the selected Startups for “Stimulate Your StartUp” will be provided prior to event.
  • The Pitch Competition, “Stimulate Your StartUp”, will be hybrid to a panel of independent judges. All Startups must prepare and submit a Pitch Deck in a .pdf or powerpoint to qualify for “Stimulate Your StartUp”.

  • Each Startup that qualifies for the “Stimulate Your StartUp” competition is limited to five (5) minutes to make their Pitch and a five (5) minute Q&A by the judges for feedback.
  • Pitches will be judged according to the following:
    • Market Opportunity
    • Understanding Of Competitors
    • Product/Service Viability
    • Knowledge Of Intellectual Property Assets
    • Business Model Viability
    • Overall Attractiveness Of The Opportunity
    • Management Qualification

SUBMIT

The three (3) best Pitches, selected from Step Two, with the most promising business concepts, ideas, and/or vision will receive awards.

(see prize categories above)