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Funding the Hustle

About OnRamp

Have a startup idea but don’t know where to begin? Hosted by a rotating Founder-in-Residence, OnRamp is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs and founders hoping to launch tech and tech-enabled startups.

This free cohort-based 8-week program is for aspiring entrepreneurs with an idea and the drive, but without previous startup experience. OnRamp is an open enrollment engagement for participants to apply on a cohort-basis.

The first cohort is launching soon!

May 6th - July 8th

Sessions run from 4:30 - 6 p.m. each Thursday at Venture Cafe Philadelphia
Free and open to all
Application deadline: April 30th

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Angela McQuillan

Program Manager & Experience Designer, Venture Café Philadelphia

Who is this program for?

Meet our Founder-in-Residence!

Thom Webster

Thom is an experienced business leader and entrepreneur in the creation and development of for-profit and non-profit organizations in both the private and public sectors. He has over thirty-five years of experience with assisting organizations as a senior advisor in the planning and development of business strategy; the launching and expansion of new divisions; and the financing and capitalization of programs. Thom currently serves as a Management Advisor to BASE Architecture, Planning, & Engineering, one of the most successful and experienced nationally owned and operated African-American Architectural and Engineering Firms; and to The Alpha Enterprise Group, ranked by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 100 largest African American owned businesses in America.

What you'll learn at OnRamp

Week 1

May 6

Problem Identification / Customer Discovery & Validation

Week 2

May 13

Building & Launching a Product / Your MVP

Week 3

May 20

Financial Models / Cost Structure

Week 4

May 27

Business Structure / Ownership Equity / Co-Founders / Legal

Week 5

June 3

Establishing Your Team / Culture

Week 6

June 10

Fundraising / Investors / Bootstrapping

Week 7

June 17

Branding / Marketing / Sales

Week 8

June 24

Pitching / Pitch Decks

Week 9

July 8

Pitch Competition

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