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Helping aspiring innovators become first-time founders.

Funding the Hustle

About OnRamp

Have a startup idea but don’t know where to begin? Lead 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 10-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.

Sessions held in person and virtually 4:30 - 6 p.m. each Thursday at Venture Café Philadelphia.
Free and open to all.

Cohort Starting March 31, 2022


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Angela McQuillan

Program Manager & Experience Designer, Venture Café Philadelphia

Who is this program for?

FIFTH cohort
Meet our Founder-in-Residence

Jimmy White IV, Director of Engineering, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

Jimmy White IV is a South Philadelphia native and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who served in the US Navy as a nuclear electrician aboard the submarine USS Montpelier. He is a husband, father of 3 boys, minister, and currently serves as the Director of Engineering for Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at the Comcast Center. As a passionate, professional speaker, Jimmy presents to audiences on the topics of character, leadership and personal/professional growth through his company, Jimmy White Speaks LLC. With the creation of his second company, Inner City Sustainable Solutions LLC, he endeavors to promote environmental and financial sustainability in urban communities through green affordable housing construction. Jimmy is a national award winning youth/veteran advocate, a TEDx speaker, a Leadership Philadelphia alumnus, and a GW Bush Center Presidential scholar.

What you'll learn at OnRamp

Week 1


What is an Entrepreneur?

  • Identity-Value-Goals Alignment
  • Assignment: Mission Statement

Week 2

April 7

Are You a Subject Matter Expert?

  • “Fill the Gap”
  • Assignment: 5-word pitch

Week 3

April 14

Define Your Business Model

  • Model Canvas
  • Assignment: 1-minute pitch

Week 4


Become a Legal Business Entity

  • What Structure is Best for You?
  • Assignment: Blueprint to EIN

Week 5


Team Building with Culture First

  • Identify Your Team
  • Assignment: 3-minute pitch

Week 6


Financial Plan - Sales - Profitability

  • Financial Models that Work
  • Assignment: 3-minute pitch

Week 7

MAY 12

Fundraising and Bootstrapping

  • Pod “Shark” Tank
  • Assignment: Full Pitch Deck

Week 8

MAY 19

What is Your Blueprint to Success?

  • What are our Values?
  • Assignment: Peer-Reviewed Pitch Deck

Week 9


Pitch Competition

Community Partners

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