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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.

Our third cohort is set to launch October 14th!

Now accepting applications through October 14th.


Sessions scheduled from 4:30 - 6 p.m. each Thursday at Venture Café Philadelphia.
Free and open to all.

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Angela McQuillan

Program Manager & Experience Designer, Venture Café Philadelphia

Who is this program for?

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Meet our Founder-in-Residence

Jessie Garcia, Founder of Tozuda, LLC

Jessie Garcia is the founder and CEO of Tozuda, a manufacturing company focused on simplifying head safety in sports and industrial applications. She is a patented inventor and her core mechanical acceleration technology was developed to create the Tozuda head impact indicator for concussion awareness. In 2020, Jessie received the national US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and was recognized as one of Philadelphia's 2020 Al Dia News 40 under 40 people to watch. Tozuda and its flagship product have also been recognized nationally, winning the 2019 ProtoLabs Cool Idea Award and the 2019 Product of the Year award for Philadelphia’s Rad Awards. Jessie is a proud Lehigh University alumni with a BA in Global Studies and Entrepreneurship and a Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship. She is a fellow in Stanford’s Latino Entrepreneurship Leaders Initiative and was a member of the first University Science Center's Launch Lane Accelerator cohort.

What you'll learn at OnRamp

Week 1

October 14

Problem Identification / Customer Discovery & Validation

Week 2

October 21

Building & Launching a Product / Your MVP

Week 3

October 28

Establishing Your Team / Culture

Week 4

November 4

Business Structure / Ownership Equity / Co-Founders / Legal

Week 5

November 11

Branding / Marketing / Sales

Week 6

November 18

Fundraising / Investors / Bootstrapping

Week 7


Financial Models / Cost Structure

Week 8


Pitching / Pitch Decks

Week 9


Pitch Competition

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