PHILADELPHIA, PA —John F. Possumato, attorney, seasoned start-up entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of DriveItAway has been chosen as the next Founder-in-Residence for the University City Science Center’s ‘OnRamp‘ accelerator.
The OnRamp program was created in 2021 by the University City Science Center to support first-time founders of tech or tech-enabled startups in the Philadelphia region’s startup ecosystem, many of whom were severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. It was found that economic conditions also disproportionately had impact on underrepresented entrepreneurs, and new founders.
OnRamp, which is hosted at the Science Center’s Venture Café Thursday Gatherings, includes eight weeks of workshops led by Subject Matter Experts who are engaged in the region’s start-up ecosystem on topics on foundational information for starting a successful business. In addition, OnRamp acts as a networking support hub for entrepreneurs “coaching through connections” with networks and resources. The Founder-in-Residence, as an experienced regional start-up entrepreneur, is chosen to mentor and coach participants, curates the workshop speakers, and, most importantly, shares his or her own journey and experience as a founder, as part of the curriculum.
“I am exhilarated and honored to be chosen as the next Founder-in-Residence for the upcoming OnRamp cohort and can’t wait to get started,” says John F. Possumato, “looking at the quality of the founders and start-ups that have gone through the program in 2021, and the outstanding entrepreneurs previously chosen as Founder-in-Residence for OnRamp, it is truly inspiring, and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Adds Possumato, “Working to help underrepresented founding entrepreneurs who have vision and drive is just good business for all, and I’m proud to be part of the Science Center’s OnRamp accelerator. As a lot of the instruction and interaction is virtual now, I encourage all of the great founders and entrepreneurs that I know to reach out to me and get involved while I’m on board, so that others can benefit from your knowledge and experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, while building this network.”
For more information about OnRamp or to apply, visit sciencecenter.org/…/onramp.
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