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OnRamp: Black Futures Pitch Competition

February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

(Link will go live on 2/25/2021)

In line with the month's theme of 'Equitable Recovery', Venture Cafe is intentionally bridging the gap between essential resources and Black entrepreneurs who have been historically underfunded and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Eligible U.S.-based tech and/or tech-enabled startups must have at least one Black-identifying cofounder who will provide a 4-minute pitch in front of a live audience. Finalists will compete for a $10K non-dilutive grand prize and in-kind business resources, sponsored by Boomi with in-kind support provided by AWS, Brex, the Science Center’s ic@3401 incubator and Oracle for Startups.

About Boomi: Boomi, a Dell Technologies business, quickly and easily unites everything in your digital ecosystem so you can achieve better business outcomes, faster. Boomi’s intelligent, flexible, scalable platform accelerates your business results by linking your data, systems, applications, processes, and people. Harnessing the power of the cloud to unify everything inside and outside of a business, Boomi gives more than 10,000 organizations globally, the ability to future proof their application strategy.

About AWS: For almost 14 years, AWS has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 175 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 77 Availability Zones (AZs) within 24 geographic regions. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.

About Brex: Brex makes it easy to scale your business faster, giving you the time and freedom to dream big. Brex's newest product, Brex Cash acts as a combined checking and savings account and comes with the Brex 1 Card—a credit card with a 1-day payment cycle to access your funds with the security of a typical credit card. Rather than use pre-existing back-end software, Brex built the core ledger system behind its cash account from scratch, and partners with Radius Bank to access ACH and wire payment rails. There is no minimum bank balance requirement, or personal guarantee, so any and all companies are welcome to Brex Cash.

About ic@3401Opened in 2014 as a partnership between the Science Center and Drexel University, ic@3401 is Philadelphia’s largest community of funded, early-stage, startups. We are vetted community of experts, investors, and resources; designed to help ideas become thriving businesses. ic@3401 combines a traditional co-working model with resources, connections and customized mentorship, giving startups the ingredients to launch companies faster.

About Oracle for Startups: Oracle for Startups enables mutually beneficial business-building partnerships for startups, our customers, and Oracle. We are creating a virtuous cycle of innovation by blending startup ingenuity with enterprise resources to deliver transformative solutions to customers. Without taking equity, we offer access to a complete stack of Oracle Cloud solutions, supported by experienced cloud and industry mentors. A relationship that starts with free cloud has the potential to expand into a true partnership, where startups scale to reach a new audience of enterprise customers. We are reimagining corporate innovation through collaboration, and enabling the “rise of the rest.”



February 25
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
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