Welcome 

Welcome to ONRamp @ U of T Entrepreneurship! Located at the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus, ONRamp is a 4,500-square-foot collaboration and coworking space for the U of T entrepreneurship community.  

ONRamp connects innovative students, their startups and U of T Accelerators across U of T’s tri-campus and helps accelerate venture creation, learning and impact through access to facilities, events, and the business community in downtown Toronto and beyond. Connect with our community via our Twitter (@UofTStartup), LinkedIn (University of Toronto Entrepreneurship), website, and subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the loop on all things entrepreneurship at U of T. We also have a Slack channel for you to communicate in real-time with other ONRamp members! 

ONRamp is a safe and inclusive community where all are welcome. Learn more about our values and expectations of all community members in our Code of Conduct. Take your time reading through these membership guidelines and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are excited to support you on your entrepreneurial journey! 

Our Team 

The University of Entrepreneurship team is available Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Staff Member  Role  Email  Phone  
Jon French Director jon.french@utoronto.ca  
Tope Adepoyigi Receptionist and Administrative Assistant tope.adepoyigi@utoronto.ca 416-946-0582 
Amanda Arantes  Entrepreneurship Facilities Coordinator  amanda.arantes@utoronto.ca  416-971-2378  
Kathleen (Kay) Martinez  Program & Business Services Coordinator  kay.martinez@utoronto.ca  416-946-7246  
Efosa Obano Program Manager, Black Founders Network efosa.obano@utoronto.ca 416-978-7335 
Faizah BalogunProgram Coordinator, Black Founders Network  faizah.balogun@utoronto.ca
Bonnie Ho Program & Events Coordinator bonniepy.ho@utoronto.ca 416-978-3984 
Tasnim DicoMarketing and Communications Assistanttasnim.dico@mail.utoronto.ca

Other Important Contacts 

If you require immediate assistance, feel free to contact the departments below. 

ServiceRelated issues Phone 
Toronto Police Emergencies 911 
Campus Police Call to report: 
• Suspicious persons 
• An assault or immediate danger of assault including persons fighting 
• Sexual assault (Toronto Police is also an option) 
• Trespassers 
• Excessive noise from a loud party 
• Minor motor vehicle collisions and disabled vehicles 
• Theft in progress 
• Suspicious activity or package disputes 
416-978-2222 
Security Desk  Call if locked out or need assistance after hours.  647-402-4645 
Black&McDonald Facility Management  Please let the ONRamp reception desk on the 7th floor know of any issues. Should there be a facilities issue (power outage, locked out, etc.) and there is no receptionist, please call the facility management team for assistance.  1-844-764-6180 

Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus 

ONRamp is located in the west tower of Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus, a striking, glass-clad complex that anchors U of T’s unique cluster of world-leading artificial intelligence scientists and startups and serves as the HQ for the Vector Institute of Artificial Intelligence. The east tower will have a strong emphasis on life and health sciences with wet lab, classroom and office space for startup and scaling companies.  

The Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus will eventually spread across 750,000 square feet in the heart of Toronto where the academic, hospital, government and business communities intersect. It was made possible through a generous gift from Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman. 

The Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus is open to the public Monday – Friday from 6 am – 6 pm. ONRamp members will have 24/7 access to the building via a key fob. 

ONRamp Member Benefits

ONRamp is accessible 24/7 to ONRamp Members and requires key fob access to enter. ONRamp Members can book shared meeting rooms and phone booths located across four floors of the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus via the EMS Booking Room System.  

Please note that the meeting rooms in Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus are currently not available.   

Perks

  • 24/7 key fob access  
  • Access to height-adjustable hot desks equipped with monitors and docking stations  
  • Access to 15 tech-enabled meeting rooms and a phone booth via virtual booking system (may involve additional cost) 
  • Access to lockers (rental fees apply) 
  • Access to the printer and photocopier  
  • Access to kitchenette  
  • Mail service  
  • Monthly office hours featuring investors, legal experts, journalists and more.
  • Opportunity to pitch and demo at key community events
  • Event invitations 
  • Free and discounted and ticket offers 
  • ONRamp Welcome package 
  • Quarterly UTE Community Social 
  • Founder Mixers (eg. Bagel Tuesdays, Founder Fridays) 

Eligibility 

To become an ONRamp member, you must meet the following eligibility:  

  • Student membership: You are a current U of T student, faculty, or alumni (graduated since May 1, 2021) 
  • Affiliate membership: You are not a current U of T student, faculty, or alumni, but are working with a U of T accelerator or are an early-stage start-up affiliated with another incubator or accelerator (university/college or external).  A referral will be required on your application. 
  • General membership: Other stakeholders within the ecosystem (investors, community partners, etc.)  
  • All members must have completed U of T’s IP Education Level 1 course. For applicants with a strong foundation in their IP knowledge, completion of Level 1 can be replaced by completion of a Level 2 Topic

Requirements of IP Education

All ONRamp members must complete at least one Topic through U of T’s IP Education Program, delivered online via U of T’s Quercus platform. 

  • Why must I do this? The UTE Community believes that a base level of intellectual property (IP) knowledge will help all our members, regardless of whether they are currently engaged in an IP-based startup. It is consistent with recommendations from multiple levels of government and will ensure Canadian competitiveness. Access to ONRamp is heavily discounted and this is a small commitment in exchange for that benefit. 
  • Level 1 is open to everyone and is geared toward those with little to no IP knowledge. The Level 2 Topics are for more advanced learners with existing knowledge of intellectual property and build on Level 1. We recommend you take them all. 
  • If you already have extensive knowledge or experience with IP matters and wish to take Level 2 without taking Level 1, please request a waiver of the Level 1 pre-requisite on the Level 2 Registration Forms by typing “ONRamp Application Waiver” in the field that asks “What date did you complete Level 1?” 
  • If you have any further questions, please contact the IP Education Program Coordinator at (ipeducation.entrepreneurship@utoronto.ca

Membership Fees

The new ONRamp is in prime, state-of-the-art space, located in a brand new 250,000-square-foot building in the heart of downtown Toronto.  As a result, membership fees have increased to offset added costs.  Both student and general memberships can be purchased in 4-month or 12-month blocks.  Your membership is activated when you pick up your key fob from ONRamp reception. 

  • Student membership: $400 / 4 months or $800 / 12 months  
  • Affiliate membership: $800 / 4 months or $1600 / 12 months 
  • General membership: $1200 / 4 months or $2400 / 12 months  (please contact entrepreneurship@utoronto.ca directly to inquire about availability) 

Please note that memberships are reviewed annually and if your eligibility changes, so may your fees on your next renewal.  Based on the capacity in ONRamp and the traction of your venture, there will be instances where members have grown beyond the subsidized space available in ONRamp and will graduate.  At this stage, we would be happy to introduce you to the real estate leasing team to explore other step-up options in the Schwartz Reisman Innovation campus.  

FOB Replacement Fee:  

  • The cost to replace your key fob is $35 plus HST.  

Please note: 

  • Items left behind will be placed in the Lost and Found for up to 30 days and disposed of thereafter. Half-sized lockers and cubbies are available to rent for storing personal items when not in ONRamp (see Storage section below). 

Storage  

Lockers and cubbies will be available to rent in ONRamp (subject to availability) for a fee. Lockers are $25 and cubbies are $10 respectively per 4-month block. Lockers have digital combinations that will be provided by University of Toronto Entrepreneurship staff. ONRamp members renting out cubbies will need to provide their own locks. Any unauthorized locks on cubbies will be cut off and items removed.  
 
Any lockers or cubbies that are occupied without approval from University of Toronto Entrepreneurship staff will have the items removed and the locks cut.  

Rules and Best Practices in our Co-Working Space 

Being a part of a co-working space offers an unparalleled opportunity to network with and learn from other startups. We encourage you to get actively involved in the space – introduce yourself to others, work on different floors to meet different startups, and attend ONRamp events. Don’t forget to share opportunities and accomplishments with the rest of the community on the ONRamp @ UofT Entrepreneurship Slack channel

As an ONRamp Member, you agree to abide by the University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Community Code of Conduct

ONRamp is a community. Please be respectful of the space and other users by following the policies in this guide and cleaning up after yourself. Meeting rooms are reserved for those who book them and are intended for the use of two or more people; use hot desks or phone booths for individual work and sales calls rather than meeting rooms. Co-working etiquette also includes being cognizant of your speaking volume – please use phone booths when making phone calls to avoid unnecessary distractions for other members. Consider booking a meeting room if you require a working space for your group. 

Lastly, we ask all users to be flexible around the use of the facilities and equipment and follow the guidance of the U of T Entrepreneurship team to ensure we can meet the needs of our startups and vibrant community. 
 

We are committed to creating a safe, secure environment for all ONRamp Members and visitors. There is a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who: 

  • Shares their key fob with others; 
  • Walks in after ONRamp members to access the space without an individual membership; 
  • Leaves any of the doors of ONRamp propped open, or otherwise breaches ONRamp’s security without U of T Entrepreneurship staff approval; 
  • Removes any possessions from ONRamp that do not belong to them. 

Those without ONRamp memberships or key fobs are not permitted to work in ONRamp. Visitors are not permitted in ONRamp. If you have a visitor, please meet them outside of ONRamp in the external areas of the building.  
 

Failure to comply with any of the rules listed above or the UTE Community Code of Conduct will result in your ONRamp Membership and use of ONRamp being revoked without refund.  
 

University of Toronto Entrepreneurship reserves the right to revoke privileges and access to ONRamp space to users at any time. 

Wi-Fi Access 

ONRamp is equipped with access to the UofT and Eduroam Wi-Fi networks. If you are a U of T student, alumni, staff, or faculty member, you can access Wi-Fi via your UTORid.  

If you do not have an UTORid, you will be given Eduroam credentials to access the Wi-Fi in ONRamp.  

Guests of ONRamp who do not have access to UTORid or Eduroam may obtain temporary guest access from the reception desk.  

Use of the U of T and Eduroam Wi-Fi is subject to the Appropriate Use of Information and Communication Technology Policy.  

Meeting Rooms

ONRamp members are eligible to request a booking for the shared meeting rooms in the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus. Please note that the meeting room booking system is managed centrally by Campus events (not UTE) and there are a series of strict guidelines and limitations that apply to all tenants in the building.  Each ONRamp member is allocated 1 hour of complimentary meeting room usage per month.

The meeting rooms are shared with all tenants in Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus, please be considerate of others and book rooms before walking into them or cancel the booking if you no longer need the room. Meeting rooms are intended for two or more people; use the ONRamp hot desks, or phone booths as needed for individual work or calls
To request a meeting room please fill out the request form here.

Requests must be made at least 2 business days before the start time of your meeting, and are on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that submitting a request does not mean the reservation is confirmed. A member of the UTE team will contact you directly to confirm your reservation.  If you no longer need a meeting room, it must be cancelled at least 2 business days before the start time of your meeting, or you will lose your credit.

Please review the following shared meeting room guidelines:

  • Shared meeting room capacity is 5-8 persons.
  • Each ONRamp member will be allocated 1 hour of meeting room usage per month. 
  • Shared meeting rooms are bookable between 7am – 6pm, Monday – Friday 
  • No food or drinks allowed in the shared meeting rooms.
  • Shared meeting rooms must be returned to their original state at the end of the meeting. This includes returning all furniture and AV to their original spot after use. ONRamp members are not permitted to bring in or remove any furniture in the shared meeting rooms. 
  • Meeting rooms are in the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus will be in high demand and can only be used for meetings. Do not use meeting rooms as private offices or phone calls. If you need to take a call, please use the phone booth in ONRamp or the privacy booths on the 8th floor. 
  • Only ONRamp members are permitted to book the shared meeting rooms. If you are booking a shared meeting room, you must be in attendance and are responsible for the meeting room for the during of the meeting. ONRamp members are not permitted to book a shared meeting room for another person or company.

Please consider the other open public spaces in the building on the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 10th floors which are available for informal meetings or calls when not in use for events.

Available shared meeting rooms:  

  • 5th Floor: W505 (8-person capacity), W561 (6-person capacity)
  • 6th Floor: W605 (8-person capacity)
  • 7th Floor: W705 (5-person capacity), W707 (5-person capacity)
  • 8th Floor: W820 (6-person capacity), W883 (8-person capacity

Furniture and Printers 

Please do not move tables or large pieces of furniture without consulting ONRamp staff for approval. If you move chairs, please return them to their original position when done. No outside furniture, appliances, or printers are allowed in ONRamp. ONRamp Members are asked to use the printer available in ONRamp. If the printer requires additional resources (paper, ink, etc.), please contact ONRamp reception. 

ONRamp is equipped with movable whiteboards for members to move and use in ONRamp. ONRamp members are not permitted to remove the whiteboards from ONRamp. If supplies are required, please contact ONRamp reception.  

Kitchenette 

You are welcome to use the ONRamp kitchenette and to store your lunch in the refrigerators, but please be sensitive to other people’s belongings and the cleanliness of the fridge. Kitchenettes are equipped with a fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toast, and coffee machine. Fridges are cleaned out at the end of the month and all unlabelled food is thrown out.  

University of Toronto Entrepreneurship staff will run the dishwasher every morning between 9 am and 9:30 am. Members are responsible for putting their dishes and cutlery in the dishwasher and removing them once they are cleaned. Any items left in the sink will be disposed of by UTE staff.

Water fountains and botting filling stations are in the hallways of Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus. 

Garbage/Recycling 

ONRamp is equipped with landfill garbage and recycling bins. Please care for the environment by disposing of your recycling and waste in the appropriate bins. If you have cardboard boxes for recycling, please break down the boxes and place them behind the bins.  

If you have suggestions for how we can make ONRamp more sustainable, please email entrepreneurs@utoronto.ca. 

Mail  

Mail services are available to ONRamp Members. Please use the following address template when mailing to ONRamp: 

All mail is sorted by startup name in alphabetical mailboxes located in the work room, near the kitchenette, in ONRamp.  

  • If the mail has not been picked up after 30 days, it will be returned to the sender. 
  • Parcels will not be accepted unless you have notified the reception desk staff in writing in advance of the parcel’s arrival. 

We are not responsible for the loss or damage to any mail or parcels. Do not use ONRamp’s address for any business legal purposes (such as business incorporation) for liability reasons. 

Events  

Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus has several event spaces located throughout the building. If you are interested in hosting an event in the building’s event space (at a cost), please contact Campus Events at: campusevents@utoronto.ca.  

Transportation and Parking 

ONRamp is conveniently located near Queen’s Park TTC station. 

Additional parking can be found at surrounding locations such as the MaRS Discovery District building, Toronto General Hospital, and Green P public parking garages

Bicycles 

Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus underground parking is equipped with bike racks on P1 level. Cyclists are permitted to walk the bikes in via the lobby and take a passenger elevator to P1. Cyclists cannot use the garage ramp to access the underground parking due to safety concerns.  

Bike racks are also available at street level in front of Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus.  

Alcohol and Smoking 

U of T is a smoke-free campus. No smoking or vaping is permitted inside or outside U of T buildings, including ONRamp and Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus. For more information on U of T’s smoke-free policy or support for those who wish to quit smoking, click here.

ONRamp adheres to the University of Toronto St. George Campus Alcohol Policy and accompanying Alcohol Regulations (http://www.food-beverage.utoronto.ca/beverageservices/university-alcohol-policy).  

Alcohol is not permitted in ONRamp, except for events coordinated through University of Toronto Beverage Services

Photography and Videography in ONRamp 

All photography and videography conducted in ONRamp must be authorized by U of T Entrepreneurship at least two days in advance. To obtain permission to shoot in the space please email entrepreneurs@utoronto.ca. Photo and video sessions in ONRamp are subject to space availability and scheduled events. The University of Toronto and U of T Entrepreneurship maintain the right to limit photography and videography sessions in ONRamp and cancel unauthorized shoots. 

Fire Emergency Procedure 

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Fire Emergency Procedure for the University of Toronto. It is mandatory to evacuate University buildings when you hear any fire alarm. Do not ignore or attempt to stay in the building during a fire alarm. The emergency stairwell is located on the west side of the building.  
 

Upon evacuations, all persons must relocate away from the building and proceed to the Firefighter’s Monument which is located just west of Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus on the northeast side of College and University until the fire prevention officer or the fire department has deemed the building safe. 
 

Do NOT attempt to re-enter the building before receiving approval from the fire prevention officer or the fire department. 

Security 

A security guard will be present at the security desk on the 1st floor of Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus. If you have security concerns at any time, please notify the reception/security desk or Campus Police immediately. 

Security cameras are located in the elevator bay on each level and are monitored by security on the 1st floor of the building for the safety and security of members and their belongings.