Focus Areas

Capital Readiness & Financial Fundamentals

Is your business ready to succeed in the real estate sector?

Clarify your financial and business goals and understand how to prepare to pursue and maximize opportunities in commercial real estate.

Property Identification & Due Diligence

What kind of property should you pursue and where?

Evaluate the pros and cons of any property opportunity, ranging from potential profitability to structural and environmental issues that could derail project goals.

Property Acquisition & Renovation

How can you transform properties into profitability?

Build a financial proforma and construction plan that outlines all the project dimensions. Then utilize that data to secure the capital needed to acquire the property and execute your vision for design and renovation.

Property Activation & Management

How can property become a stable and efficient asset?

Generate revenue with thorough leases and leverage the latest in green building operations and energy efficiency to ensure properties add wealth generation for the long term.

Emerging Developer Accelerator Application

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Program Basics

What are the benefits?

  • 9 Months of intensive sessions
  • 3 Months of post-graduation support
  • One learning session and one review session per month
  • Access to mentoring to activate learning and pursue projects
  • 40 hours of training and coaching
  • Up to $2,000 of support in coaching and consulting services during sessions
  • Up to $2,000 of support in coaching and consulting services after graduation

What is the timeline?

  • Application opens January 1, 2024
  • Info session on January 16th, 2024, sign up below
  • Application closes February 2, 2024
  • Selected participants announced March 1, 2024
  • Orientation March 18, 2024
  • The 9 month session schedule is outlined below
  • The sessions will end with a graduation event

Who may be a good fit?

  • Small businesses based in Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • CRE portfolio at or below $500,000 and/or less than two properties
  • Willing to fully commit to pre and post-session homework
  • Willing to attend virtual and/or in-person sessions
  • Willing to complete program assessments to gauge impact

Want to Learn More?

Join us for an info session on January 16th.

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Program Leader

As a Senior Programs Manager for Bridgeway, Roderick Ramsey leads the developer and contractor training for its Building Inclusive Development (BID) program. He works closely with clients to connect them with guidance, peers, markets, capacity, space, and capital to aid their entrepreneurial journey. Roderick is no stranger to helping to build growing businesses. Before his current position, he served as a business coach and owned and founded Ocular Arcade, a digital design and marketing company. He has served in management roles across various industries, including web development, printmaking, and academia. Roderick earned a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Vincent College in 2012 and a master’s in business management from Point Park University in 2016. He is also a proud father, business owner, and visual artist.

Our Experts

Francine Cameron

President & CEO | CPSG, LLC.

Cameron Professional Services Group (CPSG) provides owners with project management, credit analysis, and much more.

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Leslie Montgomery

VP of Ed. & Comms | Green Building Alliance

Leslie Montgomery oversees all the organization’s content creation and delivery through education, training, and storytelling.

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La’Taunja Martin Cooper

Founder | Martila Enterprise

La’Taunja is a construction management and real estate professional supporting projects from initiation through closeout.

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LeTaj Tinker

Founder | Tink + Design LLC

LeTaj is dedicated to creating innovative and functional designs for residential and commercial projects across the region.

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Tom Hardy

Managing Member | Palo Alto Partners

Tom has successfully overseen complicated real estate projects that include housing, retail, and mixed-use developments.

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Dario McPhee

Founder | EDJM Investments

Dario is an architect that started EDJM Investments to channel his vision for community-centered design into his own projects.

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Accelerator Location

Gather, Learn, Share

All sessions will be at the Sarah B. Campbell Enterprise Center at 7800 Susquehanna Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

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Session Schedule

Orientation

Expert: Roderick Ramsey 

Get set up for success. Learn what to expect from the sessions and meet your cohort. The orientation is also an opportunity to ask questions and submit enrollment paperwork.

Date:
Orientation Session 3/18/24

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Project & Capital Readiness

Expert: Francine Cameron 

Commercial real estate can lead to transformative wealth building and community revitalization, but businesses must possess strong financial and credit fundamentals to start and succeed in the sector. Creditworthiness and adept financial literacy are keys to success.

Date: Part 1
Learning Session 4/1/24
Review Session 4/15/24

Date: Part 2
Learning Session 4/29/24
Review Session 5/13/24

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Efficiency & Sustainability

Expert: Leslie Montgomery

As the climate crisis intensifies and disproportionately impacts low-wealth communities, emerging developers must maintain their assets with environmental sustainability in mind. This mindset can also yield greater energy efficiencies, improving the overall profitability of properties.

Date:
Learning Session 5/28/2024
Review Session 6/10/24

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Identifying & Vetting

Expert: La’Taunja Martin Cooper

The market is full of opportunities, so emerging developers must systematically decide on one property over another as they pursue long-term financial goals. Goal setting and thoughtful due diligence research of market, location, and risk are essential.

Date: Part 1
Learning Session 6/24/24
Review Session 7/8/24

Date: Part 2
Learning Session 7/22/24
Review Session 8/5/24

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Designing & Planning

Expert: LeTaj Tinker

From a total renovation to a simple update, property opportunities often require some architectural design and construction planning. These also inform the financials and financing for a property. Not considering entitlements, zoning, and permits from the start can threaten project viability.

Date:
Learning Session 8/19/24
Review Session 9/2/24

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm

Proforma & Funding

Expert: Tom Hardy

Once costs for acquisition, construction, and the revenue-generating possibilities of a property are understood, this data shapes the project proforma. By outlining funding sources, costs, and long-term profitability, proformas are vital for securing capital from a wide range of sources.

Date: Part 1
Learning Session: 9/16/24
Review Session: 9/30/24

Date: Part 2
Learning Session 10/14/24
Review Session: 10/28/24

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Activating & Managing

Expert: Dario McPhee

Once a property is ready for its intended use as residential, commercial, or mixed-use, the owner needs to have the tools and skills in place to generate revenue profitably and responsibly while taking steps to maintain the property as a long-term asset.

Date:
Learning Session 11/13/24
Review Session 12/4/24

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Accelerator Graduation

Celebration in January 2025

Participants will share and celebrate their vision for success.

Post Graduation Support:

January – March, 2025

Graduates are eligible to access up to $2,000 in coaching and consulting services for three months after graduation to help continue their momentum. The session experts will provide one-on-one coaching to help participants exercise new capabilities and confidence.

Shaw-Wil Properties Inc.

Real estate developer Emmett Wilson grew up in the Homewood and Larimer areas of Pittsburgh, and for more than 14 years, he’s been transforming distressed properties into affordable housing for families. By supporting local developers like Wilson, who have deep ties to their communities, Bridgeway helps ensure that residents prosper in place.

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Rev Real Estate

Rev Real Estate Holdings founder Jon Boyd says that he’s not so much in the property business: He’s in the people business. With every house Rev Real Estate purchases, Boyd seeks to give people the opportunity to love where they live. Based in Sharon, Pa., Rev Real Estate offers affordable housing to low-to-moderate income residents and those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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Emerging Developer Accelerator Application

Ready to step into real estate development?

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