StartOut is The National Nonprofit that Creates Great Leaders by Fostering LGBTQ Entrepreneurs


A Private Online Community Providing Invaluable Programs, Tools, Connections and Support for the LGBTQ Entrepreneur

We are a vibrant network of dedicated LGBTQ entrepreneurs and supporters who care deeply about our community’s and your success. Here are the current networking tools and programs StartOut offers online:

• Online Community Forum
An energetic and responsive online members’ forum that offers sage advice, answers, referrals and introductions to others, and support whenever you need it

• Private Member Directory
A searchable directory featuring over 3,000 overachieving LGBTQ professionals and allies you can contact directly (no limit)

• StartOut Investor Portal
A clutter-free place to pitch your business direct to seasoned angel and institutional investors who actively support LGBTQ Entrepreneurs and businesses

• The AT&T StartOut Mentorship Program
Our meticulous matchmaking of seasoned mentors with eager mentees hand-picked to help increase your chance for success


Plus a Vibrant Offline Community With Several Local Chapters and National Networking Events

• Six (6) City Chapters and Growing …
Monthly events featuring helpful startup topics, special expert guests, and plenty of in-person networking to make the connections you need

• The StartOut Growth Lab @ Nixon Peabody
StartOut’s very own 6-month accelerator to foster and grow promising startups in our community. Invaluable Community support, complimentary office space and national exposure with no strings attached

• National Demo Days
Our marquee events in New York and San Francisco featuring pitches from the best LGBTQ-founded businesses in a room full of top-tier investors and media contacts

• Annual StartOut Awards
Recognizing and honoring the top entrepreneurs and business leaders for their accomplishments and personal commitment during the year to the LGBTQ entrepreneur community


Together we are stronger — we hope you’ll join us!

Our Promise

“We promise to reach out and embrace all LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

We share common resources, measure and publicize the prosperity you generate, and reshape the conversation about LGBTQ economic contributions to society.

Our work is not done until every LGBTQ entrepreneur can unleash their full potential!“


Andres Wydler, Executive Director

Andres Wydler

Supporting Partners





How are we expanding our community?

Since 2009, StartOut has grown to more than 15,000 accomplished professionals in 6 local chapters: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, New York and Boston.

Through the generosity of HereMedia — publishers of Advocate, OUT, and HereMedia TV — StartOut will reach more than 10 million LGBTQ community members monthly.

Here Media