StartOut – Chapters

  • Since 2009, StartOut has founded six local chapters and organized over 260 high-profile events with over 20,000 RSVPs.
  • Five StartOut Awards have been held, honoring such luminaries as George Takei, Kara Swisher, Tim Gill, Kathy Levinson and Peter Thiel.
  • StartOut has grown to 15,000 LGBTQ entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, service providers, and their friends and allies.
  • 350 LGBTQ-friendly angel investors and funds have been exposed to dozens of companies that were funded.
  • Hundreds of mentors and entrepreneurs were matched to propel great leaders and companies forward through LGBTQ training and mentoring.
LGBT professional organizations

Take a closer look at each chapter’s events, teams, and news. JOIN our LGBTQ professional organization to get notified of local happenings and connect with other LBGTQ entrepreneurs.

We are getting many requests for new chapters.  We will roll out new chapters as membership in each city grows to critical mass. Encourage your friends to join as premium members, and connect with other local members through our Directory.


San Francisco

Founded in 2009. Volunteers and participants have grown to 4,500 members. 100 events were organized for approximately 10,000 individuals. San Francisco has hosted 4 Award Galas, recognizing and celebrating excellence and leadership in the LGBT entrepreneurial community. Past honorees include George Takei, Kara Swisher, Tim Gill, Kathy Levinson, and Peter Thiel.

  • Founded in 2009
  • 4,500 Members
  • 100 events for nearly 10,000 participants
New York

Founded in 2009. Volunteers and participants have grown to 4,000 members. Demo Days and hackathons showcased members’ businesses and skills. Over 70 educational, investor and networking events have hosted over 5,000 individuals.

  • Founded in 2009
  • 4,000 Members
  • Demo Days and Hackathons
  • 70 events for over 5,000 participants
Los Angeles

Founded in 2010. Volunteers have organized more than 20 events for 1,300 people and has grown to over 1,800 members. In early 2016, the chapter launched a highly successful BETA program for a national online mentorship rollout.

  • Founded in 2010
  • 1,800 Members
  • 20 events for 1,300 participants
  • Launched LA mentoring program in 2016

Founded in 2014. Volunteers have organized over 20 events for 1,500 individuals and now has close to 1,600 members.

  • Founded in 2014
  • Nearly 1,600 members
  • 20 events for 1,500 participants

Founded in 2013. Volunteers have organized two dozen events for over 600 members and now has close to 1,000 members.

  • Founded in 2013
  • 1,00 Members
  • 24 events for 600 participants

Founded in 2012. Volunteers organized 20 events, including expert panel discussions to large networking events, for 600 attendees. A hackathon was sponsored by Google,
Microsoft and other leading technology companies in 2015. Austin has grown to over 900 members.

  • Founded in 2012
  • 900 Members
  • 20 events for 60 participants
  • Birthplace of HackOut