StartOut Demo Day

Thursday, May 11th

2023 Demo Day

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2023 Demo Day where we were introduced to eight extraordinary LGBTQ-led companies and their founders. Their innovative ideas and passion for their work and community are truly inspiring. Through their participation at Demo Day, we witnessed the incredible talent and potential that exists within our community. 

Demo Day is produced thanks to the phenomenal group of volunteers who serve on the Programming Board and staff who helped organize this event, our long-time production partner Outshine Events, and our generous sponsor AWS. 

We hope to see you all back next year to watch 8 exciting new LGBTQ+ founders pitch their ideas.  

Thank You to Our Event Sponsor

Thank You 2023 Judges

Christian Tooley (he/him)

CEO / Expert at i³ investing / Bain & Co.

Megan Kashner (she/her)

Co-Founder & GP at Colorful Capital

Patrick Chung (he/him)

General Partner at Xfund

Ari Kalfayan (he/him)

Global Head of Early Stage AI/ML Business Development & VC at AWS

Christian McKenzie (she/her)

Associate at Red Cedar Ventures / Michigan Rise

Meet the Founders

Story LLP

1st Place Winner Story LLP economically empower attorneys, founders, and individuals so that they have greater ability to drive the change they see as necessary for our legal system.


2nd Place Winner As the first affordable luxury, genderless, digital native, hispanic Gen Z focus brand — positioned to revolutionise the fashion & cosmetics market in the Americas.


3rd Place & Audience Winner Euphoria's mission is to empower transgender individuals to have agency in their gender transition by way of our technology.


ALPHX is a brand that connects consumers with product, personalized experience and shared values in a holistic manner that legacy brands have ignored.


Accurate Property Tax is a B2B enterprise SaaS company and built a state-of-the-art mortgage risk mitigation software that empowers banks to make faster and safer lending decisions.


Detexian is software designed for busy IT/Security professionals to eliminate blind spots, so you can make data-led decisions and communicate risks effectively.

Ecotone Renewables

Ecotone Renewables is a public benefit corporation focused on building a world without food waste.


PopViewers is the platform that helps you find what to watch next, invites you to react to the TV and movies you've watched, and encourages you to share the experience with fellow content-lovers.

Non-Monetary Prizes

In addition to a monetary prize from StartOut of $5k for 1st Place, $3k for 2nd Place, and $2k for 3rd Place. The winners will also receive dedicated professional coaching from experts in our community such as:

1st Place
Patrick Driscoll will provide complimentary investor coaching sessions, covering 3 hours of fundraising strategy. First-place winners will have the opportunity to learn and & interact with Patrick as well as receive guidance on the best investors and funds to pitch. Prize valued at $1,000.

2nd Place
Donnie Hill will provide 3 hours of coaching advice focused on 1) strategic roadmapping for your idea/vision, 2) strategic messaging, and/or 3) self-confidence and perception-shaping. 2nd-place winners will have the opportunity to share their questions with Donnie to develop a custom Life Maximizer Advisory Session.

3rd Place
Heather Lawver will provide a complimentary Pitch Deck Facelift session, covering 3 hours of active design, strategy, and storytelling help to refresh your company’s pitch deck as you watch! 3rd place winners will have the opportunity to watch & interact as Heather & her team solve their pitch deck challenges, elevate the design of their deck, and streamline their storytelling strategy. Prize valued at $1,000.

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