We will not rest until every LGBTQ+ founder has the support they deserve

25K

people we've connected

1,270

supported companies

$1.27B

in funding raised

$5.5B

in economic value

Whom We Serve

StartOut serves LGBTQ+ founders at various company stages and in every corner of the country (and beyond). We support entrepreneurs who are developing a scalable solution to address a $500+ million market.

Founder Resources

StartOut runs programs that connect LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs with mentors, experts, investors, and peer founders. Our suite of programs and resources offer LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs a way to grow and scale their business.

Growth Lab

Apply for the only 6-month-long LGBTQ+ accelerator program in the country.

Mentorship

Get matched with one of our 200+ mentors and work with them over a 6-month period on your core goals.

Investor Portal

Join a community of 500+ investors looking for their next investment.

The NetworQ

Browse the largest online directory for LGBTQ+ business people to connect with one another.

Perks

Access perks and discounts (HR, IT/dev software & services, etc.) Available only to Founder members.

Expert Office Hours

Book a session with experts on a variety of topics, including fundraising, marketing, legal, HR, PR, and more.

The Forum

Connect with other LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs in your area or around the world.

Events

Attend in-person and digital networking and educational events .

Empowerment Initiatives & Scholarships

While all of our program costs are offset by generous sponsors and donors, founders who are interested in participating in our founder programs are generally invited to become giving members ($125/ year). However, we want to support entrepreneurs for whom becoming a giving member may be inaccessible. We are proud to offer free 12-month memberships to our founder programs for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs who have been historically underrepresented, underserved, and underestimated within our community. We want to ensure that all LGBTQ+ founders can inspire generations to come. This is one step of many in leveling the playing field and moving toward economic empowerment.

  • 12-month scholarships for Latinx/Hispanic founders
  • 12-month scholarships for Women/Non-Binary founders
  • 12-month scholarships for Black founders
  • 12-month scholarships for founders aged 45+
  • Scholarships for DEI Founders

Disclaimer

Please complete the Founder Application for consideration. To apply to the Founder Program, complete the application at community.startout.org. At the end of the application, you will be able to select the scholarship you would like to be considered for.

Scholarship Sponsors

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Growth Lab

StartOut Growth Lab is a 6-month-long startup accelerator that offers top-quality mentoring, education, and networking opportunities for companies that happen to be founded or co-founded by LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.

Mentorship

Get matched with one of our 200+ mentors and work with them over a 6-month period on your core goals. Login to the member portal or submit your founder application today to get matched.

Investor Portal

Join a community of 500+ investors looking for their next investment. We make sure investors looking for deal flow opportunities do not miss growth LGBTQ+ startups. Login to the member portal or submit your founder application and create your profile today.

The NetworQ

Browse the largest online directory for LGBTQ+ business people to connect with one another. Sign in to the member portal or submit your founder application today and start networking.

Perks

Access 100+ perks and discounts (HR, IT/dev software & services, etc.) on BuiltFirst. You’ll need to sign up for a free account with BuiltFirst to gain access. Available only to Founder members.

Expert Office Hours

Book a session with experts on a variety of topics, including fundraising, marketing, legal, HR, PR, and more. Login to the member portal or submit your founder application today and book your next session.

The Forum

Connect with other LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs in your area or around the world. You can get answers, promote your business, share expertise and help grow the LGBTQ+ entrepreneurial community. Login to the member portal or submit your founder application today to access The Forum.

Events

Our events take place both in person and online and focus on key topics that pertain to the entrepreneurial journey such as Fundraising, Marketing, Access to Capital, Accelerators, and more.