We will not rest until every LGBTQ+ founder has the support they deserve
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.
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.
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.
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.
Almost every LGBTQ+ entrepreneur has encountered unequal access to key resources needed to advance their business.