StartOut Growth Lab is a startup accelerator that offers top quality office space, mentoring, education, and networking opportunities for young companies that happen to be founded or co-founded by LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. The Lab was founded in 2017 and is run by StartOut, the largest nonprofit organization for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, now in partnership with DLA Piper.

StartOut Growth Lab ("SGL") hosts a new cohort of early-stage companies every six months. The next cohort will start in March. Up to just seven companies are selected for each cohort. Think your company has what it takes?


Since our founding, the 25 graduated companies have raised $47M in funding and created over 200 new jobs. Those numbers are a testament to the quality of entrepreneurs we accept and the extent of the resources we offer to them. We are making a real impact promoting diversity within startup communities across the nation.


  • Space in a premium, dedicated, newly-built office suite with a conference room, coffee area, fully furnished workspaces and blazing fast Internet.
  • A premier downtown address on the 24th floor of a flagship office building that enhances your company’s image to potential business partners, customers, and new hires.
  • A community of likeminded founders who support and motivate one another.
  • Mentoring from our entrepreneur-in-residence and direct access to StartOut Experts.
  • Free legal consultations from DLA Piper.
  • Monthly lunch & learns with guest experts covering a broad range of topics presented by founders, experienced professionals, and investors.
  • Founders only “Lonely at the Top” dinners to discuss founder issues in a small, supportive and safe space.
  • A graduation event at the end of your term to celebrate your successes with the StartOut community.


  • A commitment to relocate your company’s founders to the SGL office at Five Five Five Mission Street in San Francisco.
  • A spirit of collaboration, volunteerism, and joy in giving back to your peers and others who contribute to your success.
  • Agreement to take turns organizing our monthly group social events.
  • Mandatory attendance at monthly Lunch & Learn events.
  • Long hours and hard work to make the most of your tenure at SGL.

Applications for the Spring 2020 Cohort are now Closed

The next application period will start June 2020.

In order to apply to join StartOut Growth Lab (SGL), please fill out – or update – your founder application on StartOut online community portal. Once you submit your founder application, you will be redirected to a dedicated page with additional questions specific to StartOut Growth Lab.

Our Companies

COHORT 5 - FALL 2019
COHORT 3 - FALL 2018
COHORT 1 - FALL 2017

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT? SGL’s primary difference from most startup incubators is its explicit focus on supporting founders from the LGBTQ community. However, there is no requirement that the business target the LGBTQ community nor that its other founders or employees be LGBTQ. Our small size means each company gets lots of personal attention from our mentors, guest experts, and each other. We can promise you a work environment where everybody shares a deep commitment to diversity, community, and integrity. Accepted companies pay a one-time fee of $750 to cover utilities and incidentals for their 6-month term.  We expect you to help out with chores, share ideas, participate in events, and contribute to the success of your cohort. And if you do achieve a successful exit, we hope you’ll give back with a tax-deductible donation to StartOut in the form of a 1% founder pledge.

StartOut and the Growth Lab have been instrumental in Zeguro's growth and early success. By joining the Growth Lab and utilizing the EIR office hours, Investor Portal, and mentorship program we brought Zeguro from concept to over 13 people within a year. In fact, our StartOut mentor was such a great match, he became our interim CMO.
- Dan Smith & Sidd Gavirneni, CoFounders Zeguro

Our Growth Lab Partners