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StartOut Index

What isn’t measured doesn’t get addressed. Thus, in 2019, we launched the StartOut Index to measure the economic contributions of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, and notably what they could be with equal access to resources. To encourage allies and organizations to support our community, we are delivering the quantitative case why support not only matters but benefits society at large.

Key StartOut Index Insights:

  • Only 0.5% of all funding for startups went to LGBTQ entrepreneurs, and only 7.4% went to female entrepreneurs.
  • 43% of major metropolitan areas in the United States have no LGBTQ entrepreneurs identified.
  • 57% of the funding toward LGBTQ-founded startups goes to the Bay Area, followed by NYC at 9%, and LAX at 6%.

Additional Research

StartOut Partners join in the effort to provide impactful research into
entrepreneurship and the impact LGBTQ+ founders have on the economy and their

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Almost every LGBTQ+ entrepreneur has encountered unequal access to key resources needed to advance their business.

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This year, StartOut is celebrating our 15th anniversary! There is no better time to donate to our Pride Campaign and join our legacy of empowering the next generation LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.