In keeping with StartOut’s commitment to support entrepreneurs in the LGBT community, we’re thrilled to announce our 2nd Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program.

Applications are now open, and we’re looking for mentors and entrepreneurs!

StartOut’s Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program pairs new lesbian entrepreneurs with mentors: seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and senior level executives who can provide advice, resources and knowledge to help grow young businesses. To see the 2012 entrepreneurs and mentors, click here.

We’re looking for new entrepreneurs
We’ll accept 10 lesbian entrepreneurs who currently run their own business — or plan to in the next year. The application deadline is March 1. Click here to apply or forward it to a friend.

We’re looking for mentors
We’re looking for investors, senior level executives and seasoned entrepreneurs from any industry. Whether you’re well into your success or have only been doing it for a short time, you have valuable knowledge and experience that ‘newbies’ can benefit from. If you would like to learn more about being a mentor, please click here to submit your information.

We’re also looking to build an advisory committee to help grow the program. If you’re interested please email

Why Mentoring
In speaking with lesbian entrepreneurs, it became clear that mentoring was high on the list of needs, and a simple way to provide immediate value to lesbians in the StartOut community. If conventional wisdom dictates that startup success yields experience, money and connections; and it follows logically that experience, money and connections gets you a seat at the Tables of Influence (boards, VCs, etc.), then the first step is to do whatever we can to help women in startups be more successful, faster.

To that end, StartOut wants to do their part and help lesbian entrepreneurs by offering one on one mentorship, helping pave the way for new businesses to grow and achieve success.

Quick Links
Application to the 2013 Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program
Lesbian Program Overview
2012 Class of Entrepreneurs and Mentors