October 2018 StartOut Showcase

October 31, 2018 10:48 pm
Written by: StartOut

Are you ready to accelerate your startup?

StartOut is now accepting applications through November 11, 2018 for the StartOut Growth Lab Spring 2019 Cohort. This is the only 6-month accelerator program for LGBTQ entrepreneurs in the country. Get insights from our past and present StartOut Growth Lab members – Nathan Jin and Ryan Husk. They are excited to share their best practices for accelerating their business.

We want you to be part of our 2019 Spring StartOut Growth Lab Cohort!

  • Are you an LGBTQ founder with a product or service that has been developed at least to the point of early beta testing and iteration?
  • Are you able to identify a milestone you could achieve during your six month tenure at our downtown San Francisco offices?

If you answered yes to any of those questions you are eligible to apply, but you have to hurry. The deadline to submit your application is November 11th!

Click here to apply!


CultureForce CEO & Founder, Ryan Husk talks Diversity.

By StartOut member Ryan HuskFounder & CEO at CultureForce

Ryan Husk, Founder & CEO at CultureForce joined Yelp for their inclusive event: Designing for Diversity: Intentional Decisions For Inclusive Products. The Panel was made up of various professionals like Mackenzie Thomas, Product Marketing for Google and JK Ogungbadero, Lead Manager at Reddit. The event, which took place on Thursday, October 25th, focused on work behind inclusive and accessible products, networking, and a discussion from the panel

As part of StartOut’s Growth Lab Spring 2018, Ryan Husk owes his success to the organization on helping position his company as an advocate and promoter for diversity.  

How to support Ryan:


Ivy Food Tech’s Document Management is in Open Alpha.

By StartOut member Nathan JinFounder of Ivy Food Tech

Ivy Food Tech, one of the current companies in the StartOut Growth Lab has launched their open alpha. Ivy automates document management for the food supply chain. They help automate the sending, receiving and filing of documents from their user’s suppliers and customers. Ivy tracks expiration notifications, log actions, automatically file documents you’ve received and templatize document requests so customers can stop manually tracking their documents in Excel. Thier file system allows you to contextually retrieve the documents you want, when you want it without having to dig through multiple file folders.

How to support Nathan:

  • Are you or someone you know interested joining the alpha? Let Ivy Food Tech know by emailing nathan@ivyfood.tech
  • Learn more at ivyfood.tech.

The Rising Voice of the Youth: The Phluid Project.

By StartOut member Rob Smith CEO and Founder at The Phluid Project.

In the heart and soul of NY’s NoHo neighborhood, The Phluid Project is the world’s first gender-free store. It is a world where gender is a spectrum and expressed authentically and individually, through fashion, café, and community. At the essence of The Phluid Project’s concept is inclusion, and thereby welcoming all races, genders, and ages. The rising voice of the youth rejects gender binaries and demands an environment and clothing collections which embrace such a perspective.

The Phluid Project is actively looking for $1M in funding to drive web sales from 2% (2018) to 30% (2019). Funding will be utilized to replicate the success of TPP’s store model online and reach and embrace a global online community.

How to support Rob:


Your Guide to History’s Greatest Homos.

By StartOut member Sebastian Hendra, Freelance Strategist

Historical Homos is proud to present the first volume guide to history’s greatest homos — now available in 70 pages of fabulously flashy print.  Their mission is to make the legacy of history’s greatest LGBTQ+ figures more visible than ever before. All sales from this first volume will go toward funding a Kickstarter campaign for a much bigger book, involving more artists, writers, and historians.

Their Mentor Ryan MacCarrigan has coached them through the launch of the first book and is helping them learn from it to prepare for their crowdfunding campaign (for a much bigger book!).

How to support Sebastian: