StartOut Welcomes their Fall 2018 Growth Lab Cohort

July 19, 2018 12:11 am
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – San Francisco, CA – StartOut, the largest nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ entrepreneurs, welcomes its third cohort to the StartOut Growth Lab, a first-of-its kind startup accelerator for companies founded or co-founded by LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

The Growth Lab is sponsored by global law firm Nixon Peabody and is housed in 2,300 square feet of donated space in the firm’s San Francisco office. During the six-month accelerator program, entrepreneurs work one-on-one with Nixon Peabody attorneys, StartOut’s entrepreneur-in-residence, and other experts.  In addition, they receive mentoring, education, introductions to capital sources, and an array of networking opportunities.

The six outstanding companies who were selected through a rigorous vetting process are:

  • Endo Industries, a biotech company focused on creating an advanced breeding platform and providing tissue culture services for high value crops such as coffee, hemp and cannabis.
  • Goodly, a student loan repayment service that allows employers to make contributions to student loan servicers as an employee benefit.
  • Ivy Food Tech, an information exchange network for food supply chains, starting by automating document receiving, filing and sending.
  • Patch’d, a medtech company that detects sepsis using artificially intelligent algorithms and a simple device to prevent the disease, the number one cause of death in hospitals.
  • Rain Neuromorphics, a microchip company that builds brain inspired processors for artificial intelligence.
  • Snappr, the largest on demand photography platform in the US and Australia connecting photographers and clients.  

Andres Wydler, StartOut’s executive director, commented: “When the LGBTQ community is increasingly under attack, these six entrepreneurs represent the finest our community has to offer. Each of them has the potential to build a tremendously successful business that solves some of the nation’s most pressing problems. We couldn’t be prouder to host them for the next six months and help accelerate their successes!”

Nancy Do, CEO & founder of Endo Industries added on what she anticipates from the Growth Lab: “I went to the previous Cohort’s graduation and was incredibly impressed. In six months, I look forward to being one of the companies wowing the audience at graduation.”

Thomas Gaynor, Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco Office Managing Partner, says: “I am thrilled with what we’ve accomplished since launching the Lab in 2017. We’ve created a collaborative environment that gives these entrepreneurs the knowledge and connections it takes to move forward, and we’re excited to welcome another round of companies.”


Founded in 2009, StartOut is the largest national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to entrepreneurship in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs start new companies, supports current LGBTQ entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses, and engages successful LGBTQ entrepreneurs and their allies as role models, mentors, and investors. StartOut’s goal is the economic empowerment of the LGBTQ community, through supporting, educating, inspiring and connecting members of the LGBTQ community around entrepreneurship and business leadership.

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