Our Founders

Our LGBTQ+ founder members, along with their supporters and allies, come to StartOut because of the community we’ve created around our mission to help grow their business and build a more equitable future for all.


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Our Founders In The News

Learn more about our founder members and how they continue to grow their startup and accelerate their success.



Cofounders of Shimmer make Forbes 30 Under 30 inaugural Under 30 Local Los Angeles list.
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Carbon Reform

Carbon Reform

Founders of Carbon Reform make onto the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Impact in 2023
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Adrian J. DeLeon

Adrian J. DeLeon

Adrian J. DeLeon: Empowering Education Leaders in Good Decision Making
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Founder Demographics

Every year, StartOut supports over 500 LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. 

Learn about StartOut Programs Available to Founders

What to know if you’re eligible to access our Founder Programs?

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

Happy Pride!

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.