Data and research are necessary to effect positive systemic and policy changes. In 2016, StartOut completed its research report “The State of LGBTQ Entrepreneurship in the U.S.”

While the LGBTQ community has gained representation and visibility in many fields in recent years, there is a lack of visibility on how our community functions within the overall economy. In the next decades, entrepreneurs and small business owners will create more than half of all new jobs, and the LGBTQ community will make up a powerful and dynamic subset of that job creation.

We’ve explored the motivations, migration patterns, and fundraising experiences of LGBTQ entrepreneurs of growth companies.

KEY FINDINGS
Jobs are Leaving “Discriminatory” States
Authenticity and Trust are Lacking in Key Relationships
Lesbian Entrepreneurs are at a Distinct Disadvantage
Top Areas of Investment for Investors