• First study of its kind to shed light on experiences of LGBTQ founders of high-growth companies
  • Combines quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Survey of 140 LGBTQ entrepreneurs and big data set of more than 100,000 straight & LGBTQ founders

Data and research are necessary to effect positive systemic and policy changes.  In addition to events in our chapter cities and an online network, StartOut has completed its first annual 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 fund raising experiences of LGBTQ entrepreneurs of growth companies.

Key findings