StartOut Awards

October 12, 2023 in NYC
Tickets on sale now!

StartOut invites you to the LGBTQ+ entrepreneur event of the year, honoring founders and business leaders for their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. 

6:30 pm | Cocktails
7:30 pm | Dinner & Program
8:30 pm | Afterparty

Cocktail attire.

We look forward to celebrating StartOut’s work enabling LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into reality, thereby building a more equitable economy and world. 

The StartOut Awards are sponsored by Ogilvy, Comcast NBCUniversal, Coca Cola, SVB a Division of First Bank, Google, AARP, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Gaingels, and JetBlue Ventures. 

Interested in corporate sponsorship opportunities? Please reach out to Tony Uceda at

Equity Summit

June 15th, 2023

StartOut is excited to present the 4th Annual StartOut Equity Summit, a virtual event that will focus on ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to thrive across geographies and industries regardless of their background.

The Summit is envisioned as an environment for dialogue and action where every participant is prepared to share insights, reflect on experiences, and be prepared to pose new questions and reframe old answers.

This Summit aspires to be dynamic, exploratory, and honest. We work to understand lived experiences, while shifting the conversations forward towards actionable initiatives.

The StartOut Equity Summit is sponsored by Amazon Web ServicesGVVisaJPMorgan Chase & Co, and Silicon Valley Bank, a division of First Citizens Bank.

Missed previous Equity Summit events?

Watch them all on our YouTube channel.

Demo Day

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2023 Demo Day where we were introduced to eight extraordinary LGBTQ-led companies and their founders. Their innovative ideas and passion for their work and community are truly inspiring. Through their participation at Demo Day, we witnessed the incredible talent and potential that exists within our community. 

Demo Day is produced thanks to the phenomenal group of volunteers who serve on the Programming Board and staff who helped organize this event, our long-time production partner Outshine Events, and our generous sponsor AWS. 

We hope to see you all back next year to watch 8 exciting new LGBTQ+ founders pitch their ideas.