StartOut accelerates the growth of the LGBTQ+ community to drive its economic empowerment, building a world where every LGBTQ+ entrepreneur has equal access to lead, succeed, and shape the workforce of the future.


StartOut is a US-based non-profit organization founded in 2009 that focuses on supporting LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and startup founders. Our mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and also to amplify their stories, ultimately to drive the economic empowerment of the Queer community.

StartOut offers the majority of its programming virtually, including our mentorship program, accelerator, access to capital program and other programs. Some events are held in our 7 chapter cities across the country. Learn more about in-person chapters here.

 We have built a community of 25,000 members and we support 400+ entrepreneurs every year. We provide direct individual support through community events, one-on-one mentorship, one-on-one office hours with experts, a 6-month accelerator program, and investor connections. To get started, join our community here.

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Angel Investment
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Crowdfunding
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Loans
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent Seminars

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Augmented / Virtual Reality and Holographics
  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • LGBTQIA Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Kayla DiPilato
Four Embarcadero Center
Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111