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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business (Specialty)
  • Valuation (Specialty)

Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

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

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Hiring and Firing (Specialty)
  • Recruiting
  • Workforce Training
  • Employee Development
  • Retention

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent Seminars

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

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

Marketing and Sales

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


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based (Specialty)
  • Geographically Based (Specialty)

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • LGBTQIA Business Issues (Specialty)

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information

Starting a Business

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


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
  • Startup Drinks (Specialty)
Contact Information
Katherine Le
Four Embarcadero Center
Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111