Startup Accelerator Program: LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs Apply Fast!

Startup Accelerator Program: LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs Apply Fast!

Startup Accelerator Program – StartOut Growth Lab offers top-quality mentoring, education, and networking opportunities for young companies that happen to be founded or co-founded by LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. The Lab was founded in 2017 and is run by StartOut, the largest nonprofit organization for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, now in partnership with DLA Piper.

Due to covid-19 safety recommendations, they have transitioned their cohort from an in-person program to a virtual one through 2021.

StartOut Growth Lab (“SGL”) hosts a new cohort of early-stage companies every six months. The next cohort will start in December 2021. Up to seven companies are selected for each cohort. Think your company has what it takes?

What does this Startup Accelerator Program offer?

  • A virtual community of LGBTQ+ founders who support and motivate one another.
  • Mentoring from their entrepreneur-in-residence and direct access to StartOut Experts.
  • Free legal consultations from DLA Piper.
  • Monthly digital lunch & learns with guest experts covering a broad range of topics presented by founders, experienced professionals, and investors.
  • Founders only “Lonely at the Top” meetings to discuss founder issues in a small, supportive and safe space.
  • A graduation event at the end of your term to celebrate your successes with the StartOut community.

What do they expect from you?

  • A commitment from your company’s founder(s) to participate in the full 6-month program while working full time on your startup company.
  • A spirit of collaboration, volunteerism, and joy in giving back to your peers and others who contribute to your success.
  • Agreement to take turns organizing their monthly group social events.
  • Mandatory attendance at monthly Lunch & Learn events.
  • Long hours and hard work to make the most of your tenure at SGL.

Their Impact

  • Since their founding, the 33 graduated companies have raised $107M in funding and created over 210 new jobs. Those numbers are a testament to the quality of entrepreneurs they accept and the extent of the resources they offer to them. They are making a real impact promoting diversity within startup communities across the nation.

Application Deadline: Oct 30th, 2021

To apply visit here

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