What we're about

This is an inclusive group, welcoming people of *all* sexual orientations (including allies), gender identities, ethnicities, body types. This is a safe place for everyone.

Located in the heart of Texas, Austin boasts a lively startup ecosystem with local venture capital firms.

StartOut (https://startout.org/) is a national nonprofit focused on creating great leaders in our community.

Mission: StartOut connects and educates LGBTQ entrepreneurs to empower great leaders and businesses. Our goal is to create jobs and prosperity for LGBTQ individuals and for the local communities in which they do business, and to be recognized and respected for our contributions.

PROGRAMMING:

Austin’s StartOut chapter began in 2011 and was the birthplace of HackOut (https://www.swhackout.org/), the nation’s premier LGBTQ-oriented hackathon. The Austin Programming Board is made up with volunteers who are passionate about the mission and help organize local events. Example events: hackathon, speed networking, panels, dinners, happy hours, fireside chats etc..

Come and connect with aspiring, new and experienced entrepreneurs and people in startups.

Networking

• The NetworQ powered by CitiVentures: Looking to grow your business and your professional connections? The Networq allows all of us to connect directly with one another in a safe online environment. Search and connect with our 4,000 members.

• The Forum: Join the Forum to find people who understand you and your journey as an LGBTQ entrepreneur. Visit anytime to post questions, share your story, get advice, and connect with other entrepreneurs like you.

Expertise

• StartOut Growth Labs - 6 Month In-Person SF Accelerator: You will receive 6 months of San Francisco office space, premiere access to StartOut’s network & programs, and a sense of the community that can only come from working alongside other LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

• Appointments with Experts: Sometimes an hour with an expert is all you need to update your marketing plan, tweak your pitch deck, or edit a press release. StartOut Experts (Fundraising, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, PR and Storytelling, Legal ) are there for you when you need that extra insight.

• 6 Months of Mentorship: Looking for an opportunity to grow both professionally and personally? Whether you seek a mentor to help take your business to the next level, or want to give back and gain new perspectives as a mentor, the mentorship program is a rewarding 6-month journey.

Visibility

• Investor Portal powered by GV & Google: Want to get connected with accredited investors, or to meet promising LGBTQ-led entrepreneurs looking for funding? With the investor portal, we make sure investors looking for deal flow opportunities do not miss growth LGBTQ startups.

• Showcase: Do you have news about your company that you want to shout from the rooftops? The Showcase is an opportunity for you to share your successes with the StartOut community and find inspiration in the achievements of other LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

• Research: In the first study of its kind, we explore the motivations, migration patterns, and fundraising experiences of LGBTQ entrepreneurs of growth companies.

Upcoming events (4)

Hacky Hour

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Side project you’ve been meaning to get done? Unfinished work? Just looking for a great group of individuals to bounce ideas off of? Join the StartOut Austin LGBTQIA community at Academia where folks can meet up to work together - or just hang out. Everyone is welcome - entrepreneurs, techie, designers, UX, developers, investors, marketers... We will meet at least two Saturday for the next couple of months to gauge interest. Feel free to drop by anytime between 4-6pm and stay as long as you’d like.

Hacky Hour

Location visible to members

Side project you’ve been meaning to get done? Unfinished work? Just looking for a great group of individuals to bounce ideas off of? Join the StartOut Austin LGBTQIA community at Academia where folks can meet up to work together - or just hang out. Everyone is welcome - entrepreneurs, techie, designers, UX, developers, investors, marketers... We will meet at least two Saturday for the next couple of months to gauge interest. Feel free to drop by anytime between 4-6pm and stay as long as you’d like.

Startup Weekend HackOut 2019

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Be a part of the premier LGBTQA-themed Startup Weekend! Your community is here to help you. Regardless of your professional background — sign up now for Startup Weekend HackOut in Austin, TX! https://bit.ly/2ECMa2B The 1st first-ever LGBTQA-themed Startup Weekend was created in 2017! We had over 80+ participants from all around the globe from Europe to South America. We were able to reward travel scholarship for a number of participants. During our 2018 event, we grew to over 100 participants from even more far flung places like South Africa and Australia. The purpose of this event is to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the LGBTQA community to learn the ropes of validating an idea for a startup or lifestyle business and turn that idea into a business venture. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. If you can't commit to the whole weekend, you can check out the presentation/demo on Sunday or volunteer. Startup Weekend HackOut is being organized in partnership with Techstars, which helps entrepreneurs raise startup funding and gain critical insight to help launch their businesses, StartOut, the national nonprofit supporting LGBTQIA entrepreneurs, and Lesbians Who Tech, a global community of 25,000+ queer women and gender nonconforming people in tech (and our allies) in over 37 cities around the world. Get your EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW. Still curious? Learn even more here: https://bit.ly/2ECMa2B

Hacky Hour

Academia

Side project you’ve been meaning to get done? Unfinished work? Just looking for a great group of individuals to bounce ideas off of? Join the StartOut Austin LGBTQIA community at Academia where folks can meet up to work together - or just hang out. Everyone is welcome - entrepreneurs, techie, designers, UX, developers, investors, marketers... We will meet at least two Saturday for the next couple of months to gauge interest. Feel free to drop by anytime between 4-6pm and stay as long as you’d like.

Past events (7)

Hacky Hour

Academia

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