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StartOut Overview



An overview of StartOut, its mission and goals, and its programs

An overview of StartOut, its mission and goals, and its programs



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    • Organization Overview •
    • Why StartOut? StartOut is an organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship within the LGBT community. It is established to connect those in the LGBT community who want to form entrepreneurial ventures, provide support for existing entrepreneurs, and connect entrepreneurs with funding, education, networks, and other external resources. 2
    • Role of StartOut  Connecting Entrepreneurs  Educating Entrepreneurs  Mentoring Entrepreneurs  Connecting with Venture, Angel, and Other Sources of Funding  Providing Local Resources  Promoting the Visibility of Role Models 3
    • Connecting Entrepreneurs Broad-based structured networking events • Includes entrepreneurs who currently have a business as well as those looking to start one • Structured to maximize networking potential (e.g., identification tags, other identification activities) Online networking on StartOut website Specialized networking events • Online resources to connect LGBT • Subgroup events for those with a particular entrepreneurs industry interest • Job boards, FAQs, resources and links • Closed events designed for existing entrepreneurs who have achieved a certain level of success 4
    • Educating Entrepreneurs Guest Speakers and Presentations • Successful high-profile LGBT entrepreneurs speak about their experiences • Specific presentations indicated to be of interest by StartOut members Expert Panel Discussions • Local LGBT entrepreneurs speak on topics of interest to StartOut members Pitch Sessions • Mock pitch sessions from startup teams, with structured feedback from StartOut 5
    • Mentoring Entrepreneurs Connects new start- ups with successful, more established entrepreneurs • Mentors may take a StartOut will construct and more “advisory” role or a more “hands-on” role maintain a “library” of depending on the potential Mentors and desires of both mentor their interests and mentee • Mentors may choose to serve on a start-up’s Board of Directors / Board of Advisors 6
    • Connecting to Venture, Angel, and Other Sources of Funding Engage gay and gay-friendly Venture and Angel investors • attend StartOut networking events • become special guest presenters • take part in panel discussions Provide venue for Annual Funding Contest (starting 2010) • StartOut will provide a venue for a VC/Angel funded annual business plan (or seed-stage business) competition for LGBT entrepreneurs 7
    • Providing Local Resources Entrepreneur Forums • StartOut may create ongoing small-group forums of entrepreneurs to discuss issues related to starting a business • Forums may serve as an ‘informal’ board of advisors for an entrepreneur’s startup or venture Support Resources of Interest to LGBT Entrepreneurs • Create a list of support resources of specific interest to the LGBT entrepreneur • Lawyers, consultants, finance persons who have experience with issues related to LGBT entrepreneurship 8
    • Promoting the Visibility of LGBT Entrepreneurs as Role Models Provide opportunities for successful LGBT entrepreneurs to share their experience with others • Press coverage, stories, articles • Invited Lecturers or Speakers at business forums and non-LGBT entrepreneurship organizations • Speakers/Lecturers at entrepreneurship classes or seminars at national colleges and at high-schools Special networking events for successful LGBT entrepreneurs to connect and share experiences with other LGBT entrepreneurs 9
    • Website - www.StartOut.Org  Main source of information about StartOut • Upcoming events, news, about the organization • Commentary / blog on issues of interest to the LGBT entrepreneur  Online message boards • Post information and connect entrepreneurs with similar interests and goals • Job boards, cofounder matching, etc.  Resource center for LGBT entrepreneurs, including support services, local organizations, etc  Online registry for persons interested in StartOut; Records current position, interests, etc  Online donation page 10
    • StartOut’s Structure  501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization  Management Committee  Board of Advisors  National Organization with Local Networks • New York • San Francisco • Others to come (Boston, Austin, Denver, etc)  National resources via the StartOut website 11
    • Management Committee  Robert Clauser  Bryan (Founder, Janeczko Media & (Founder, Entertainment NuKitchen) Holdings)  Joe DiPasquale  Darren Spedale (Founder, A- (Founder, List Global Regroup. com) Media)  Peter Hopkins  Lorenzo (Founder, Thione (Founder, Powerset) 12