StartOut, the largest national non-profit organization to support, educate and connect LGBTQ entrepreneurs, announced the launch of its Global LGBTQ Entrepreneur Network, powered by Citi Ventures. The Global Network will empower the LGBTQ community by connecting entrepreneurs and their business partners, investors, and mentors with each other, in a safe and secure environment.
Built on the organization’s private online directory, the Global Network will include Citi and Citi Ventures employees and leading LGBTQ entrepreneurs and business partners across the world. The network’s goal is to inspire entrepreneurs and build global connections through premier, direct access to like-minded professionals in order to accelerate job creation, broaden one’s network through direct referrals to others including LGBTQ-friendly investors, and gain access to new distribution channels to build powerful businesses. Members, including Citi employees that opt in, will receive access to StartOut’s private global directory, online forums, mentorship program, and investor portal.
“Bringing a range of perspectives and experiences to the table is not just the right thing to do, it’s simply better for business because it leads to more creative solutions and ultimately stronger results,” said Vanessa Colella, Head of Citi Ventures and Chief Innovation Officer at Citi. “Partnering with StartOut is a natural next step for Citi Ventures as we continue to broaden and diversify our support for entrepreneurs. With Citi’s worldwide presence, we can help unite and support entrepreneurs everywhere.”
“Our driven LGBTQ entrepreneurs deserve the same access and success as their straight counterparts, to benefit the communities in which they live,” said Andres Wydler, executive director of StartOut. “We are excited to team up with these leading networks and honored that Citi, with its tremendous reach and services for entrepreneurs, chose to support this joint program.”
At launch, the program will reach 40,000 professionals in 8 countries, all of whom are invited to participate and engage with one other. The Charter organizations include:
- StartOut – US
- LGBTech – Israel
- The Golden Gate Business Association – US
- Lezervations – Canada & US
- Fruits in Suits – Japan
- Unicorns in Tech – Germany
- Reaching Out MBA(ROMBA) – US
- Series Q – UK
- Queer-Tech-MTL – Canada
- Manhattan Chamber of Commerce – US
- LFME LGBT – Mexico
- Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce – US
- PINKeLAB – Taiwan
StartOut plans to expand the Global Network to all major entrepreneurial hubs in the US and abroad, and will also join forces with other leading LGBTQ entrepreneur organizations. LGBTQ entrepreneurs and their friends who are not members of either participating organizations can sign up individually at www.startout.org/membership/.
Out Leadership Rings the Nasdaq Opening Bell
Out Leadership, the global LGBT+ business network, rang the Nasdaq stock market opening bell on Friday, November 2, 2018. The ceremony celebrated Out Leadership’s instrumental impact in making LGBT+ equality a priority in global C-suites, and the progress its executive events and talent initiatives have made towards inspiring Out Leaders and global companies to grow their businesses through inclusion.
“When I started this company, it was rare to see a CEO discussing LGBT+ equality as an issue that affected how they did business. In the last 8 years, we’ve engaged more than 400 global CEOs in our work, helping them realize the immense positive business impacts of inclusion. In many ways, ringing the opening bell is symbolic of the immense progress we’ve made in establishing LGBT+ equality as a guiding principle for many of our world’s most influential companies. As we ring the opening bell, we are grateful to the many companies and leaders who’ve helped us get here. And we are also reminded of how much potential remains locked behind closet doors. Our commitment to driving LGBT+ equality forward, in every kind of company, and in every region of the world, is stronger than ever before,” said Todd Sears, Founder and Principal, Out Leadership.
Todd Sears was joined by members of Out Leadership’s senior leadership team, representatives from Out Leadership’s member companies include members of its Leadership Committees, and other supporters.
MECA To Host Panel on Funding for Creative Entrepreneurs
The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance, comprised of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will host a free panel discussion and Q&A featuring local minority creatives. They will discuss how they have funded their endeavors from the start-up phase and onward. Do they self-fund, raise capital for specific projects, apply for grants, all of the above?
Featured panelist include:
- Jesus Patel, City of Austin
- Andrew Lee, Ralph Smyth Entertainment
- Winston Williams, 360 Productions
- Dr. Russell Reed, composer
The event is free to attend, but an RSVP by June 29, 2015 is encourage.
University Of Texas At Austin J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Rd Austin TX 78758. Tuesday, June 30, 2015. 9 – 10:30AM. 21+. FREE, RSVP required..
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#BigGay Kickoff Party
Austin’s LGBTQ community kicks off the festivities for SXSW 2015 with the biggest and gayest party in town, the 3rd annual #BigGay Kickoff Party on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 6-10 PM.
Produced jointly by both the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and therepubliq in partnership with Frot Vodka and Oilcan Harry’s, the #BigGay Kickoff is an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attendees of South by Southwest to get a taste of gay Austin.
In its third year, the #BigGay Kickoff Party has turned in to the largest single LGBTQ event during SXSW as vets and virgins alike head on over to 4th Street to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones while they share their posts and pics on the Twitter wall — use the hashtag #BigGay. As a FREE unofficial SXSW event, no badges or wristbands are required and Oilcan Harry’s, one of Austin’s longest running gay bars is open to attendees 18 years old and up.
Attendees can pick up one (or a couple) of the AGLCC’s always popular Big Gay bags (very handy if you consider Austin’s ban on single-use plastic bags). Early birds can grab a souvenir ViG (or Very Important Gay) laminate and a ticket for a complimentary signature cocktail from Frot Vodka. Both are limited to first come, first serve. So get there early. First-time visitors to Austin have the opportunity to talk to AGLCC board members and staff from therepubliq for tips and recommendations to help make their brief stay in Austin as gay as possible.
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