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With Dave Mullen (VP, SVB Capital), Kelly McDonald (CPO,, Adam O'Donnell (Startup Partnerships, Zendesk), Ari Kalfayan (Sr Biz Dev Mgr, Amazon AWS), Ashley Flucas Flucas Ventures).
Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 07:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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Join LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs as they present their solutions for a cash prize at this year's StartOut Demo Day.
About this event
About this Event

Join StartOut entrepreneurs as they present their solutions at StartOut Demo Day, generously sponsored by ZenDesk, AWS, Silicon Valley Bank, & Embroker.

This year's virtual Demo Day will highlight LGBTQ-led, scalable tech startups to investors. A judging panel panel will be made up of angels, VCs, entrepreneurs & corporate partners, with a public audience to cheer you on & network with after.

Top prizes include $5k for first place, $3k for second place, & $2k for third place winner.

Join us for an evening of discussion among some of the brightest entrepreneurs & investors in our community.

4:00pm PDT: Welcome & Judge Introductions

4:15pm PDT: Pitches Begin

5:05pm PDT: Judges Deliberation & Meet with the Founders & Sponsors

5:25pm PDT: Winners Announced

5:30pm PDT: Networking

Demo Day - Event Platform
Demo Day will take place virtually on the Accelevents platform. Registrants will receive their unique links to join within 24-hours of the event. You'll have the opportunity to create a profile in advance of the event & there will be opportunities to network & meet with one another within the event platform. Email with any questions.

Kelly McDonald

StartOut Growth Lab Alum

Kelly McDonald is the Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer of Cipio. The world's first community influencer marketing platform. Prior to joining Cipio Kelly was the founder & CEO of Kyndoo. A data platform for social commerce that was acquired by Cipio in September of 2021. Prior to founding Kyndoo, Kelly was the Senior Vice President of Revenue, Operations, & People at RealtyShares. An entrepreneur at heart, Kelly loves working on big problems at the earliest stages of a company. She is driven by her passion for the people she leads, & the journey toward the greater vision they share.

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Adam O'Donnell
Zendesk | Startup Initiatives

Adam runs Startup Partnerships for North America at Zendesk. Previously he worked as an investment associate at a Silicon Valley VC (investors in Airbnb, Amplitude, etc.), where we reviewed 2000+ high-growth startups. Before investing, Adam founded 2x B2B SaaS companies (1 exit, 1 failed). Adam lives in San Francisco, & in his free time runs a podcast called TheTop.VC, where he has interviewed VCs from Sequoia, Emergence, 500 Startups, Techstars, & more.

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Ari Kalfayan
AWS | Underrepresented Founder Startups

Ari is a Senior Business Development Manager at AWS in charge of AI/ML startups. Ari began his career in the AI/ML space in 2009, where he led sales at Figure Eight (sold for $300M to Appen) which pioneered data labeling technology. Ari then joined the founding team of Weights & Biases (W&B) in 2018 which is pioneering machine learning tools for deep learning. Ari's focus at AWS is on helping early-stage co-founders, who are building machine learning startups, accelerate growth, technical development & achieve product market fit. Ari is also an early stage startup investor through his new syndication, Next Wave AI.

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Ashley Flucas
Managing Partner | Flucas Ventures

Ashley Flucas is the founder & general partner of Flucas Ventures. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, the syndicate of around 2,000 angel investors has invested in more than 250+ startups (Databricks, Bolt, Brex, Pacaso, Pipe, Qonto, Angellist, Tonal, Binance.US, Mercury, Capsule, etc).



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Dave Mullen
Vice President | SVB Capital

Dave Mullen is an investor at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Capital, where he is responsible for covering the fintech platform & its direct investing strategy.

Before joining SVB Capital, Dave was an investor at Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, the principal investment arm of Wells Fargo. While there, he focused on venture growth investments in the technology sector. He began his career with J.P. Morgan, working in the leveraged finance division of Investment Banking, where he was responsible for raising debt capital for sponsor buyout & M&A transactions.

Dave earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Georgia, as well as a master's degree in business administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in economics, analytic finance & entrepreneurship. He currently serves as a PropTech vertical lead at Emerging Venture Capitalists Association (EVCA), where he focuses on engagement & programming.

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About AWS

For almost 13 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world's most comprehensive & broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning & artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual & augmented reality (VR & AR), media, & application development, deployment, & management from 60 Availability Zones (AZs) within 20 geographic regions, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, & the UK. Millions of customers including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, & leading government agencies-trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, & lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

About SVB Financial Group

For 35 years, SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) & its subsidiaries have helped innovative companies & their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB Financial Group's businesses, including Silicon Valley Bank, offer commercial, investment & private banking, asset management, private wealth management, brokerage & investment services & funds management services to companies in the technology, life science & healthcare, private equity & venture capital, & premium wine industries. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, SVB Financial Group operates in centers of innovation around the world. Learn more at

About ZenDesk

Zendesk makes customer service better. We build software to meet customer needs, set your team up for success, & keep your business in sync. Zendesk was built upon a simple idea: make customer service software that's easy to use & accessible to everyone. We have expanded on that idea, & now offer a growing family of products that work together to improve customer relationships, & can be embedded & extended through an open development platform. Our products are easy to use & implement. They give organizations the flexibility to move quickly, focus on innovation, & scale with their growth. Our software is powerful & flexible, & scales to meet the needs of any business. Even yours. Learn more at

About Embroker

Business insurance is one of the oldest industries in the world. It is built on personal relationships rather than technological advancement. It's also dominated by long-established players. Until now. Embroker is a digitally-native business insurance company built from the ground up with modern technology to eliminate the inefficiencies that increase prices & lead to frustrating customer experiences. From machine learning to artificial intelligence, we use the latest technology to make policies more tailored, less expensive, & easier to purchase. Learn more at

About StartOut

StartOut is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering & developing entrepreneurship in the LGBT community. With over 60 annual events & a network of 15,000 strong nationwide, StartOut connects the entrepreneurial ecosystem, educates entrepreneurs on issues surrounding the business lifecycle & inspires the LGBT community by profiling out & successful founders. StartOut currently has chapters in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, with Denver, Seattle, & many more on in development. Join today to grow your network - accelerate your business - empower yourself & the LGBTQ Community. Visit & learn more.

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