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StartOut is excited to present the 2nd Annual StartOut Equity Summit, a virtual event that will focus on ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to thrive across geographies & industries regardless of their background.

The Summit is envisioned as an environment for dialogue & action where every participant is prepared to share insights, reflect on experiences, & be prepared to pose new questions & reframe old answers. This Summit aspires to be dynamic, exploratory, & honest. We work to understand lived experiences, while shifting the conversations forward towards actionable initiatives.

The Equality Summit's programming will begin at 11:00am EDT / 8:00am PDT & will end by 4:00pm EDT / 1:00pm PDT, with networking opportunities immediately following.

Equity Summit - Event Platform

The 2nd Annual StartOut Equity summit will take place virtually on the Filo platform.

Registrants will receive their unique links to join within 48-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.

11:00AM ET - 11:30AM ET..............Welcome

11:30AM ET....................................Keynote Speaker

12:00PM ET....................................Break

12:15PM ET - 1:00PM ET................Session Group 1

1:00PM ET 1:30PM ET....................Break/Lunch

1:30PM ET - 2:15PM ET..................Session Group 2

2:15PM ET......................................Break

2:30PM ET - 3:15PM ET..................Session Group 3

3:15PM ET......................................Closing Session

4:00PM ET......................................Networking

Tracks & Sessions
We will have 3 Session Groups during the event. Each Session Group will consist of 4 Tracks broadcasting simultaneously. You can view Track descriptions below.

Founder- How To Track
How to Navigate a Tech Startup as a Non-Technical Founder - Session Group 1

Starting any company is an uphill battle, but starting a tech company as a non-technical founder can feel insurmountable. How to find a developer? What are the right questions to ask? How do I navigate moving from a prototype, to an MVP to beta testing. In this conversation we'll hear from founders who answered these questions & how their company evolved along the way. Moderator: Jules Allen Speakers: Hillary Lin, Evita Grant, Arthur Woods

Ageism in Entrepreneurship (Sponsored by AARP) - Session Group 2

If you were to be asked what an entrepreneur looks like, most people would imagine a young 20 something year old ready to shake things up. In this session, we welcome you to join various founders that are showing that entrepreneurship isn't a "young person's game". They will share their experiences launching later in life & how their journey has been. Moderator: Nii-Quartelai Quartey Speakers: Chip Conley, Jeff Tidwell, Betty Wong

Raising Intimacy: How SexTech Companies Raised Venture Capital - Session Group 3

Sextech is estimated to become a $37 billion dollar industry by 2023. Despite this, it's a challenge to find investors that are open to attaching their name to a historically taboo topic. Hear from founders that have successfully raised investment for their startups, what pitfalls to avoid when pitching & what challenges they still face. Moderator: Adrianna Samaniego Speakers: Lora DiCarlo, Brianna Rader, Rebecca Alvarez Story

Access To Capital Track
Pitching your Authentic Self to Investors (Sponsored by - Session Group 1

Pitching your startup is arguably one of the most important parts of your launch! In this session, learn about what investors look for in a pitch, how to present your business model at every stage & how to maintain your authentic self every step of the way. Moderator: Max Kahn Speakers: Kelly McDonald, AJ DeLeon, Alicia Castillo Holley, PhD

The Unusual Suspects: Alternative Avenues for Funding - Session Group 2

Venture Capital is often the primary method of funding that founders focus on but it's not the only one. There have been an increasing number of options for funding startups from grants, to revenue based investment & equity crowdfunding & each one has its own formula for success. In this session we'll hear from industry experts on how to find these opportunities & what qualifications a company needs to successfully secure the capital. Moderator: Jessica Chin-Foo Speakers: Liz Skalla, Cheryl Campos, Dr. Roshawnna Novellus

Beyond the Check: A Fireside Chat with Elizabeth Gore & Navid Shahrestani (Sponsored by JPMC) - Session Group 3

Investor & Founder relationships can be complex but once you find the right groove, they can be very rewarding & successful. Join Elizabeth & Navid as they share their journey "beyond the check". They will share initial impressions, lessons learned & how to maximize your relationship with your investor.

Investors Track
Journey to Becoming an Angel Investor - Session Group 1

According to recent research, angel investing has seen about $3 billion invested each year since 2014. More & more people are taking the plunge & investing in a broad range of ventures. But when is the right time? How do you get started & how do you source deals? This session will cover everything you need to know to get started! Speakers: Silvia Mah, Pocket Sun, Lorine Pendleton

Diversify Your Fund: How to Create Inclusive Space for Founders - Session Group 2

As Venture Capital continues to grow, there is a responsibility to create diverse funds free from bias. In recent years we have seen efforts from some funds to be accountable & take actions with pledges & accelerator programs targeting diverse founders. Join these panelists as they share how they are investing in diversity. Speakers: Elizabeth McCluskey, Jasmine Edwards

The Blueprint for Growth for Diverse VC's - Session Group 3

Underrepresented fund managers are emerging all over the country & have invested in overlooked companies that have yielded positive returns. Expertise comes from experience but gaining that experience is often a barrier for first time fund managers or someone just starting out in Venture Capital. This session will focus on how to find the resources & people in your network to aid in your growth & development as a VC. Speakers: Vincent Diallo, Christine Tsai, Monique Woddard

Economy Track
LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs/ Community are Reshaping the Economy/ Landscape - Session Group 1

LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs often have an outsized impact on the economy relative to the funding they receive. In this session we'll dive into the impact that these entrepreneurs have & make the case for more investment in LGBTQ+ led companies. Speakers: Dr. Vivienne Ming

The Corporate Social Investor: How Companies are Supporting Underserved Founders (Sponsored by Vistaprint) - Session Group 2

Startups can innovate & pivot on various market opportunities faster than larger more established companies but lack the same level of capital to accelerate their ideas. Corporate leaders have become increasingly focused on Social Responsibility & have responded by creating new models for investment & partnership. Hear from organizations that have supported emerging businesses & why it often has zero to do with their personal financial bottom line.

Emerging Trends & the Future of LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurship - Session Group 3

The pandemic exposed various inequities, the lack of efficiency of some industries & in some cases, completely reshaped the way that industries do business. In a post-COVID world how do these industries need to pivot to meet the needs of their customers & what trends are on the horizon. Hear from LGBTQ+ founders on how they met the moment & what new challenges await them. Moderator: Nii-Quartelai Quartey


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Adrianna Samaniego Investor, Female Founders Fund

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AJ DeLen Co-Founder & CEO, Innovare

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Alicia Castillo Holley Founder, Women Get Funded

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Arthur Woods Co-Founder at Mathison | Entrepreneur, Author, Investor | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Speaker

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Betty Wong Founder & Sr. Consultant, CEO Global Resources Inc | Co-Founder, Stage2Startups

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Cheryl Campos Head of Venture Growth & Partnerships, Republic

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Chris Conley Founder, Modern Elder Academy

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Elizabeth Galbut Venture Capitalist | Managing Partner, SoGal Ventures

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Evita Grant, PhD Doctor of Law, MIT, Harvard - CEO & Founder of TecHustle

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Hillary Lin Co-Founder & CEO, Curio

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Jeff Tidwell Foudner, Next For Me

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Jules Allen SEO Director, Ayima

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Kelly McDonald Founder & CEO, Kyndoo

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Lora DiCarlo CEO & Founder, Lora DiCarlo

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Lorine Pendleton, Esq. VC at Portfolia Rising America Fund

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Max Kahn Head of Growth, SAP.iO Foundries at SAP

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Monique Woodard Founder & Managing Partner, Cake Ventures

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Dr. Roshawnna Novellus CEO & Founder EnrichHER

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Vincent Diallo Managing Partner, Interlace Ventures

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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