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Aug 3, 2019
Rappel for Her 2019
200 Market Building

Be Bold! Rappel for her: the strong, smart, bold girls in our community on August 2-3rd at 200 Market Street, Portland. Spots are limited. Grab yours today by registering to raise $1,000 for Girls Inc. PNW!

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest inspires girls ages 6-18 to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. Every day, we push our girls out of their comfort zones through our gender-specific and research-based curricula. Now, in honor of the 2,200 girls that we serve annually, we are asking our community to be bold as well by rappelling 17 stories down the 200 Market Street building! The event is 100% safe, and being hosted in partnership with our friends at Over the Edge USA.

Sep 20, 2018
First Annual Women in Science Portland Fundraising Gala

The WIS Fundraising Gala is designed to be a “choose your own adventure” experience. We will have a number of activity stations and fundraising options to choose from, the majority of which will feature female owned and operated businesses.

We are most excited about our silent auction for the St. Mary’s Art Club series depicting famous Women in Science! Students from the St. Mary’s Art Club will be attending and showcasing their work at the gala and donating the proceeds of their auction to WIS. We will also have a range of items available via the raffle, grab bag, and silent auction.

Our goal is to raise enough money to cover the costs of our standard yearly programming, including the annual networking Mixer at OMSI, in addition to new Professional Development and Education & Outreach programming that we would like to roll out in 2019.

Early bird tickets are available at a 25% discount. You will receive an additional 10% discount for purchasing 2 or more tickets at one time.

Dec 6, 2016
Business Law and Fundraising Fundamentals for Startups and Startup Advisors

A full day of great advice and discussion around building your company on a solid legal and regulatory foundation, raising funds successfully and legally and avoiding common missteps that distract and derail new businesses.

Lunch is provided and there will be a well-known lunch time speaker, soon to be announced, who will talk about the local fund raising market and recent deals.

In this engaging day-long course you'll learn how to:

  • Pick the right business structure and domicile.
  • Meet basic licensing, registration and tax requirements.
  • Establish appropriate governance practices.
  • Identify and protect critical intellectual property.
  • Structure and manage key relationships with co-founders, investors, employees and other stake holders.
  • Negotiate better contracts with partners, suppliers and customers.
  • Develop a successful financing strategy from seed round to C round.
  • Understand and negotiate VC term sheets, plus other advice for successful fundraising.
  • Organize and manage a data room to support financings and M&A.
  • Identify and meet key regulatory requirements.
  • Prevent, manage and resolve commercial disputes and other conflicts.
Oct 24, 2013
Startup fundraising workshop with Mike Buckley (Nike Digital and Intel Capital)
Columbia Square 8th Floor Conference Room

By Popular demand Founder Institute Portland is happy to present a workshop dedicated to early-stage fundraising.

Mike Buckley, Head of Finance and Strategy at Nike Digital, and previously Managing Director of Intel Capital, will join us to talk about how they’re working with Startups, and share his insights into early-stage fundraising and growth.

Afterward the local FI directors, Wade Brooks and Andrew Beldin, will facilitate a workshop on early stage fundraising 101 -- great tips, big pitfalls to avoid, pitching skills, building a killer pitch deck, etc. Wade and Andrew are both experienced startup fundraisers and investors.

Nov 7, 2013
Developing a Great Startup Idea with Mark Frohnmayer, CEO of Arcimoto
Columbia Square 8th Floor Conference Room

If you have an idea for a startup that could use some refinement, then join us for the Startup Ideation Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas and even recruit potential co-founders. What are the components of a great idea? How do you know if you are working in an attractive market? How do you validate that your idea is great?

Apr 9, 2019
Access Portland by the Female Founders Alliance
Custom House/WeWork

Access PDX is open to all genders of founders and future founders.

The Female Founders Alliance Access Series is designed to help founders move their business forward by fostering meaningful connections with the people and organizations that are most difficult to access for underrepresented founders. Access PDX addresses the top three things women and non-binary founders need the most: access to investors, partners and media.

Through a combination of panels, 1:1 VIP coaching, founder AMAs, and facilitated networking, our guest speakers and coaches will meaningfully support founders in their area of business expertise. Founders will leave with new connections and newfound wisdom in an area of their business.

Confirmed VIPs include Seattle and Portland angel investors, representatives from Voyager Capital, Oregon Venture Fund, Seven Peaks Ventures, Portland Seed Fund, Trilogy Equity Partners, FoundersPad and more to be announced.

Sep 10, 2019
Coffee w/ Co-Founders - Early Stage Fundraising Panel
Custom House/WeWork

Fundraising for your early stage startup is difficult. It's made even more difficult with the recent trend of smaller pre-revenue funding in the region. This month we will sit down with some area panelist to discuss funding trends, funding alternatives, and what can be done to get early stage companies better access to capital that can help take their companies to the next level.

This will be a "leave your feelings at the door" conversation. We will touch on what is really to blame for the lack of early stage funding access. Whether that means looking at local and regional funding resources that seemed to have dried up, to whether founders have companies that are investible.

Panelists: Josh Carter - Manager, WeWork Labs (Moderator) Nicole Schmidt - CEO/Co-Founder @ krowdsourced Geoff Harris - Partner @ Flying Fish VC Ross Barbieri - Angel Investor/EiR @ Portland State's Business Accelerator

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

Mar 2, 2016
VENUE CHANGE: Founders Institute - Startup Funding 101: How to Raise Capital for Your Idea

At this free fundraising workshop, We will host a successful Entrepreneur who has successfully raised capital for their company and experienced Investor that funds startups, will walk you through the process to raise capital for your own idea.

This is NOT a startup pitch competition, or an opportunity to pitch investors your ideas.

Oct 3, 2017
Nonprofit Tech Roundup: Digital Strategy
through Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

This is your opportunity to learn about effective strategies for creating engaging content on your website and across the web, designing and evaluating digital campaigns with social media and email marketing, and integrating your online efforts to maximize participation and donations.

Technology will continue to change and the nonprofit sector cannot afford to be left behind. This two-day conference will educate, inspire, and prepare nonprofit professionals to implement or advance their organizational digital strategies, and campaigns. Attendees will participate in educational sessions and hands-on workshops, and have the opportunity to networ

Apr 23
Panel at the Pub: Funding Options and Solutions for Startups
Georgie's Garage & Grill, 606 Broadway St., Vancouver, WA 98660

Are you ready to take your startup to the next level? Join us for an insightful event tailored specifically for early-stage startups like yours, where we'll delve into the various funding options available to fuel your growth.

At this event, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable insights into alternative funding avenues and understand how these options can kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Learn about the nuances of angel investment, including how to attract angel investors, what they look for in startups, and how to navigate the angel investment landscape effectively.
  • Explore the world of venture funding and understand the key considerations for securing venture capital, including pitching strategies, valuation, and investor expectations.
  • Network with fellow entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to forge meaningful connections and potentially uncover new opportunities for collaboration and support.

Whether you're seeking your first round of funding or looking to expand your existing funding sources, this event is designed to equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to make informed decisions for your startup's future success.

Panel: Donn Dimond, TiE Oregon Angels Stephanie Kunert, Bank of America Brandon Ross, Elevate Capital

Nov 12, 2015
Mid Month MO-Celebration
Goorin Brothers

MOVEMBER is here for Men and Women to raise awareness and money for Men's health issues around the GLOBE! In support of this, we are hosting a MOVEMBER Mid Month celebration!

We will be celebrating with cool raffle items and free giveaways at multiple stores along the street! Come out to support men's health and hang out for free happy hour drinks and music!

Hosted by Goorins Hat Shop, Will Leather and Marine Layer with support from Portland Beardsmen, Buffalo Trace and music by Hot Damn Scandal. Follow the FB event for additional sponsors!

Jun 25, 2009
PDX 501 Tech Club: eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Discussion
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Ever wonder how your email list stacks up against other nonprofits?

M+R Strategic Services and NTEN released a new eNonprofit Benchmarks Study for 2009 (Download the report at We've analyzed online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from 32 leading nonprofit organizations to provide you with reliable new data, answering questions like:

* How is the financial crisis affecting online fundraising?
* How do my targeted emails, appeals to non-donors, phone call alerts, and more compare to those of other nonprofits?
* For state-based or local groups, what's a good email response rate

Karen Matheson, M+R Strategic Services will cover key findings on fundraising and advocacy metrics, explore what the data tells us about industry-wide changes, provide key metrics to analyze your organization's online program and take questions about the study and nonprofit online metrics.

She will also offer up real-world advice and research-based best practices for communicating effectively with your membership, helping maintain and develop supporters, build relationships, and sharing your story.

Agenda: 5:30 Networking

6:00 Presentation with Q/A

7:00 More Networking

Karen Matheson is the Manager of Quantitative Research and Analysis at M+R Strategic Services and provides strategic data analysis for a range of M+R's eCampaigns clients, including the Human Rights Campaign, Oxfam America, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and graduate coursework in statistics and analysis, Karen has a strong quantitative research background. In addition to co-authoring M+R and NTEN's eNonprofit Benchmarks Study (, Karen regularly researches and co-authors articles about best online communications strategies using data from several national nonprofits.

Please email Anna at [email protected] or Donna Arriaga at [email protected] with any questions.

Apr 27, 2010
2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference: Session Takeaways from Attendees
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

The 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference took place April 8-10, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. Nearly 1,450 nptechies came together to learn & connect about using technology to create more social change in our jobs and in the world.

Join us for our April meetup when Portland attendees will share resources and takeaways from the sessions they attended. More details to come with specific sessions to be covered but please mark your calenders now as it will be a lively discussion with lots of tips and tricks learned from the top nonprofit technologists in the county.

In the meanwhile, you can find 2010 NTC Session Materials on Slideshare.

Feb 23, 2019
4th Annual Woman Led (Un)conference and Fundraising Panel
NedSpace Broadway


Purchase Tickets Here:

Join as at the upcoming 4th Annual Woman Led (un)Conference! This annual event brings together local business owners to create an open and ongoing dialogue, share their experiences and resources, and to expand their network of like minded people in their community.

The Unconference follows an open format, where the topics discussed are driven by the participants and their interests and needs. We will begin the day with some time to meet other participants, followed by an introduction to the Unconference format and creation of the days agenda!

This years (un)Conference will be followed by a Fundraising Panel featuring an amazing group of women with a lot to teach us about how to get your business funded. We are excited to welcome:

Sara Batterby of The Batterby Group who has working in Venture Capital, has raised money as the co-founder of Hi-Fi farms, and now helps other women business owners get the funding they need.

Jill Keulher of Freeland Spirits. Jill left a long career in Nonprofits to start the first woman owned and run distillery in the country. In only a couple years she has successfully raised 2 rounds of funding and has enjoyed critical acclaim.

Julia Niiro of MilkRun. Julia launched MilkRun in 2017 after falling in love with small scale farming, but seeing first hand the difficulty of being a small scale producer. MilkRun was created to solve the marketing and logistics hurdles of small producers, using technology to replicate joint collection and delivery.


Woman Led is a local nonprofit that brings together women entrepreneurs for peer-to-peer mentorship Mastermind Groups. We are working to expand the community of women leaders who are building profitable & sustainable businesses that will positively impact the economy. Together we are working to create a world where women have equitable access to opportunity, support & success.


9:00am-9.30am // Coffee & networking 9.30am-10:00am // Welcome 10:30am-11:30am // Overview and Group Agenda Setting 11:30am-12:15pm // Session 1 12:15pm-1:00pm // Session 2 1:00pm-1:45pm // Lunch 1:45pm-2:15pm // Session 3 2:15pm-3:00pm // Session 4 3:00pm-4:00pm // Fundraising Panel

Apr 4, 2019
Fundraising For Startups - Getting Equitable Access To Capital
Nike Valiant Labs

Join us for this power hour workshop focused on helping historically underserved founders get access to startup capital. About this Event


Are you a startup founder who wants to learn more about getting access to capital to grow your business? Or have you already gone through a painful process raising capital and want to do it with more confidence, competence, and control the next time around?

If that sounds like you, you’re going to love this one hour workshop!

Legacy fundraising relies on access and entitlement, rather than skills to win. So what does that mean for those of us who have been excluded from those networks? How do founders with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and identities gain access to capital?

In this one-hour workshop, you’ll discover:

The #1 barrier for founders to get equitable access to capital (and it’s probably not what you think!) The “normal” raise process vs the effective raise process The top 3 things you can start doing immediately to build confidence, competence, and capability for your raise The Equity Capital Collective™ (EqCo - pronounced "echo") offers consulting and training for early and growth-stage startup founders. Our mission is to enable and empower entrepreneurs who have been excluded from access to capital, networks, and resources, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQIA communities.

Our founder community learns a unique tactical and strategic fundraising methodology that develops critical skills and insights and addressing the fundamental internal barriers associated with an unequal experience of entitlement.

Founders gain confidence, competence, and capability as they lead their raise, break open critical influence networks and deliver innovative ventures that embrace a broader community of stakeholders in both investment and returns.

Together, we’re insisting on a more equitable landscape of opportunity and access for a greater diversity of founders.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.


All founders and future founders who are considering raising capital for their startup.


This event is free of charge.


Sara Batterby has spent 20+ years launching and building companies in high growth emerging markets. Sara Batterby founded, funded and built Hifi Farms, one of Oregon's most progressive and visible cannabis brands. Prior to that she spent 20 years building and funding startups in the Bay Area. She has deep expertise on both the founder and investor side of early stage capital having developed portfolio and risk management strategies for seed stage investors and funds. She currently leads The Equity Capital Collective which advises founders and funds on raising money and expands access to capital for women, people of color and LGBTQ founders.

Examples of client achievements after working with Sara:

An Oregon biotech company raised $4M in Series A funding - oversubscribed by $1M after 90 days A California cannabis retail company raised 2.2M in seed funding - oversubscribed by $6M An Oregon food and beverage company raised $430k in seed funding - oversubscribed in four months ABOUT THE EQUITY CAPITAL COLLECTIVE (EqCo)

The Equity Capital Collective™ (EqCo) offers consulting and training for early and growth-stage startup founders. Our mission is to enable and empower entrepreneurs who have been traditionally excluded from access to capital, resources, and networks, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQIA founders.

Through our high-value training and workshops, founders gain confidence, competence, and capability as they lead their raise, break open critical influence networks and deliver innovative ventures that embrace a broader community of stakeholders in both investment and returns.


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Grab a drink + snack, get settled, and make a friend or two 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Access to Capital Workshop (includes Q+A) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Make a few more friends and move on to the next Portland Startup Week event ACCESSIBILITY

This event is in an ADA compliant building with the workshop on the ground floor. Gender neutral restrooms are available.


The The Equity Capital Collective™ offers consulting and training for early and growth-stage startup founders.

To learn more about The Equity Capital Collective™, please visit our website at

Oct 1, 2008
PDX 501 Tech Club: Putting Your Web Site to Work – Strategies for Acquiring and Cultivating Donors
Old Town Pizza, 226 NW Davis

Please note the recent location change

For as long as there has been fundraising, there have been two cornerstone strategies: acquisition and cultivation. Join us to take a look at some of the ways – including email marketing, online events, and social media – that nonprofits are using the Web to acquire new supporters and reinforce relationships with those already supporting.

SCHEDULE: 5:30 Networking 6:00 Presentation 6:30 More networking

Chad Norman and Allison Van Diest from BlackBaud will give us top ten tactics organizations are deploying over the web to support their goals.

Chad Norman is the Internet Marketing Manager for Blackbaud, where he is responsible for corporate website content, social web strategy, email marketing, community management, and search engine optimization. Chad is editor-in-chief of Blackbaud Blogs, where he also writes his own blog "Webby Things". As host and producer of The Baudcast, he brings together industry experts from around the world to discuss nonprofit technology issues on this biweekly podcast. In 2007, Chad founded Go Green Charleston, a technology-focused nonprofit that helps Charleston-area residents connect, stay informed, and mobilize around local environmental issues. Chad has spoken for groups like AMA, PRSA, and NAYDO, and his work has been featured by The Nonprofit Times, Fundraising Well,, and

The Portland 501 Tech Club is growing with your participation and turning into one of the hottest new places to learn, connect, and CHANGE within the Portland community! This is a fantastic way to keep conversations, learning opportunities and networking going throughout the community.

If you haven't already, please join the Portland 501 Tech Club at Please email Anna at [email protected] or Donna at [email protected] with any questions

Mar 31, 2022
OTBC: Preparing for Seed Funding

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, March 31 from 1-2 PM to hear from an experienced Seed Fund Manager, Robert Pease of Cascade Seed Fund, an active Angel Investor Raul Krivoy, and entrepreneur Lauren Schneider who co-founded TrovaTrip and has raised funds to launch her company.

Learn what investors expect from you in the way of a business plan, financials, and market validation. Are there "tips" you can learn about successfully raising money to build your business? What does the current market look like for an entrepreneur to raise money?

Jan 22, 2019
Startup Founders in Tech [1on1 Conversations over Video]

Startup Founders of Tech Startups Only

We're startup founders building tech products to solve problems in the world. 

We come together from different backgrounds and industries and it's this diversity that makes group members valuable to one another. Some of us code. Others do marketing. Some of us think we'll be fundraising forever... No matter, we've got overlapping challenges and experiences to share with each other for what to do (and just as importantly what not to do).

So, if you're looking to get smarter and move faster with your business, join us. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific. 

Reach out if you have questions. 


PS - If you're interested but not yet in the group, it's easy to join. RSVP for this event and I'll follow-up. We want to ensure the group remains as promised... a group of Startup Founders in Tech

Feb 19, 2019
Tech Startup Pitch Practice [Online Meetaway]
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

This event is exclusively for technology startup founders. Founders, this is a risk-free way for you to get feedback on your investor pitch and stack the odds in your favor. If you want to raise funding for your venture, then this event is for you.

We're running this event over Meetaway -- the format is back-to-back 1on1 conversations over video call where you'll have the ability to pitch and get feedback from a number of other founders. It's efficient and a great way to get targeted feedback in a low-stakes setting.

RSVP and we'll send you a link to join.

The event is at Feb 19, 5-6pm Pacific.

May 28, 2019
Tech Startup Founders [1on1 Conversations over Video]
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

Founders of Tech Startups Only

We come together from different backgrounds and industries and it's this diversity that makes group members valuable. We collaborate and share tips on what’s worked and just as important… what hasn’t worked to grow our startups.

RSVP for this event and I'll follow-up. We’re a no-sales group and I work to keep the group as promised -- a group of Tech Startup Founders.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1-2pm Pacific.

Feb 5, 2019
Startup Coffee Hour Meetaway
Online. You'll get a link when you register

For people working in startups or around the startup scene, Startup Coffee Hour is a 1-hour agendaless and speakerless event where you’ll meet new people and have the opportunity to talk about what you care about.

We're running this event over Meetaway -- the format is back-to-back 1on1 conversations over video call where you'll have the ability to choose who you meet. It's an efficient way to digest a thought with other entrepreneurs and get back to your day.

RSVP and we'll send you a link to join.

Jul 26, 2017
Crowdfunding Panel Event: Fund Your Big Idea
Ruby Receptionists HQ -Fox Tower

Have you considered crowdfunding to launch your big idea? Or, have you done the research and felt overwhelmed by the process of crowdfunding, and wished you could ask someone that has been there and done that? Now is your chance! Our panelists, Marguerite Svendson from the Coolest Cooler Campaign, Tara O’Mara from PDX Pet Design Campaign, and Jessica Chan from the Winkpens (now operating as Modern Human Instruments) Campaign covering the ins and outs of crowdfunding strategy and the do’s and don’ts of running a successful campaign. Combined these panelists raised nearly 14 million in crowdfunding money with their campaigns! Amazing Women. We'll have an amazing time.

May 5, 2014
Secret Knowledge of Crowd Funding

It’s an exciting time for artists, musicians, and creative business people. Crowd funding has become an increasingly commonplace way to get financing for creative projects and business ideas.

The concept is simple: Explain what you’re planning to accomplish in a compelling way and offer small incentives to reward people who support your plan. Get a lot of people to give small amounts, enough to fund your project.

This workshop will cover time-tested nonprofit fundraising principals and show you how to apply these principles to your individual crowd funding campaign. You’ll leave with a easy-to-follow framework for planning and implementing a successful crowd funding campaign.

We’ll look at critical elements such as:

  • Setting an appropriate fundraising goal

  • Identifying the potential backers you already know

  • Giving levels and backer rewards

  • Promoting your campaign

  • Writing an effective appeal

We’ll also take a look at some case studies of successful crowd funding campaigns and discuss what made them successful.

UPDATE: This is now a FREE FREE FREE event. (suggested donation $5 - $15)

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Dec 18, 2014
Secret Knowledge of Crowd Funding

Time tested fundraising wisdom you need to finance your next album, publication, business idea, or art project.

This workshop will cover time-tested nonprofit fundraising principals and show you how to apply these principles to your individual crowd funding campaign. You’ll leave with a easy-to-follow framework for planning and implementing a successful crowd funding campaign.

Free ($5 - $15 suggested donation). Let us know you're coming. Registration is free (and optional)

Instructor: Noah Kleiman

Secret Knowledge offers free/low-cost workshops aimed at giving working class artists, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs the tech & business skills they need to succeed.

Apr 16
TAO AI & Data Community: Raising capital
UpStart Collective Westside

Looking to raise capital for your AI or data science-based venture? Considering creating a startup in this space? Join the TAO AI & Data Community to hear from and engage with VCs, CEOs and funders in this informative event focused on best practices in finding external capital to launch or grow your business. Panels include some of the leading PNW VCs as well as alternative funding sources, and from CEOs with recent successful fundraising experience. This event will fill up fast, so register now!

Apr 22, 2020
TiE Women - Demonstrating Confidence in the Pitch Room
Zoom Conference

TiE Women is dedicated to Embrace, Engage and Empower women entrepreneurs across the globe. The program is aligned with TiE’s foundational pillars focused on fostering women entrepreneurs. The sector-agnostic program is focused on women entrepreneurs, irrespective of the size of their enterprises, origins, standing or background.

Join us on the evening of April 22nd where several successful investors and entrepreneurs will share how to demonstrate confidence when presenting to potential funding sources.

Apr 15, 2021
Early Stage Fundraising AMA
Zoom Webinar

StartOUT's VC/Fundraising Programming Board Presents an "Ask Me Anything" discussion on early stage fundraising paneled by some of today's leading stars in the investment arena!

For a founder trying to raise funding, sometimes it seems like the whole process is just a knotted mess of confusion. Wouldn't it be nice to have a room full of qualified investors to simply answer your questions and help untangle the process? Come to StartOUT's Early Stage Fundraising AMA for just that opportunity.

We've assembled a group of today's leading investors who understand the value of diversity and inclusion and are willing to answer your most pressing questions. Questions will be answered during the event, no need to submit in advance, so bring them with you.


Kelli Jones, Managing Partner - Sixty8 Capital Lorenzo Thione, Managing Director - Gaingels Charlie O'Donnell, Founder/General Partner - Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Rei Tran, Investment Associate - Acceleprise


Jessica Bussert, Founder/CEO - Wave Therapeutics

StartOut, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the largest national organization to support LGBTQ entrepreneurs with 17,000 members nationwide. Its mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs start new companies; supports current entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses; and engages successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors, on its online portal and through targeted events nationwide.