2021 StartOut Demo Day

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Join StartOut entrepreneurs as they present their solutions at StartOut Demo Day

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Join StartOut entrepreneurs as they present their solutions at StartOut Demo Day, generously sponsored by AWS and SVB, in partnership with Comcast LIFT Labs and Twilio. 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 and corporate partners, with a public audience to cheer you on and network with after. Top prizes include $5k for first place, $3k for second place, and $2k for third place winner. Join us for an evening of discussion among some of the brightest entrepreneurs and investors in our community.

Schedule (in PDT)

4:00pm: Welcome and Judge Introductions

4:15pm: Pitches Begin

5:05pm: Meet with the Founders and Sponsors

5:25pm: Winners Announced

5:20pm: Networking

Demo Day - Event Platform

Demo Day will take place virtually on the Filo 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 and there will be opportunities to network and meet with one another within the event platform. Email with any questions.


Elizabeth Dell - Amorus

Paige Williams - AudPop

Cyrell Roberson - Jubily

Samir Tendulkar - Khal

Russell Silver-Fagan - KleenWraps

Rose Elliott - Komplyd

Kory Kelly - Legal Karma

Jessica Bussert - Wave Therapeutics


Densil R. Porteous (he / him / his) is CEO of Pride Fund 1 and Stonewall Columbus. With a keen interest in the tech and startup, Porteous has advised and worked with partners like Varsity Group, Zinch acquired by Chegg, Vireo Labs, Ulyngo (acquired by Modo Labs), Acceptd, RaiseMe, Rev1 Ventures, Juggle, TicketFire, GetAccepted (acquired by The Princeton Review), and LEAP. Densil has served in executive leadership roles on several local, regional, and national boards while having had a notable career in nonprofit administration.

Arjun Arora (he / him / his) advises funds, startups, and Fortune 100 companies. He enjoys assisting startup companies in Silicon Valley with strategic planning, monetization, and funding. Arjun was a Partner at 500 Startups, Founder & CEO of ReTargeter (acquired by Sellpoints in 2015), and head of business development @ Yahoo! Real Estate. Arjun has spoken about entrepreneurship internationally (Europe, Asia, and the Middle East), and was recognized at the: White House, United Nations (UN), and the Global Summit for Entrepreneurship, for his success and commitment to a values-centered organization. He also holds a BSc, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science / Entrepreneurship & Technology from UC Berkeley.

Rei Tran (she / her / hers) was a strategy and management consultant at Accenture then a forward deployed engineer at Palantir before joining Acceleprise as an investor. She's worked for clients across a multitude of verticals including tech, healthcare, utilities, retail, nonprofit, and government. She enjoys working on pro bono civic tech projects in her free time.

Ari Kalfayan (he / him / his) 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 and achieve product market fit. Ari is also an early stage startup investor through his new syndication, Next Wave AI.

Ali Rosenthal (she / her / hers) is the founder and managing partner of Leadout Capital, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in non-traditional teams in high potential markets. Rosenthal was head of Facebook Mobile BD & Partnerships from 2006-2011 where she helped to scale the mobile user base to 350M. She was a member of the investment teams at Greylock and General Atlantic and began a career in finance at Goldman Sachs.

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About AWS

For almost 13 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and 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, and the UK. Millions of customers including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

About SVB Financial Group

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

About Twilio Startups

Millions of developers around the world have used Twilio to unlock the magic of communications to improve any human experience. Twilio has democratized communications channels like voice, text, chat, video, and email by virtualizing the world’s communications infrastructure through APIs that are simple enough for any developer to use, yet robust enough to power the world’s most demanding applications. By making communications a part of every software developer’s toolkit, Twilio is enabling innovators across every industry — from emerging leaders to the world’s largest organizations — to reinvent how companies engage with their customers. Twilio Startups is designed for pre-Series A startups looking to launch and scale their customer engagement strategy with Twilio and/or Twilio SendGrid. For eligible founders, Twilio Startups provides product credits, invites to events, and access to resources and the Twilio Startups team. Learn more at

LIFT Labs is a comprehensive program that provides startup know-how and access to founders who are influencing the future of connectivity, media, and entertainment. LIFT Labs helps elevate startups through programming, mentorship from Comcast NBCUniversal leaders and partners, and educational resources designed to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. To learn more about LIFT Labs, sign up for their newsletter today.

About StartOut

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

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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.

Visit and follow @StartOut to learn more.

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