The 11th Annual StartOut Awards

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The 11th Annual StartOut Awards

Join us for the 11th Annual StartOut Awards, recognizing and celebrating excellence and leadership in the LGBTQ+ entrepreneurial community!

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Tribeca Rooftop + 360° 10 Desbrosses Street New York, NY 10013

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

About this event


StartOut invites you to its annual gala, the LGBTQ+ entrepreneur event of the year, honoring entrepreneurs and business leaders for their accomplishments and personal commitment to the LGBTQ+ entrepreneur community.

Each award recognizes exceptional entrepreneurs for their vision, leadership, advocacy and achievement in entrepreneurship, and for being a source of true inspiration to the entire LGBTQ+ community.

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Jessica Kirson is a powerhouse on stage. She’s a hilariously relatable performer of sheer silliness, vulnerability, and ridiculous characters. Her countless comedic character videos have racked up over 50 million views on social media.

Jessica produced FX’s Hysterical, a feature-length documentary that premiered at SXSW 2021. The film explores the changing landscape of women in stand-up comedy and features Margaret Cho, Nikki Glazer, Chelsea Handler, Fortune Feimster, and other notable comedians. Her one-hour special Talking to Myself was executive produced by Bill Burr and debuted on Comedy Central. She is a regular on This Week at the Comedy Cellar and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, HBO’s, Crashing, and Kevin Can Wait. She also recently acted in and served as a consultant, producer, and writer on the Robert De Niro film The Comedian.

She was awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and received the prestigious Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian.” In her spare time, Jessica is a regular contributor to The Howard Stern Show, where she produces and stars in prank calls for the program.

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6:30 - Check In & Cocktail Reception

8:15 - Main Course Dinner

9:00 - Afterparty with Live DJ

10:30 - Goodnight!

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