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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 and industries regardless of their background.

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

The Equality Summit's programming will begin at 8:00am PDT / 11:00am EDT and will end by 2:00pm PDT / 5:00pm EDT, with networking opportunities immediately following.

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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 and there will be opportunities to network and meet with one another within the event platform. Email info@startout.org with any questions.

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Agenda

8:00AM PT / 11:00AM ET Welcome

8:30AM PT / 11:30AM ET Keynote Fireside

9:00AM PT / 12:00PM ET Break

9:15AM PT / 12:15PM ET Session Group 1

10:00AM PT / 1:00PM ET Break/Lunch

10:30AM PT / 1:30PM ET Session Group 2

11:15AM PT / 2:15PM ET Break

11:30AM PT / 2:30PM ET Session Group 3

12:15PM PT / 3:15PM ET Closing Session | Pioneer Award Presentation

1:00PM PT - 2:00PM PT / 4:00PM ET - 5:00PM 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 [9:15AM - 10AM PT /12:15PM ET - 1:00PM ET]

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 and 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 [10:30AM - 11:15 AM PT / 1:30PM ET - 2:15PM ET]

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 and 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 [11:30AM PT - 12:15PM PT / 2:30PM ET - 3:15PM ET]

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 and 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 SAP.io) - Session Group 1 [9:15AM - 10AM PT /12:15PM ET - 1:00PM ET]

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 and 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 [10:30AM - 11:15 AM PT / 1:30PM ET - 2:15PM ET]

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 and equity crowdfunding and each one has its own formula for success. In this session we'll hear from industry experts on how to find these opportunities and 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 and Navid Shahrestani (Sponsored by JPMC) - Session Group 3 [11:30AM PT - 12:15PM PT / 2:30PM ET - 3:15PM ET]

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

Investors Track

Journey to Becoming an Angel Investor - Session Group 1 [9:15AM - 10AM PT /12:15PM ET - 1:00PM ET]

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

Diversify Your Fund: How to Create Inclusive Space for Founders - Session Group 2 [10:30AM - 11:15 AM PT / 1:30PM ET - 2:15PM ET]

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 and take actions with pledges and accelerator programs targeting diverse founders. Join these panelists as they share how they are investing in diversity. Moderator: Alex Marshall Speakers: Elizabeth McCluskey, Jasmine Edwards, Brandon Brooks

The Blueprint for Growth for Diverse VC's - Session Group 3 [11:30AM PT - 12:15PM PT / 2:30PM ET - 3:15PM ET]

Underrepresented fund managers are emerging all over the country and 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 and people in your network to aid in your growth and development as a VC. Moderator: Kelley Henry Speakers: Vincent Diallo, Christine Tsai, Monique Woodard

Economy Track

LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs/ Community are Reshaping the Economy/ Landscape - Session Group 1 [9:15AM - 10AM PT /12:15PM ET - 1:00PM ET]

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 and make the case for more investment in LGBTQ+ led companies. Moderator: Irene Tang Speakers: Dr. Vivienne Ming, Todd Sears, Nicola Corzine

The Corporate Social Investor: How Companies are Supporting Underserved Founders (Sponsored by Vistaprint) - Session Group 2 [10:30AM - 11:15 AM PT / 1:30PM ET - 2:15PM ET]

Startups can innovate and 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 and have responded by creating new models for investment and partnership. Hear from organizations that have supported emerging businesses and why it often has zero to do with their personal financial bottom line. Moderator: Patrick Driscoll Speakers: Erin Shea, Chris Galang

Emerging Trends and the Future of LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurship (Sponsored by AWS) - Session Group 3 [11:30AM PT - 12:15PM PT / 2:30PM ET - 3:15PM ET]

The pandemic exposed various inequities, the lack of efficiency of some industries and 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 and what trends are on the horizon. Hear from LGBTQ+ founders on how they met the moment and what new challenges await them. Moderator: Sophia Zisook Speakers: Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Paolo Gaudiano, Ari Kalfayan

Speakers & Moderators


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Adrianna Samaniego Investor, Female Founders Fund


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AJ DeLeón Co-Founder & CEO, Innovare


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Alex Marshall, Director, Silicon Valley Bank


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Alicia Castillo Holley Founder, Women Get Funded


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Ari Kalfayan, Senior Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services


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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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Brandon Brooks, Founding Partner , Overlooked Ventures


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Brianna Rader, Co-Founder of Juicebox


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Candice Morgan, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Partner at GV


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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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Christine Tsai, Founder of 500 Global


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Christopher Galang, SVP, Diverse Customer Segments - Small Business at Wells Fargo


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Elizabeth Galbut Venture Capitalist | Managing Partner, SoGal Ventures


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Elizabeth Gore, Co-founder of Hello Alice


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Elizabeth McCluskey, Head of Discovery Fund | Director, CMFG Ventures


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Erin Shea, Director and Head of North America Marketing at Vistaprint


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


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Hillary Lin Co-Founder & CEO, Curio


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Irene Tang, SPEII Program Director, StartOut


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Jasmine Edwards, Executive Director at digitalundivided


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Jeff Tidwell Foudner, Next For Me


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Jessica Chin-Foo, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at KiwiTech


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Jules Allen SEO Director, Ayima


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Kelley Henry, VP, Portfolio Management & Ops, SVB


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Kelly McDonald Founder & CEO, Kyndoo


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Lora DiCarlo CEO & Founder, Lora DiCarlo


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Liz Skalla, Co-Founder of GIVN Foods Inc


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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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Navid Shahrestani, Executive Director - Venture Capital Group at JPMorgan Chase & Co.


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Nicola Corzine, Executive Director at Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center


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Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Senior Advisor + National LGBTQ Liaison, AARP


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Paolo Gaudiano, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist at Aleria


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Patrick Driscoll, Venture Lead, BMNT


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Rebecca Alvarez Story, Co-Founder & CEO, Bloomi


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Dr. Roshawnna Novellus CEO & Founder EnrichHER®


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Silvia Mah PhD, MBA, Investor | Advocate 4 diverse founders


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Sophia Zisook, Director, Organizational Partnerships, Hello Alice


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Todd Sears, Founder & CEO, Out Leadership


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Vincent Diallo Managing Partner, Interlace Ventures


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Dr. Vivienne Ming, Founder and Executive Chair at Socos Labs

Keynote Speakers


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Jonathan Mildenhall, Co-founder & Chair, TwentyFirstCenturyBrand


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Rachel Williams, Head of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity, X the moonshot factory

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 18,000+ 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 www.startout.org 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 18,000+ 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 www.startout.org and follow @StartOut to learn more.

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