32 Remarkable LGBTQ Companies to Watch
Happy LGBTQ Pride month! StartOut is the national non-profit dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in the LGBTQ community, and today we are highlighting companies owned or operated by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer folks as part of our mission to empower LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.
Enjoy a brief description of each company as well as a fun fact in the spirit of #LGBTQ+ Pride!
misterb&b is a 500 Startups alumni. Matthieu Jost, misterb&b co-founder & CEO, was the person to pitch at demo day. Unknown to all was his very intense stage fright. Yet, as it turned out, Matthieu was awarded best demo pitch from the batch!
The co-founders of revolucion are married and met in a spin class years before launching their fitness brand.
One component of our platform is to highlight LGBTQ-owned businesses to those interested. SquadCierge was also selected as one of 24 invitees (by far the earliest stage) to present to a crowd of 15k+ at Money 2020 in Las Vegas.
You left your heart in San Francisco, and then it PoppedUp! PopUpsters is a Westly Young Innovator, Peoples Choice in the 1776.vc Challenge Cup and Global Urban Innovator in the New Cities Foundation.
Coming Out NFP
Coming Out is a young organization (just over a year old) dedicated to building a massive, diverse collection of stories that makes it easy for anyone to find a story they can relate to. Submit yours on the site!
If you want to get involved, they have room for volunteers and Board members.
King & Stone
King & Stone was only able to get started after the US Supreme Court legalized marriage equality. One of the Co-Founders is from the Netherlands and he could not risk his work visa to live in the USA until he got his green card via legalized marriage equality!
The name Chippr (chipper) came about when the founder was searching for synonyms of “gay” and “happy”.
The founder started DwellCity because he loved engineering, construction and interior design — those three parts of himself combined well, into Dwell…City! After owning a few homes, he wanted to make the processes of investing and leasing real estate seamless, so that is what DwellCity is doing!
Zeguro has a proud, diverse team — 60% LGBTQ team, 50% LGBTQ advisors, and 5 countries represented!
Wimbify will be the protagonist of the Milan Gay Pride in Italy! 67 big screens around the city will showcase our gay-friendly video ads and our mascot will attend the parade wearing the LGBT Local Hero costume! sharewithpride.com
Bravely’s co-founders met in the early days of Gilt Groupe, when one was an intern & the other his chosen friend in HR for daily harassment about his full-time job offer.
Not only does Siyea follow the 1–1–1 company culture policy, they also follow the lesser known B-B-B: burgers, burritos, and Boston Terriers.
The founder came up with Charm while thinking about how to help farmers in Africa. As he spoke with friends in NYC, he realized that we all can improve our lives with Charm.
TuckrBox has a children’s character mascot named Tobi Tuckr, who is “hangry” for healthy. Tobi’s silly antics help kids get excited about trying new foods. Meghan Carreau (CEO/Co-Founder) created the androgynous character based on her childhood self. Growing up Meghan, unbeknownst to her parents, was gluten intolerant and would have mood swings that went from hyper, silly, happy to “hangry, grumpy and tired.” Tobi Tuckr is an alien monster who is not used to our commercial food world with its unhealthy empty foods. He helps kids understand that what you eat everyday can have a big affect on your energy levels, brain power and even your mood!
The Consciousness Economy is a big part of Campus Bike. At the end of each school year, riders from each campus will choose a local charity, within the sponsor’s business segment, and the company will donate a percentage of the profits, which helps improve the community. We believe that giving back to the local community is an important aspect of our business, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle while in college.
The founder, Stephanie Lampkin, qualified to compete in the junior Olympics in downhill ski racing when Stephanie was 16.
B-Change’s inclusion app initiative received an encouraging nod last April when Fast Company magazine named the app as a finalist in this year’s World Changing Ideas Awards. The app’s journey towards global launch begins this June when public beta-testing kicks off in Southeast Asia.
Circadian Risk Inc.
The Founder, Daniel Young, was the Co-Chair of Michigan Pride for 6 years. Circadian Risk also was a part of the U of M Desai Accelerator Winter 2017 Cohort.
AdvisorConnect investors include a number of StartOut members, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels and has been featured in Forrester Research, Investment News, Valley Watch, Venture Beat, and Tech Crunch.
The Evolved Traveler
The Evolved Traveler has just added Evolved Retreats, a subsidiary focused on wellness travel.
GPSGAY was the first app directed to the LGBT community to be recognized as one of the “Best Up and Coming Apps in the World” in the Mobile Premiere Awards in Barcelona in 2015.
GayStay serves as a portal to connect with the global LGBTQ community and proudly affirms that LGBTQ spaces matter.
MotaWord’s recent funding round was picked up by the press after someone spotted reference to it in our open letter to French President Macron (he set up their incubation program in Paris).
A lot of folks don’t realize how many different ways volunteers support our community. You can wash puppies that provide emotional support to LGBTQ+ people with life-threatening illnesses; you can usher at an international LGBTQ+ film festival and get free tickets to festival events. And if you wanted a date to join you for the movie, you wouldn’t be the first person to leave a volunteering event with a phone number in your pocket.
Hot Mess trademarked “Hot Mess” two years ago but don’t worry, everyone can still say it ;-)