Nine Amazing Startups Led by #LGBT Entrepreneurs Show Us How Great America Is

Nine amazing startups led by #LGBT entrepreneurs showed us what they’re made of today at #StartOutDemoDay hosted by Twitter NYC and StartOut — 4 out of 9 were led by women, 1 by a Trans entrepreneur.

The winners, two women-led startups — Nurse Melissa Kozak from Citus Health was runner up and Dr. Barbara Rosario from Vyrill took top honors.

Oytun Tez,, MotaWord
Billy Shaw Susanto,, Pundit
Tom Sheahan,, Red Oxygen
Colleen O’Toole,, CartoFront
Melissa Kozak,, Citus Health
Adam Berlinsky-Schine,, Nommery
Barbara Rosario,, Vyrill
Mario Mercado,, BATS-TOI
Pêche Di,, Teadate

The entrepreneurs were questioned by an accomplished panel of judges drawn from VC and angel funding backgrounds.

Rachel Foo, VC at Stripes Group
Ryan Armburst, Managing Directo at ffvc
Jason Shuman, VC at Corigin Ventures
Lorenzo Thione, Angel Investor
James Rushing, Angel Investor
Tiffany Roesler, Angel Investor
Ken Leppert, Angel Investor

Startup Profiles:


MotaWord,, Oytun Tez, co-founder and CTO

MotaWord ( is the world’s fastest and highest quality human translation platform. 12k translators, 20x times faster, 75 languages.

It combines the efforts of talented human translators through the use of a cloud based translation platform. Our translators login simultaneously into projects and provide translation service collaboratively. This ability to simultaneously utilize multiple translators makes MotaWord dramatically faster and more accurate than traditional translation agencies.

MotaWord serves many of the world’s largest enterprises globally, around the clock with all their translation needs.


Pundit,, Billy Shaw Susanto, Co-founder & CEO

Pundit ( is the easiest way to create, share, and respond to stories with just your voice. It’s micro-podcasting made for social and mobile. Beta available on the App Store!

Proud member of Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars — 2015.

Red Oxygen

Red Oxygen,, Tom Sheahan, CEO

Established in Australia in 2001, Red Oxygen is one of the world’s leading developers and distributors of email to SMS software applications and related desktop messaging software. Red Oxygen combines the power of today’s email applications with the ease, convenience and mobility of SMS messaging. Their seamlessly integrated products allow users to utilise the full capabilities of their existing contacts address book to send SMS messages to specific individuals or entire lists, all as easily as sending an email. Users can also have their calendar reminders automatically sent to their mobiles, send broadcast SMS messages to large lists and even receive replies straight into their inboxes from message recipients. Red Oxygen software is available for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express as well as Lotus Notes.


CartoFront,, Colleen O’Toole, CEO

CartoFront is a data aggregation and visualization software that delivers actionable outcomes to its end users. CartoFront unlocks and filters massive pools of data to give users an interactive and simple picture of market value across a geographic region — down to the parcel level with over 150 data points. This disruptive technology also helps reduce liability in sensitive use industries like healthcare, education, utilities, and more.

Citus Health

Citus Health,, Melissa Kozak, Co-founder and CEO

Citus Health is bringing breakthrough technology to home healthcare. It is our mission to modernize an industry saddled with outdated processes, and give patients reliable, convenient, user-friendly medical technology while reducing the provider’s bottom line.


Nommery,, Adam Berlinsky-Schine, CTO

Nommery is a social dining network that gathers like-minded people for shared meals at great restaurants. Diners purchase all-inclusive tickets to enjoy family-style meals with friends, new and old.

Nommery’s founding team has deep expertise in social dining networks, the restaurant industry, and building algorithms to match members with the perfect dining companions. The CEO built dining communities across the U.S. in 14 cities; the COO has worked in the restaurant industry for 30+ years, and the CTO scaled dating app Coffee Meets Bagel to millions of users. Whether you’re looking to meet new friends, network, or date, sign up on, and we’ll help you level up in life.


Vyrill,, Dr. Barbara Rosario, Co-founder and CTO is a video centric product marketplace, focused on converting product video views into product sales. A video is worth more than a thousand words, and helps create a stronger emotional attachment to the products. We aggregate product videos from multiple websites posted by fans, experts, press and brands and we organize them. As a result, consumers experience a product video discovery that is fun, delightful, relevant and informational and brands benefit from deeper engagement and stronger sales.


BATS-TOI,, Mario Mercado, Founder and CEO

A university student-created athletic helmet technology start-up technology company. Team won the New York University-Poly School of Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation Association Technology Contest for its proof of concept and design in engineering a wrestling helmet that reduce and minimize injury to the head, which also has multi-sport applications.


Teadate,, Pêche Di, Founder & CEO

Teadate is a transgender dating app, a place where transgender and trans-attracted hearts connect. Swipe right to Like or left to Pass. If someone likes you back, it’s a match!

About StartOut

StartOut is a national 501©(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, and Los Angeles, with many more in development.

Visit and follow @StartOut to learn more.




StartOut’s mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

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