🏳️🌈 STARTUP & STARTOUT 🏳️🌈
HackOut is the world's largest LGBTQIA-themed entrepreneurship weekend.
The hardest part of starting up is starting out, and the purpose of this event is to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the LGBTQIA community to learn the ropes of validating an idea for a startup or lifestyle business and turn that idea into a business venture.
Over an extended weekend, you'll meet and work with 100+ other LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs, validate your ideas, and learn how to create a real company.
Throughout the weekend you'll meet industry expert mentors, be exposed to sponsors from industry technology companies, and potential investors and successful founders — all of who will support you start out and start-up. Regardless of your professional background or experience, your community is here to support you! It'll be a weekend you'll never forget.
The weekend is organized and presented by StartOut, the national nonprofit supporting LGBTQIA entrepreneurs.
#HackOut2021 will return in person in 2022.
HackOut is run by an amazing team of volunteers
Co-Facilitator & Programming Lead
Product Manager & iOS Developer
Attendee Experience & Marketing Communications
Founder - Thai Fan Meet
Erica is the Founder of Thai Fan Meet, writer, and web developer in training. She promotes respect and diversity combating the intolerance of racial, sexual, and gender discrimination.
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The US’s only hackathon for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs is the latest to replace its in-person live events with a fully virtual lineup for its upcoming 2020 hackathon.
2020 HackOut Winning teams
We had 10 amazing teams present their business pitches at HackOut, however only 5 made it through to final presentations. Learn more about our final 5 teams:
1st place & Fan Favorite
Trid is a safe e-commerce platform revolutionizing the shopping experience by curating options to try on in your home, tailored to your style preferences independent of gender. All gender identities welcome!
Team: Graham Hawley, Joshua Walker, and Pavel Valishin
Team: Bridget Conway-Taylor, Marisa Hall, Sky Davis and Gala Mukomolova
ARTAI empowers both students and professionals of the fine art world by directly connecting them with clients. By showcasing products in a curated & modern online platform using VR technology to simulate the gallery experience.
Team: Pauly Ramirez, Karlo Martin, Becs Prager, Amy Detwiler, Chan Heng Hong
Break the echo chamber.
Team: Li bearden, Misha Kessler
A safe place where telemedicine meets the LGBTQ+ community where they live.
Team: Justin Ayars, Illyana Bocanegra, Mario Nouel
Learn skills from industry experts that will be useful during HackOut
Our amazing staff of volunteers who help make the event a success.
Interested in volunteering as a mentor or advisor in 2021? Send us a message
Take a look at our amazing team of 2020 Volunteers: