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Excellent Ways to Empower LGBT Entrepreneurship
Starting a business is tricky for anyone. The process of LGBT entrepreneurship is further complicated by gender and sexuality. All businesses can find it difficult to obtaining funding. For LGBT entrepreneurs, there is often a lack of mentors and role models. There is also the feeling of being left “outside” of a number of industries. Unfortunately, brilliant business owners may run into trouble bringing their products and services to the market solely because of their LGBT identity.
For others, success in business can come at a significant price: hiding their identity. According to a study published in July 2016, one in three LGBT entrepreneurs are not out to their investors. For a variety of reasons LGBT entrepreneurs tried to cover their identity. This included concerns that disclosure would result in a loss of funding or a strained relationship with investors. These LGBT business owners felt they could not be completely open and honest with investors. This puts critical funding and trust relationships at risk.
Almost a third of LGBT entrepreneurs are not out to their investors. #LGBTbiz Click To Tweet
The study also found that lesbian entrepreneurs are at an even further disadvantage and fall behind in profitability. Only three percent of companies owned by lesbian or bisexual women have revenue over $5 million. However, 12 percent of companies owned by gay, bisexual or trans men reached that level of revenue.
Additionally, 70 percent of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women founders raised less than $750,000 in funding. This compared to 47 percent of founders who are gay, bisexual, or trans men who raised more than $2 million.
StartOut Supports LGBT Entrepreneurship
On August 1st, nonprofit organization StartOut, which also conducted the study, launched an Indiegogo campaign aimed at revolutionizing LGBT startup culture. Through a new online community, LGBT entrepreneurs will be able to connect with mentors and other business owners to share successes, ask questions, and even access resources to find funding.
StartOut, established in 2009, is the most recognized nonprofit organization supporting LGBT entrepreneurs in the United States. The organization hosts over 70 events a year for entrepreneurs, but only in six chapter cities. This means that LGBT founders who live outside these areas can miss out on vital opportunities to network, share, and learn from peers and mentors. With the launch of a comprehensive online community, StartOut hopes to level the playing field and give its members 24/7 access, wherever they are.
Female-owned LGBT businesses tend to face distinct disadvantages. #LGBTbiz Click To Tweet
StartOut’s campaign runs until September. The organization hopes to raise $50,000 to continue its efforts to empower LGBT entrepreneurs. The funds will provide the opportunity to build networks that value LGBT identities and points of view.