The application period for the Fall 2018 Cohort opens April 20, 2018

The Fall Cohort move-in date will be July 9, 2018



  • At least one founder must be LGBTQ.
  • Be prepared to move your company into our office in downtown San Francisco.  We require all founders to work full-time in the Growth Lab for their entire six month stay.
  • Have a product or service that has been developed at least to the point of early beta testing or customer acceptance.
  • Be targeting an opportunity with an addressable market greater than $1 billion.
  • Be able to identify a specific, valuation-enhancing milestone that you can realistically achieve during your six month tenure.


  • Have 2 or more co-founders, rather than a sole founder. Co-founders can challenge each other and push each other, often resulting in better decisions and faster progress.


  • First give the website a thorough read to see if you can find the answer.
  • If you still need help, submit your question here.
  • Please do not contact StartOut national staff or board members.