The third edition of StartOut Awards was celebrated in San Francisco this Thursday, September 11, in San Francisco. Funded by American organisation StartOut, this ceremony rewards and celebrates every year the most innovative entrepreneurs in the LGBT community.
The Pillsbury Winthrop Adovcate Award honored Dave McClure, a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, a seed fund that has been investing in over 800 companies already including recelntly gay businesses such as Hornet or lesbian app Dattch.
The Kevin J. Mossier Next Generation Award honored Li Han Chan, co-founder and CEO of hardware startup DynaOptics which is working to bring the new optical zoom camera in your smartphones.
Another award, the Startout Trailblazer Award, honored the very charismatic leading entrepreneur Amy Erret. She was the CEO and an owner of Olivia, the lesbian gay cruisse company and has recently founded Madison Reed, which is revolutionizing hair color.
Last, the StartOut Leadership Award honored actor George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr Sulu in the acclaimed Star Trek series. After his recent coming out at the age of 60, he has become a community activist.
Each award honores the talent and vision of entrepreneurs and recognizes their commitment and for the corporate world and for LGBT people.
The ceremony was presented by Lance Bass, bast known as a singer in the boys band Nsync, also actor, producer and entrepreneur and by author Dan Savage, who founded the It Gets Better Project in 2010.
iStartOut is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of LGBT entrepreneurs. With currently 57 annual events and over 5 200 participants worldwide, StartOut contributes to the development and emergence of new LGBT businesses. Not a single Fortune 500 company is headed by an openly LGBT person.