Originally published: March 1, 2017
Today Start Proud, a Canadian non-profit that facilitates the professional development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA+) students, announced the launch of Venture Out, Canada's first conference geared toward inclusion in tech and entrepreneurship for LGBTQA+ youth. On March 27, 2017 , for one full day, Venture Out will connect students with entrepreneurs and professionals in Toronto's dynamic technology sector at MaRS Discovery District, providing the next generation of LGBTQA+ leaders with business education, mentorship and job opportunities.
"It's amazing to see this project come to fruition because it's an initiative that will help build a community and introduce today's LGBTQA+ youth to employers who want them to be themselves," said Jeanette Stock , co-founder and chair of Venture Out. "We've had an incredible amount of support from the Toronto community, both tech and LGBTQA+, and we're committed to bringing the two together with Venture Out."
The one-day conference will bring together Toronto's engaged LGBTQA+ youth in the spirit of entrepreneurship, and will host over 30 startups and 300+ attendees. Workshops and panels will take place throughout the day, with speakers including Mark Jaine , CEO of Intelex, Chad Molleken , entrepreneur and investor, Johnathan Nightingale , Chief Product Officer at Hubba, Larissa Holmes , VP Customer Development at Wirl, Eva Wong , COO of Borrowell, and others. Companies will also have the opportunity to recruit top talent at the conference's exhibitor fair.