Startup competitions seeking LGBTQ founders

Steven Loeb · July 10, 2019 · Short URL:

They include Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Startup Pitch Competition and ROMBA Conference Competition

If you're a startup seeking opportunities to get funded, educated or connected, startup competitions are a great resource.

Vator has been holding its own competitions, using VatorX, to find and filter for the best startups. We've had some very successful and notable winners in the past that have gone on to raise big funding rounds including Thumbtack, DogVacay, Pokitdok, Grovo, Udemy and Apartment List, to name a few.

Anyone can list their program as VatorX is one of the most comprehensive listing guides to startup competitions, challenges, accelerators and programs. Click here to list your program!

As part of our weekly series, we'll look at top competitions with big cash prizes, as well as competitions that have teed up the most promising startups, to finding popular startup competitions you need to know about. 

Here are some of the startup competitions seeking LGBTQ founders:


Description: "Lesbians Who Tech + Allies is a global community of over 50,000 LGBTQ women (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) and gender nonconforming people in tech. Lesbians Who Tech promotes the visibility, leadership, and education of our community."

Prize: Not specified

Previous winners: Cleanify


Description: "Each year the ROMBA Conference hosts a variety of competitions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) MBA & Graduate community to showcase its business acumen and compete for cash awards. As an added bonus many schools subsidize student's registration or travel if they compete in a competition!"


  • 1st Place Award: $5,000
  • 2nd Place Award: $2,500
  • 3rd Place Award: $1,000

Previous winners: Not specified



Description: "NGLCC is pleased to announce the eighth installment of the LGBT Biz Pitch entrepreneurial competition plenary — our own version of the ABC hit show Shark Tank — at the 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay, FL. For more information about the conference, visit our 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference page."

Prize: The winner of LGBT Biz Pitch will receive $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a cash prize of $25,000 along with an additional $25,000 business consulting package.

Previous winners: eParel 


Description: The future of tech is every color, gender, belief, origin, and community. The future of tech is accessible, flexible, and inclusive.

To spread this message at SXSW and beyond, Capital Factory is hosting a Pitch Competition for Underrepresented Founders* in collaboration with the AWS Startup Team and AWS We Power Tech. We will select 6 startups to pitch for 3 minutes each in front of a panel of VCs and early stage investors.

Prize: The winner will be featured on the AWS Startup Blog, receive 3 months of free coworking from Capital Factory, and receive various additional prizes that will help enable their company to grow.

Previous winners: Not specified

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