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Our History

San Diego Out Entrepreneurs was founded in 2017 by Sidao Li, a UCSD alumni and serial entrepreneurs. Sidao began his entrepreneurship journey at a business plan competition called UCSD entrepreneur challenge, in which he later worked as COO Sponsorship and helped raise more than $100k during his year in office. After graduation, as Sidao continue to work on his mobile application startup, he realized a need in the San Diego area for a platform that supports underrepresented entrepreneurs. Pouring in all of his own saving as a recent college graduate, Sidao took upon himself to start San Diego LGBT Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Allies on the social media platform Meetup. He aimed to build an inclusive organization bring together the local underrepresented entrepreneurs in the San Diego area by creating a platform of shared resources that would take ideas into businesses. He hoped that by empowering LGBT and other minority entrepreneurs, a new generation of entrepreneurs and CEOs would raise up to promote equality and inclusiveness in the business world. The group’s membership grew rapidly from 30 members in its first week to more than 300 members in less than six months all through word of mouth and it continues to expand.

Sidao took upon himself to start San Diego LGBT Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Allies on the social media platform Meetup. He aimed to build an inclusive organization bring together the local underrepresented entrepreneurs in the San Diego area by creating a platform of shared resources that would take ideas into businesses. He hoped that by empowering LGBT and other minority entrepreneurs, a new generation of entrepreneurs and CEOs would raise up to promote equality and inclusiveness in the business world. The group’s membership grew rapidly from 30 members in its first week to more than 300 members in less than six months all through word of mouth and it continues to expand.

Since May of 2017, San Diego LGBT Entrepreneurs, Investors and Allies grew far exceeded Sidao's expectation. As more and more attendees started to willingly donate to this cause to help Sidao keep the group running, a team of founding members / volunteers was formed to meet the demand. As the initial board, Frank Mariskal, Paula Alvarez, Patreece O'neill and Burak Genc worked together with Sidao to incorporate the group into a nonprofit organization and changed the name from San Diego Entrepreneurs, Investors and Allies to simply Out Entrepreneurs. Thus, Out Entrepreneurs was formed as a collaborative effort to achieve the goal of making San Diego the most inclusive and minority friendly startup scene in the country to grow the local economy and to promote equal opportunities and equal employment.

Our Missions

We aim to inspire, foster and support a new generation of business founders and CEOs, and thereby breaking through the barriers that currently inhibit the corporate success of many in America's LGBT and minority communities.

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