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Start Out Partners With Nixon Peabody For First Ever Diversity Focused Law Accelerator

That Nation’s Largest Organization For LGBTQ Founders Inks Important Partnership

Startout-Growthlab Start Out Partners With Nixon Peabody For First Ever Diversity Focused Law Accelerator

Let the applications roll in. The Nixon Peabody law firm has partnered with Start Out, the largest non profit in the world dedicated to further LGBTQ entrepreneurship for a one of a kind diversity focused legal accelerator for startups.

The new StartOut Growth Lab is being housed in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office at One Embarcadero Center.

The StartOut Growth Lab gives seasoned entrepreneurs an opportunity to work closely with attorneys to grow their businesses. The program consists of one-on-one legal and developmental support, as well as monthly events organized jointly by StartOut and Nixon Peabody on topics ranging from intellectual property to business development.

The first three companies to participate in the program include: Vyrill, a video-centric intelligence and marketing platform; Zeguro, a cybersecurity and insurance platform; and GPSGay, a social network and app for the LGBT community. Three more companies will be selected to join the growth lab by May 2017.

“This is an important opportunity for us to partner with creative, forward thinking future business leaders,” said Thomas Gaynor, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office and a longtime member of StartOut’s board of advisors. “Our firm is strongly committed to diversity so we are thrilled to work together with StartOut on this meaningful endeavor.”

Andres Wydler, executive director of StartOut, said the growth lab is an example of Nixon Peabody’s longstanding and active dedication to diversity and entrepreneurial success. “There’s a lack of visibility of out LGBTQ role models for current and aspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs,” Andres said. “We’re excited about the role the growth lab will play in helping drive economic development and level the playing field.”

Nixon Peabody and Start Out hosted a grand opening event last week in San Francisco. Their first three companies were present at the event. They are looking for three more companies to join the cohort. Interested startups can apply here.