2018 Conference

2018 Venture Out Conference

Connecting LGBTQA+  people in tech to career opportunities, role models, and each other.

March 15 and 16, 2018

MaRS Discovery District, Toronto

Venture Out is Canada’s first conference for LGBTQA+ students and young professionals interested in careers in tech and entrepreneurship. Every year, we gather together with startups, speakers, and thought leaders from across Canada at MaRS Discovery District for workshops, receptions, panels, and networking opportunities.

Join us, and help build a more diverse and inclusive future.


Evening Kickoff

Thursday, March 15

Kick off Venture Out 2018 in style with refreshments and conversation. Mingle with LGBTQ+ students and tech professionals at all career levels.

6 PM – Kickoff
6:15 PM – Fireside Chat
7:15 PM – Pitch Competition
8:30 PM – Cocktail Reception


Conference and After Party

Friday, March 16

An action-packed day of speakers, panels, and workshops Join us in the evening for a reception celebrating the next generation of LGBTQ+ talent!

11 AM – Job fair opens
12 PM – Friday kickoff
1 PM – Breakout sessions (12 total, 4 streams)
4 PM – Panel
4:45 PM – Keynote
5:30 PM – Lightning Round talks
6:00 PM – Keynote
8:30 PM – After Party


Dax Dasilva
John Moore

Dax Dasilva in conversation with NewsTalk 1010’s John Moore

The fireside chat will highlight Dasilva’s involvement in the community through Never Apart, his not-for-profit organization that aims to ignite positive social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming

“The panelists were very open and honest…
I appreciated the realness.”


Shopify Logo


Intelex Logo
Hubba Logo
Rangle.io Logo
24-7 Intouch Logo
Lyft logo
Eventmobi Logo
Lightspeed Logo
Never Apart Logo
MaRS Logo


City of Toronto Logo
Uberflip Logo
Limelight Live Marketing Platform Logo
Coinsquare Logo
Nulogy Logo
StartUp HERE Toronto Logo
Security Compass Logo
88 Logo
Peerscale Logo
TWG Logo


Logojoy logo
Top Hat Logo
Plum.io Logo
Airbnb Logo

“It was really great to see so many companies in the tech community come out in support of something so important to workplaces and inclusivity.”

Questions & Answers

It is for people who either want to make their workplace more inclusive, or who want to work at an inclusive workplace.

Yes, allies are more than welcome.

Amazing speakers, panels, networking sessions, workshops, seminars, and more!

You’ll meet amazing people doing amazing things in the startup & tech space, connect with people who have shared experiences similar to yours, and attend workshops run by brilliant people on subjects ranging from marketing to blockchain.

Venture Out is a network of individuals, companies and community organizations working together to build an LGBTQA+ tech and entrepreneurship community, with the goal of creating a more diverse & inclusive future.

We highlight LGBTQA+ tech leaders as well as groundbreaking projects and companies. We also produce events and conferences, which bring together ideas, and connect early-career professionals to new opportunities and to each other.

Ask 🙂 email ventureout@startproud.org