Our combines impact

Start Proud plays a pivotal role in shaping the inclusive leaders of tomorrow. Each year, we:

Host multiple flagship events like the Out on Bay Street Conference and Leaders to Be Proud Of Awards.

Run targeted programs like the Mentorship & Leadership Incubator and Skills-Development Workshops.

Run targeted programs like the Mentorship & Leadership Incubator and Skills-Development Workshops.

Why partner with start proud

Join us in empowering the next generation of 2SLGBTQIA+ leaders by becoming a ProudPartner. At Start Proud, we are committed to accelerating the professional and interpersonal development of 2SLGBTQIA+ students and professionals through meaningful programs and deep industry connections.

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Meaningful Engagement

Participate in cross-industry events that connect you to a vibrant community, enhancing your brand’s visibility and demonstrating your commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Talent Development

Access a growing network of 2SLGBTQIA+ talent through targeted recruitment and networking opportunities, helping you to attract and nurture top talent.

Thought Leadership

Collaborate on initiatives that drive positive change, gaining insights and sharing best practices on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Partnership opportunities

We offer various levels of partnership, each providing unique benefits tailored to your organization’s goals:

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Visibility and Recognition

From event sponsorships to year-long visibility, your organization will be prominently featured across our platforms and at our events.

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Engagement Opportunities

Engage your employees in diversity and inclusion efforts through participation in exclusive workshops and as mentors in our programs.

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Networking Access

Build relationships with key stakeholders in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community through our well-attended industry nights and other networking events.

How to become a proud partner

Becoming a ProudPartner with Start Proud represents a commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where 2SLGBTQIA+ professionals and students can thrive. Here’s how you can join us in making a difference:

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Review Partnership Opportunities

Explore our Sponsorship Package to understand the various levels of engagement available. Each tier provides specific benefits, such as event sponsorships and year-long visibility. Select the tier that aligns best with your organizational objectives.

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Connect With outr Team

Reach out to our partnership team. We'll discuss your goals, provide further details on partnership benefits, and help you select the best options to maximize your impact.

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Formalize your Partnership

Once you decide on the level of involvement, we'll finalize the details and provide you with a partnership agreement. After signing, your organization will officially be a ProudPartner, ready to engage with and support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community through various initiatives.

Help us create a world where equality is simply the norm.

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