Privacy Policy

This Startup Stage Privacy Policy was last updated on Sep 9, 2019. Startup Stage known as (“SUS”).

Information We Collect:

When you interact with us through the Site, we may collect Personal Data and other information from you, as further described below:

Personal Data That You Provide Through the Site: We collect Personal Data from you when you voluntarily provide such information, such as when you contact us with inquiries, register an account with us or submit an application to us.

By voluntarily providing us with Personal Data, you are consenting to our use of it in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you provide Personal Data to us, you acknowledge and agree that such Personal Data may be transferred from your current location to the offices and servers of Startup Stage and the authorized third parties.

Other Information:

Non-Identifiable Data: When you interact with Startup Stage through the Site, we receive and store certain personally non-identifiable information. Such information cannot presently be used to specifically identify you. Startup Stage may store such information itself or such information may be included in databases owned and maintained by Startup Stage affiliates, agents or service providers. We may use such information and pool it with other information to track, for example, the characteristics of businesses that apply to or are accepted by Startup Stage, and we may publish or otherwise disclose such aggregated information.

Aggregated Personal Data: In an ongoing effort to better understand and serve the users of the Site, Startup Stage may conduct research on the characteristics of such users, including but not limited to user demographics, interests and behavior based on the Personal Data and other information provided to us. This research may be compiled and analyzed on an aggregate basis, and Startup Stage may publish or otherwise disclose such aggregated information. This aggregate information does not identify you personally.

Analytics and Tracking Technologies: We may, and we may allow third party service providers to, use cookies or similar technologies to collect information about your browsing activities over time and across different websites following your use of the Site. For example, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how users use the Site and enhance your experience when you use the Site. For more information on how Google uses this data, go to www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

We recommend that you leave cookies turned on because they allow you to take advantage of some of the Site’s features.

Our Use of Your Personal Data and Other Information:

Startup Stage uses the Personal Data you provide in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy. If you provide Personal Data for a certain reason, we may use the Personal Data in connection with the reason for which it was provided or for other Startup Stage-related purposes. For instance (but without limitation):

  • If you provide Personal Data in order to create a username and profile, we will use your Personal Data to provide you with access to such those components of the Site that require a username, to administer your access to the Site (e.g., sending a replacement password to the email address you provided to us) and to monitor your use of the Site.
  • If you provide Personal Data to attend an event, we will use your Personal Data to give you access to that event and track the attendees of the event.

Startup Stage may also use your Personal Data and other personally non-identifiable information collected through the Site to help us manage and administer the Site, improve the Site, better understand our users and improve the Startup Stage program.

Our Disclosure of Your Personal Data and Other Information:

In addition to the disclosures described above, there are certain circumstances in which we may share your Personal Data with certain third parties without further notice to you, as set forth below:

Business Transfers: In the event of a sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event, Personal Data may be part of the transferred assets.

Related Companies: Startup Stage is comprised of a variety of entities, and we may share your Personal Data with those various entities for purposes consistent with this Privacy Policy.

Agents, Contractors and Other Third Parties: Startup Stage, like many businesses, sometimes hires others to perform certain functions. Examples of such functions include mailing information and maintaining databases. When we employ or engage others to perform a function of this nature, we only provide them with the information that they need to perform their specific function under appropriate confidentiality obligations.

Legal Requirements: Startup Stage may disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation, (ii) protect and defend the rights or property of Startup Stage or individuals associated with Startup Stage, (iii) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Site or the public, or (iv) protect against legal liability.

Your Profile:

If you create a username for the Site, please also note that your username, how long ago you created your account and any information in your profile will be viewable by the public in your publicly accessible profile page.

Your Choices:

You can visit the Site without providing any Personal Data. If you choose not to provide any Personal Data, you may not be able to use certain components of the Site.

Exclusions:

This Privacy Policy does not apply to any Personal Data collected by Startup Stage other than Personal Data collected through the Site. In addition, this Privacy Policy shall not apply to any information that we do not directly solicit from you that you provide to Startup Stage through the Site or through any other means. This includes, but is not limited to, information posted or shared during the pitching sessions, information provided to Startup Stage or any Startup Stage personnel or members by email or through the Contact page on the Site, information provided through social media platforms, information that you otherwise provide in connection with the Site outside of our application process or user profile creation process, and other unsolicited submissions (collectively, “Unsolicited Information”). All Unsolicited Information shall be deemed to be non-confidential and Startup Stage shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose, and distribute such Unsolicited Information to others without limitation or attribution.

Links to Other Web Sites:

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Site. The Site may contain links to other web sites not operated or controlled by Startup Stage (the “Third Party Sites”). The policies and procedures we describe here do not apply to the Third Party Sites. The links from the Site do not imply that Startup Stage endorses or has reviewed the Third Party Sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy policies.

Security:

Startup Stage takes reasonable steps to protect the Personal Data provided via the Site from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, no Internet or email transmission is ever fully secure or error free. In particular, email sent to or from the Site may not be secure. Therefore, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via email. Please keep this in mind when disclosing any Personal Data to Startup Stage via the Internet.