What do startups get out of the program?

Here are a few reasons why founders choose 500:

  • Community

    Starting a company is solitary and challenging.

    Working with other people going through the same challenges makes a huge difference.

    Founders who've gone through our program tell us that the 500 community is extremely valuable.

  • Advice

    You'll get access to a network of 1000+ founders, 200+ mentors, and our staff, who will give you guidance when you need it the most.

    We've built startups before. We'll make sure you don't make the same mistakes we did.

  • Curriculum

    500 brings in a wide variety of experts focused on marketing, culture, startup accounting, product design, mobile, user testing, sales, and more.

    It's like a Startup MBA on steroids.

  • Hands-on support

    Startups live (some too literally) in our office for four months.

    We'll work together on your business and product strategy, growth and metrics, and investor pitches.

  • Connections

    Thanks to our massive network, startups build relationships and partnerships that wouldn't be possible at their size without 500.

    Need an intro to a customer? Early access to a new platform feature? API access blocked? Stuck at the border? We have connections.

  • Money

    Being a 500 Startups company will validate your business, and our network will help you connect with investors when the time is right.

    Our Demo Day is also a great opportunity to meet and pitch people who might give you $$$.

You'll have a place to work.

We believe startups learn more when they work side by side.
Many founders say that working with peers is the best part of 500.


When to apply


Applications for our Mountain View Accelerator are currently closed. 

Applications for our San Francisco accelerator are currently closed.

Applications for our Mexico City accelerator are currently closed.

What’s the deal?


We invest $100k in exchange for 7%, and charge a $25K program fee for a net $75K investment.

We invest $50k in exchange for 10%, and charge a $15K program fee for a net $35K investment.

Still have questions?

Read what founders think of our program on Quora

Read our accelerator program FAQs

Send us a tweet @500startups