Build your startup and learn from the best.
All in one place.

Take your startup to the next level with our 4-month accelerator programs in Mountain View and San Francisco.

What do startups get out of the program?

Here are a few reasons why founders choose 500:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 open.

Applications for our San Francisco accelerator are currently closed.

What’s the deal?

We invest $125k in exchange for 5%. We charge a $25k fee for participation in the Accelerator Program.

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Still have questions?

Read what founders think of our program on Quora

Read our accelerator program FAQs

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