Roll call! Today we’re announcing Batch 17 in Mountain View – our  most eclectic batch to date.  With 42 companies, this accelerator cohort runs the gamut from affordable housing made from shipping containers to digital SIM cards to free birth control and alternative burial products.  

Along with our 4-month curriculum of customer acquisition coaching, fundraising training, and access to 500’s massive ecosystem, we will be taking the program even further. As you may have noticed from our last batch, 500 Startups has started including vertical tracks within the accelerator program.

Batch 17 will continue this trend with TWO vertical tracks – B2B and Fashion/Beauty. B2B companies will receive additional guidance around sales, negotiating and closing deals for enterprise, and lead generation for SMB companies. The Fashion & Beauty companies will have access to special partners in the fashion world.

Diversity of the founders remains strong:

  • 35% of companies have at least one female founder
  • 33% of companies are international

International countries represented:

  • UK
  • Hong Kong
  • Czech Republic
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Russia
  • Australia
  • Norway

Learn more about Batch 17 below. (Note that 2 are not listed here, as they’re off the record).

Finally, applications for Batch 18 are now open. Apply here. Vertical tracks to be announced.

Avocode

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With Avocode designers and developers can easily share and collaborate on PSD/Sketch designs in real time.

Baby2Body

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Helping nearly and new moms live happier and healthier and have healthier babies.

BeautyDate

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OpenTable for beauty salons, beauty clinics & SPA in Brazil

Blavity

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Blavity is a tech media company and platform for black millennials.

Blurbiz

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A Cloud Based Platform to Create, Distribute and Monetize Vertical Videos.

BurstIQ

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Cybersecurity for the digital health revolution, making data access simple and secure

Chefs for Seniors

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Chefs for Seniors – a marketplace for seniors who need help with food to connect with professional chefs who cook custom meals in the home

Cladwell

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Cladwell simplifies your wardrobe. We build a personalized and interchangeable closet with less than 35 items.

Coeio

Alternative burial products embedded with biological materials, including mushrooms.

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ConceptDrop

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The easiest way to design marketing material—matching businesses with top freelancers in a few clicks.

COSY

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COSY enables powerful location based indoor applications for mobile phones, robots and drones, where GPS cannot work, without the use of any infrastructure.

Department of Better Technology

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Digital data collection and workflows for government

Efflux Systems

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Automated Security Operations Platform

FuelPanda

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We refuel your car at your house or office every week while it sits in the parking lot!

Hamptons Lane

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With our “culinary experience kits,” Hamptons Lane helps home chefs discover global cuisines and new ways to cook and entertain through our selection of the best shelf stable, artisan ingredients and specialty kitchen tools, along with recipes, delivered in a highly curated monthly themed box to the home.

Linkett

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Analytics platform for the Digital-Out-of-Home Advertising industry.

LiveCanary

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Democratizing the Mobile Playbook.

Montainer

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Making home ownership attainable for anyone.

MORI

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World’s softest baby essentials

Nice

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Crowdsourced Video Shopping Network

Oddup

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The Startup Rating System. Make an informed investment decision with data, ratings and a view point.

Pair

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Pair lets you try furnishings in your home, like they are real using only your iPhone or iPad.

Parkbench

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The Online Neighborhood News Source: Find Local Events, Deals, News, and Real Estate in One Click.

Qwikwire

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Qwikwire empowers enterprises to collect payments from their customers abroad. We go beyond basic remittance and provide recurring billing, invoicing, customer dashboards, and direct client website payments via API.

Rank Science

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A/B testing software for SEO

SidelineSwap

Making it easy for athletes to buy, sell, and trade their gear.

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Simless

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Digitizing SIM Cards.

Slang

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Mobile P2P marketplace for sneakers

Stylect

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A mobile app dedicated to women’s shoes.

Supergleu

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An opinion sharing app for college students

T + J Designs

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On-trend, quality and affordable clothing and jewelry brand by two social media influencer sisters.

Tallyfy

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We make routine business processes enjoyable and efficient by transforming them into easy-to-follow checklists

The Pill Club

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Free and Simple Birth Control Delivery

TraceAir

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We use UAVs to collect accurate almost real-time data about your construction site and make it actionable with our guiding web-platform.

Travel Flan

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An intelligent travel concierge service for travelers

Villoid

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Global style and shopping community co-founded by style icon Alexa Chung.

Visiblee

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Visiblee is the ultimate lead gen automation solution to boost your B2B website conversion

Wivity

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Hardware/SaaS platform that connects your IoT device to any wireless network in the world

Worklete

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“Using the best human movement and mechanics to fight injuries in the workplace”

Workplace Arcade

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A gamified solution for retailers to measure, increase and retain employee engagement.