Nov 18, 2016 On Our Blog

#AnotherOne: 500 Startups Announces Batch 19 🔑

It’s that time again! Announcing our latest Mountain View cohort, Batch 19, with 44 companies.   Earlier this year, we experimented with vertical tracks to be able to provide greater value to companies, in particular, categories of interest.  These tracks have allowed companies to receive additional categorical mentoring and networking opportunities.  This year at 500 Startups, we’ve held specialized tracks in Health, Fintech, B2B, and Fashion & Beauty.  In Batch 19, we are, again, running tracks in B2B led by Robert Neivert and Fashion & Beauty led by Tanya Soman.  #MajorKey 500 Startups has always invested in a lot of B2B companies — in fact, many of our top performing companies in our portfolio, such as Intercom and Talkdesk are …


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May 16, 2016 On Our Blog

Announcing Batch 17 in Mountain View – Doubling Down on Fashion, Beauty and B2B

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 …


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Apr 4, 2016 On Our Blog

Rethinking The Accelerator: What You’ll Achieve At 500 Startups

Before Avanoo arrived at 500, they were making about $2,000 a month selling self-help videos. But after a spell of stardom on Reddit, their social marketing channels had pretty much dried up. As cofounder Daniel Jacobs put it, “you can only do so many #1 posts before the Reddit people want to throw pitchforks at you.” They had a plan to move from consumer to B2B and pivot from self-help into ongoing employee education for large corporations, but they were having trouble starting conversations with the execs they needed to reach. That’s when Jacobs and his cofounder got accepted to Batch 12. Less than six months later, Avanoo was an enterprise company worth $15M. Avanoo’s success wasn’t about changing anything …


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Mar 24, 2016 On Our Blog

Introducing Specialty Tracks at 500 Startups: Beauty and the B2Beast

Over the past 5 years, we’ve watched 16 batches of startups come through 500 Startups. We’ve seen first-hand how founders benefit from mentorship and advice that’s tailored to the key problems they face in their specific businesses. That’s why this year, we’re launching specialty tracks at 500 Startups. You can think of joining a specialty track as declaring a major in college. You go deeper into your area of interest, and that gets you to where you want to go faster. For Batch 17, which starts on May 2 in Mountain View, CA, we’re launching 2 specialty tracks within the batch: B2B: Led by Robert Neivert, this track will focus on the specifics of selling to the enterprise and SMBs …


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