Uplifting people and economies through entrepreneurship

Uplifting people and economies through entrepreneurship

One of the most active early stage investors in the world

500 Startups was the most active global venture capital firm of 2019 and the second most active global venture capital firm in 2020. We’re on a mission to uplift people and economies around the world through entrepreneurship.

#1 Most Active Angel & Seed Investor by VC Deal Count
#2 Most Active VC Globally in Exits

Source: PitchBook

2400+ Startups Invested
75+ Countries
5000+ Founders in our Portfolio
Middle East & Africa

What We Do


We create diversified tech portfolios.

500 Startups casts a wide net, and we don’t shy away from underserved markets. We review more deals than just about anyone, which gives us a comprehensive view of markets and trends worldwide. Our goal is to back the best, regardless of race, gender and geography.

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We back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs.

Great ideas exist everywhere, but they need capital. Networks are also critical components in setting up founders for success. We provide early-stage investment through our global funds and regional investment vehicles in Southeast Asia, MENA, South Korea, Latin America, Turkey, Vietnam and Thailand.

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We build thriving startup ecosystems.

500 Startups leverages its global expertise to build comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystems. We partner with governments and foundations to build tailored accelerator programs, as well as, partner with corporations to facilitate meaningful relationships with startups. In addition to all of this, we also teach the art of investing.

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We bring startups to the next level.

500 Startups started as an accelerator in the heart of Silicon Valley, and we have expanded our founder programs across the globe. Learn more about our founder programs for Seed and Series A stage startups and apply today.

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Meet a few of our global stars


Achmad Zaky

One of the largest e-commerce companies in Indonesia with $1B+ valuation


Kenneth Lin, Nichole Mustard, Ryan Graciano

A personal finance website dedicated to helping consumers better understand the power of their credit and overall financial health


Tiago Paiva, Cristina Fonseca

One of the largest cloud-based contact center, unified communications and artificial intelligence software providers with $1B+ valuation


Tan Hooi Ling, Anthony Tan

A Singapore-based technology company offering ride-hailing transport services, food delivery and payment solutions with $1B+ valuation


Julie Wainwright

The global leader in authenticated luxury consignment (IPO:2019)


Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, Cameron Adams

Australian-based design tool maker with $3.2B+ valuation


500 Insights

We've collected insights and stories from some of our top performing startups, partners, and mentors in the 500 ecosystem. Whether you are a founder looking to learn the latest in growth hacking or a fellow investor looking to find what is the latest in early-stage investing, you'll find the best insights on our platform.

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