Dec 8, 2015 On Our Blog

The Secrets of Venture Capital, Unlocked

We are excited to announce the return of our flagship VC training course, this time under a brand new name: Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing. The program will be held on February 8-19, 2016.  500 Startups is once again teaming up with the Stanford Center for Professional Development to run our popular two-week course. In it, we reveal our insider secrets on how to WIN the investment game, from unlocking deal flow to evaluating companies.  HOW IT ALL STARTED We received countless requests from investors and partners curious to learn how we went from a handful of people to the most active seed investor in the world. With 1400 companies in our portfolio in less than five years, we’ve kept …

Dec 7, 2015 On Our Blog

500 Startups Launches India Based Design Program

At 500, we believe that the best startups are powered by products with quality design. There is a growing appetite in the Indian startup scene to implement great design, yet there are few platforms that teach how. That’s why today, we are excited to launch the 500 Design Program in India. About the 500 Design Program A common misconception is that quality design is time consuming, pricey and hard to achieve. At 500, we don’t think it has to be this way. The 500 Design Program in India is built on our knowledge of working with a wide range of companies on their design challenges, and is crafted specifically for startups. We will work directly with founders through boot camps, …

Dec 4, 2015 Official Announcement

Announcing the 2016 Distro Dojos

500 Startups has been bringing world class entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley for years. But nowadays entrepreneurs from all over the world can build EPIC, venture-returns businesses without relocating to Silicon Valley — and we aim to help them. The one thing every company wants is growth. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to bring Silicon Valley-style growth marketing to high potential startups all over the world? Wouldn’t it be amazing if teams could not only “learn” growth through talks and lectures but actually DO growth under the hands-on guidance of experts who are so pro at it that it’s practically boring to them? Ah, maybe one day. Throughout 2015, we’ve been taking DISTRO EVERYWHERE with our Distro Dojo growth …

Dec 4, 2015 On the Web

500 Startups accepting applications for its 2016 Distro Dojos program to help companies grow

500 Startups may be known for investing in hundreds of early stage companies every year, but it’s not one to walk away from those that need extra help.The firm piloted a program dedicated to helping startups manage growth and marketing in three cities around the world this year. Based on the results of this pilot, 500 Startups has opted to expand the program to more locations in 2016.

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Dec 3, 2015 On Our Blog

500 Startups Gives Flight to 500 Falcons, a $30M Middle-East and North Africa Focused Fund

We are excited to break new ground in the MENA region (GCC, Levant and North Africa) with the announcement of our newest regional micro-fund, 500 Falcons.   The fund will extend our goal of building a sustainable funding ecosystem in the region by investing in promising new companies and founders. 500 currently has over 30 existing investments in MENA (including Jamalon, Tamatem, Wuzzuf, Fetchr, Edfa3ly, and Shopgo). 500 Falcons will have a target size of $30M USD and focus on seed stage investments between $50,000-$100,000. We will actively co-invest and syndicate deals with existing funds and angels in the ecosystem, with the goal of investing in 100-200 companies. Investment areas of focus e-commerce and marketplaces video and Arabic content SaaS …