Aug 28, 2017 On Our Blog

How 500 Startups picks investments

How do you evaluate a potential startup investment? This is inevitably one of the first questions I’m asked when talking to aspiring VCs at industry events and programs like VC Unlocked, and rightfully so. Ask around and you’ll hear about the hours clocked and the expensive mistakes a VC has to make in order to develop the muscle memory and pattern recognition to succeed in this industry. Throw in the influx of capital chasing fewer high-potential startups, and it becomes increasingly clear that early stage investors need to arm themselves with something stronger than gut instinct. For investors looking to break into the industry, that means honing in on their opportunity assessment framework and filters that allow them to mitigate …


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Aug 25, 2017 On Our Blog

Edith Yeung’s 2017 China internet report

China Internet Report 2017 by Edith Yeung from Edith Yeung Our very own 500 China partner Edith Yeung just released her China internet report. This 67-page report includes everything you need to know about China internet landscape including China vs. US internet by the numbers, China internet market size, top China startup cities, venture capital, smartphone landscape, major Chinese internet trends including messaging, mobile payment, Cryptocurrency, shopping, bike sharing, live streaming. gaming, eSport, artificial intelligence, and education. Here are some of our takeaways: China internet future is really bright… China is the leader of messaging, mobile payment, bike-sharing, gaming, eSport, live streaming and online education industries. China’s domestic market for mobile payment, bike-sharing, gaming, eSport, live streaming and online education …


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Aug 15, 2017 On Our Blog

You have been accepted into 500 Startups. Now what?

Guest Author – Eugene Vyborov, CTO, YayPay (A 500 Startups Batch 20 Company) Among the 180+ independent accelerators around the world, American programs hold sway and considerable appeal. Getting into a US-based accelerator is a dream for many startups, especially ones that are based outside the United States. It’s easy to see the attraction: accelerators offer access to the American ecosystem of innovation, collective wisdom of successful entrepreneurs, visibility to prominent VCs, and a trip to the US, all in one package. From reading cover stories in magazines, one might buy into the idea that once a company is accepted into a prestigious accelerator program, its path to success is clear. The reality is far from it. As I have previously …


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Aug 14, 2017 On Our Blog

Looking back at VC Unlocked 2017

After two weeks of intense coursework, six guest lectures, 32 investment thesis presentations, and a mind-boggling amount of coffee, another successful VC Unlocked Program with the Stanford Center for Professional Development is officially a wrap. With over 200 applicants, this was our most competitive application process yet. We’ve covered the amazing diversity and background of the class in a previous post, but suffice to say that we had several contenders for The Most Interesting Woman (and Man) in the World. Now that we’ve had some time to catch up on some sleep (and email), we’ll recap a few of the many highlights from the latest installment of our flagship educational program. Setting the framework “Whether they’re new to angel investing …


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Aug 9, 2017 On Our Blog

Announcing: The First Batch in 500 Startups Data Track

Two weeks ago, the first batch of 500 Startups’ new Data Track kicked off in San Francisco, alongside the twenty-second incarnation of our flagship Seed Program. We selected some of the most innovative startups in big data, machine learning and AI to participate in the intensive 3-month program. Today, we’re excited to share the inaugural cohort, which consists of 7 companies from 7 different countries around the world: Botsociety (Italy) Botsociety is a design tool for previewing, prototyping and testing conversational interfaces. Curio.io (United Kingdom) Curio.io delivers professionally narrated audio of curated articles from leading news publications like The Financial Times and The Guardian. Mobile Forms (Nigeria) Mobile Forms is a platform for local and international businesses to crowdsource reliable …


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Aug 8, 2017 Official Announcement

Announcing 500 Startups Batch 22!

Two weeks ago, the latest incarnation of the 500 Startups Seed Program, Batch 22 (B22), kicked off in sunny San Francisco.  The new cohort consists of 36 innovative startups from 14 countries.  42% of the companies are based outside of the United States, with founders representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. B22 includes a focus on FinTech (9 companies), Data (7 companies), and Digital Health (4 companies), with other startups ranging from facial recognition to supply chain management to the largest global community of motorcycle riders.  14% of companies have a female founder.  31% of founders are Asian, 11% Middle Eastern, 10% LatinX and …


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Aug 7, 2017 On Our Blog

500 Batch 21 Demo Day Recap

On August 1, 2017, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, 500 Startups’ latest batch, Batch 21, celebrated their graduation from our 4-month accelerator program with Demo Day. The 28 Batch companies hailing from 9 different countries successfully pitched their companies to a room full of 500 active and accredited investors + 2,000 more tuning in via livestream. Below is a recap of the event. WHAT IS DEMO DAY? An invite-only event for 500+ active & accredited investors, Demo Day is a private viewing of our most recent accelerator startups before they ‘graduate’. Attendees will get a first look at the startups, meet the founders, and network with other top-tier investors, corporate strategists, & press. VIEW THE B21 PITCHES HERE VIEW PHOTOS …


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Aug 2, 2017 Official Announcement

Announcing VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley

Applications are now open for VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley! Deal Camp is our four-day program for investors who want to hone their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. This is the third time we’ve run Deal Camp with UC Berkeley, one of the top universities in the world, and we’re really excited about the upcoming program. Go Bears! Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Startups partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns. At the end of the week, participants will walk away with a Certificate from UC Berkeley Law, an expanded global network, the confidence and practical know-how to make better investments…and some #500Strong swag! The …


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