Mar 5, 2019 On Our Blog

In Review: Batch 24 Demo Day

On February 28th, 2019, at Bespoke in San Francisco, 500 Startups Batch 24 celebrated the completion of our 4-month accelerator program with Demo Day. The invite-only event for active and accredited investors brought together the largest crowd yet! We were joined by 500+ investors and LPs for a sold-out event. Batch 24 is made up of 40% female founders and 50% have a Black, Mixed, or Latinx founder. There were also two tracks in this cohort—blockchain and an automotive track in partnership with General Motors. The 18 companies span across a wide variety of verticals from Aerospace to Virtual Reality and join us from countries like Chile, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Ghana and the UK which falls in line with our …


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Mar 4, 2019 On Our Blog

500 Japan Partners Launch Coral Capital

In 2010, 500 invested in our first Japanese company, Gengo. Since then, we’ve gone on to invest in over 57 Japanese companies to date, including Whill, Paidy, TokyoOtakuMode, FlyData, and SmartHR. 3 years ago, we launched 500 Japan as our first Japan-focused fund, with partners James Riney and Yohei Sawayama leading the charge. Today, James and Yohei have announced their new adventures with the launch of their fund, Coral Capital. We are incredibly grateful and proud of their impact on growing 500’s brand in Japan, as well as on the Japanese ecosystem for early-stage companies and VC. We are excited about their new endeavor and look forward to collaborating with them on investments, learnings and many other synergies. James and …


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Mar 4, 2019 On Our Blog

Startup Accelerator Interview: How to Ace Your Interview with 500 Startups

At 500 Startups we receive thousands of applications from promising startups around the world. After we carefully cull them, we reach out to founders and have them participate in a startup accelerator interview with us. We know that start-up accelerator interviews can feel like interrogations, but they are a necessary evil to help us dig deeper to understand the startup, its founders, and see if we can help them grow. We ensure a mutual fit by educating founders throughout the process and teaching them how 500 Startups can help build their company. If you apply to one of our future batches and receive an invitation to interview with us, here’s the low down on our startup accelerator interview process and how we …


Mar 4, 2019 On Our Blog

AirAsia launches venture capital fund in the US and strategic partnership with 500 Startups

Today we would like to tell you about our dear friends, AirAsia. AirAsia is a $2 Billion dollar public company running the largest low-cost airline in Asia, shuttling 90 million passengers to 140 locations a year. Founded by the dynamic entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, AirAsia is no stranger to innovation. In fact, they first launched with digital-only purchasing 18 years ago, introducing the first online air travel purchase for many in Southeast Asia. Fast forward to 2019 and the team is now running a regional payments company, among other tech businesses, under the brand RedBeat Capital. Today, they are taking their foray into tech a step further, launching a venture capital fund called RedBeat Capital. RedBeat Capital has announced a strategic partnership with …


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Mar 1, 2019 On Our Blog

500 Startups is Building Diverse Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Miami

MIAMI, March 1, 2019 — 500 Startups will host the 2019 Unity and Inclusion Summit in Miami to gather entrepreneurs, investors, and the tech community to address the state of diversity in the tech startup ecosystem. The conference, a partnership with Zendesk, Breezy HR, SAP.iO, Silicon Valley Bank, and Samsung NEXT, brings together many of the key players in Miami’s startup community, including a plethora of thought leaders who will be speaking on subjects ranging from the state of diversity to trends in tech and vc. The line-up includes the likes of Shu Nyatta, Partner at Softbank, Laura Gonzalez, Founder and CEO of Venture City, and Brandon Andrews of Shark Tank. This is the first time that 500 Startups is …


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