“Every day at 500 Startups is a master class in
how to build a kickass startup.”
“500 Startups changed our company’s
“Having everyone working out of the same space
pushed everyone to be better and iterate faster.”
We believe that great founders come in all shades, genders, and nationalities.
Since our inception, we’ve made it our mission to find and empower talented founders, whether they’re across the world or overlooked in our own backyard.
Diversity has always been a core value at 500. We’re committed to being champions of the global VC community, not as it is, but as we’d like to see it.
27% of the companies in our last 5 batches of the seed program have a female founder.
We have a task force team whose goal is to increase the number of female founders we interview for the Seed program.
67% of the Managing Partners and 44% of the 500 Startups team are women.
“500 gave us a home, a network and a place where we felt that we belonged”
Ran Ma – CEO at Siren Care
44.5% of our portfolio founders belong to racial minorities.
We have funded 48 scholarships for underrepresented investors to attend our VCUnlocked investor education programs.
We started the 500 Startups Unity and Inclusion Summit, which we have hosted in LA, Atlanta, NYC, Berlin and Bangalore, (and more locations to come).
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500 Startups isn’t just a name — we really have invested in over 500 companies.
The numbers speak for themselves.
Diversity is not just a strategy or tactic.
It’s who we are.
- Primary Geographies
- Countries where we’ve invested
We’re based in Silicon Valley, but the 500 Family exists all over the world.
No matter where you’re from or who you are, we’ll welcome you with open arms. GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM
Think you’re crazy? We are too.
We invest in all kinds of companies, but here are a few of the themes we care about:
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Build something amazing. We’re banking on it.
Whether you’re just starting out or raising your next round, we have the resources you’re looking for.
Execution is everything. With our 4-month seed program you’ll get access to awesome mentorship, hands-on sessions with startup experts, and a great office space where you’ll work with other smart, talented founders from around the world. We invest $150k in exchange for 6%. We charge a $37.5k fee for participation in the 500 Seed Program.
We run our seed program in San Francisco and Mexico City. Think you’re ready?Apply Now
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Series A Program
Have your act together? We invest $100-250K on market terms and charge a $25-50k fee depending on geography for participation in the 500 Series A Program.
You’ll get all the perks of being in 500 too – like access to our vast network of investors, partners and founders.
Positive referrals from 500 founders and mentors are the best way to get attention.
We have friends in the business.
Meet our annual partners:
Platinum Annual Partners
Gold Annual Partners
Silver Annual Partners