365 Rolling Admission

500 Global Flagship Accelerator Program

Take your startup to the next level with our flagship seed program in San Francisco. We’re one of the first major accelerators to break away from the rigid deadline system by accepting applications on a rolling basis. We tailor the program to your needs. We’re founders first.
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Our flagship accelerator that started it all

Back in 2010, 500 Startups set out to create a 4-month long accelerator program for early-stage startups in Silicon Valley. After moving the program to downtown San Francisco and most recently opening up applications on a rolling basis, we continue to offer founders the opportunity for a $150,000 investment and a full program focused on growth and scaling their startup.

What do startups get out of the program?


Starting a company is solitary and challenging. Working with other people going through the same challenges makes a huge difference. Founders who’ve gone through our program tell us that the 500 community is extremely valuable.


Starting a company is solitary. Working with your peers going through the same challenges makes a huge difference.


500 brings in a wide variety of experts focused on marketing, culture, startup accounting, product design, sales, finance, and more. Think a Startup MBA on steroids.

Hands-on Support

We’ll work together on your business and product strategy, growth metrics and investor pitches.


You’ll have access to 1,000+ founders, 200+ mentors and our own staff. Thanks to our massive network, startups build relationships and partnerships that wouldn’t be possible at their size without 500. Need an intro to a customer? Early access to a new platform feature? API access blocked? Stuck at the border? We have connections.


Being a 500 Global company will validate your business, and our network will help you connect with investors when the time is right. 500 Startup’s standard accelerator deal is a $150,000 investment in return for a 6% stake. We charge $37,500 to participate, but the fees can be deducted from our investment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

You can apply for our flagship accelerator 365 days a year on a rolling admissions basis at https://500.co/accelerators/500-global-flagship-accelerator-program/apply.

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