500 Startups is proud to bring you Batch 16, the largest accelerator cohort in 500 Startups history with 53 companies in total.
Batch 16 has five major industry themes:
- Digital Health
- HR/workforce development
A majority of the Batch 16 companies are later-stage seed companies making between $10,000 and $100,000 per month in revenue. As has been the case with recent batches in the 500 Startups accelerator, they will focus on distribution and fundraising.
Diversity of the accelerator company founders remains strong: 26% of Batch 16 have at least one female founder and 32% are from outside Silicon Valley or the U.S.
States represented include:
- North Carolina
- District of Columbia
- New York
- North Dakota
Countries represented include:
- United Kingdom
- and our first accelerator company from Nigeria
To learn more about the companies see the TechCrunch article here.
More details on the latest additions to the 500 Family below.
Finally, applications for Batch 17 are now open. Apply here.
Ader helps brands reach their audience via Twitch streamers and gaming blogs. It’s a platform that connects brands to Twitch influencers looking for sponsorship opportunities. Influencers benefit as the majority of their viewers use AdBlock, meaning that they can’t be reached through traditional advertising, resulting in a loss of revenue for the influencer. Sponsors benefit for a few reasons: First, they gain access to the trust between an influencer and his/her audience. Second, they are able to get live feedback during an endorsement to better understand how their product/service is received by the targeted audience. Third, they are able to work with multiple smaller influencers, rather than being forced to work with the largest, most expensive influencers. This enables sponsors to reach a similar audience size at a fraction of the cost.
Albert provides financial advice for free. Albert connects to all of your accounts, provides real life recommendations—like repaying credit card debt with a low-interest loan, getting renter’s insurance, or setting up the right retirement plan—and lets you take action directly from the app. Albert is always humming along quietly in the background, making sure that you’re making the best financial decisions.
Albert partners with handpicked financial institutions—like banks, lenders, and insurers—to offer their services within Albert’s app. They’ve already done the research, developed the relationships, and integrated the technology to make the process as seamless as possible for you.
Ample is an optimized meal designed for convenience while maximizing energy and health. Made of completely natural ingredients, Ample is free of soy, GMOs, and gluten. It provides every vitamin and mineral we need on a daily basis from primarily plant-based sources, and also maximizes and digestive health by supporting your gut microbiome.
Ample comes in an efficient powder within a bottle, so that your “meal prep” will take all of one minute: add water, shake, and drink. Powder also allows us to safely ship Ample without refrigeration to your door, minimize the cost and environmental damage of shipping water across the country, and maximize nutrition content over a long-shelf life.
Angel Sensor is the only wearable designed as an open platform for mobile health. It tracks heart rate, blood oxygen, skin temperature, steps, sleep quality, calories, acceleration, and orientation. It offers unrestricted, real time API to its sensors and full ownership of the data for both developers and consumers.
Arka sources the finest packaging within your budget and uses the fulfillment locations that fit your needs. Any type of packaging, for any type of product. They’ve created a platform that handles all the proofing and production paperwork, with a quick turnaround, without the hassle that’s involved in the traditional packaging and fulfillment processes.
ArrowPass is an NFC-based secure gate control and cashless closed-loop payment solution for events. It works in the most challenging environments, not requiring any connectivity. The patent pending platform has been flawlessly field tested at three events this Summer. PayPass-enabled MasterCard can serve as an ArrowPass ticket/cashless device. This dual card function dramatically increases customer retention between events and conversion of event goers into bank product holders.
Bglamor is an international trading platform that specializes in buying popular items for women such as clothes, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, underwear, and others. They recommend the best products in accordance with your preferences.
Bglamor attracts top fashionistas and fashion industry experts providing you with the latest fashion trends.
Bigfinite provides simple solutions to the analysis and control of complex needs of industrial processes in Biotech and Pharma, covering all the supply chain, from R+D to patient dispensing. They offer a SAAS application for industrial use, under the philosophy of “Internet of Things”, that can be quickly implemented, without having to adapt or change the currently existing systems and with a customer ROI.
BottlesTonight is a simplified bottle service booking and concierge reservation app. You can save up to 70% off each bottle when you book with BottlesTonight. You don’t have to wait in any more lines or experience cover charges. BottlesTonight allows you to enjoy your own private area, bring back new friends, and never miss your favorite DJs!
BrewPublik is a beer discovery and beer delivery platform. You tell them what you like, and then based on your personal preferences, they pick out beers that you are sure to love. Then those beers arrive at your door every month. It’s like a monthly beer Christmas. You never know what you are going to get, but each crate is delivered with your personal preferences in mind.
Buildcon is construction management web and mobile app which revolutionizes the way project managers and engineers organize themselves, by making their communication and collaboration instant with all data in one place. It’s a hassle-free, easy to use construction management tool that helps cut the costs and meet the deadlines, with full control over one or more construction projects.
Cognuse offers software solutions for neurological disease management and rehabilitation. Surrounded by like-minded innovators at the Johnson and Johnson Innovation in San Diego, they strive to design highly integrative digital tools to help guide clients through the recovery process from start to finish.
EasyTen is a mobile app that helps you learn any language with ten words a day. 20 minutes a day is all it takes to succeed with EasyTen. You can start at any level and can learn up to eleven languages so far.
Faception can predict online behavior from face images and is able to analyze a crowd and find your best paying users. They encode facial appearances in proprietary image descriptors and train state of the art machine learning algorithms to predict personal traits, capabilities, and online behaviors.
Finova Financial is a socially responsible technology based lender that is transforming the traditional $5.3 Billion U.S. Title Lending market by applying modern technology, advanced analytics, and a transparent fee structure. Finova clients benefit from instant financing decisions, loan costs that are 50% lower than the national average, immediate access to capital and a pathway to financial health all optimized for the internet and mobile devices. Key to this process is the Finova Score, their proprietary constantly learning credit scoring system designed to assess consumers with bad or no credit which allows us to make a funding decision immediately and provide the consumer with access to funds in as little as 15 minutes. Finova’s Vehicle Equity Line of Credit (VELOC) breaks the traditional 30 day title loan debt trap and provides consumers with a 12 month runway back to financial health.
FoxType offers a free Gmail plugin that helps you write in a more polite, friendly tone. They rate the politeness of your sentences. They also help re-write your sentences to sound more polite.
Handstack is a web & mobile platform that helps community organizations coordinate volunteers and promote events locally. They provide a real-time task list so you don’t have to deal with any more crazy-long email threads. All volunteers can easily collaborate with their team and community partners. Anyone can offer to help with a task and mark it off when they’re done. Handstack also provides a location-based event publicity tool. This allows you to reach out to your neighbors, not just your Facebook and Twitter friends. Their geolocation publicity tool helps people nearby to find your event.
Handstack helps build real movement and impact. Everyone has different talents and resources, and they want to help organizations mobilize all talents and resources from people involved.
Float is a mobile app and an online tool providing easy access to high quality credit. Easy as in, 180 seconds from now you could be online shopping with your Float card, for your own pair of Puma x Rihanna Creepers. With typical banking institutions, this issuance period of a credit card is between 3 to 10 business days (not Float’s 180 seconds).
Float looks at your income and spending habits, rather than credit history and FICO score, and quickly onboards members with personalized terms based on financial capacity. This creates an opportunity for young consumers to build a new type of credit.
iBillionaire tracks what Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn, Bill Ackman and other financial titans are buying and selling. Using SEC filings, the data is fed automatically into the app, though the iBillionaire team has a data analyst on staff who spot checks. The app also comes with a Google news feed that automatically updates news about the billionaires and the stocks they own. iBillionaire was created to give individual investors easy access to strategies used by the most well-known billionaires in the world. Users will be among the first to know when these billionaires make changes to their portfolios.
There are bar charts that show quarterly changes to holdings and pie charts showing how each portfolio is allocated. And investors can enter in their own portfolios to see how they fare against the big guys. iBillionaire also sends out individual alerts that show how a user’s portfolio stacks up against those of the billionaires.
iGrow is a platform for green infrastructure that can be used by anyone who is engaged in this field. iGrow provides a system for the supervision and administration activities to plant crops, so that whatever you plant can be monitored to track its progress over time as easily as you open your Facebook or Twitter account.
iGrow integrates all resources necessary for the growth of a productive tree – from seed to harvest in the future. In iGrow system you can plant a tree even if you do not own the land and resources of any kind. Through a system of Certificates of Ownership Trees (SKP), you can have productive trees on your own without having to buy land.
A supervision and administration system in iGrow allows your garden to be managed by professionals in the field – and from time to time there are independent experts to verify the work of these professionals.
iGrow provides a dashboard that can be followed by anyone. Dashboard provides information in real-time of all the other trees that have been planted together, wherever located.
Indemand is a plug and play platform for building your own on-demand store or service. It allows anyone to set up their own on-demand store in a matter of minutes, without the need for any technical expertise. Think Shopify for the on-demand economy.
Ingu Solutions specializes in monitoring inaccessible or hazardous environments, offering measurement and marketing solutions to challenges that cannot be solved by traditional methods. Experienced in working with leading multinational firms and various national governments, Ingu Solutions offers the necessary intercontinental experience and collaborative networks to integrate operations across national borders.
MaestroConference is the leader in Social Conferencing, a technology that allows people to participate in large-scale, truly interactive virtual events featuring real conversations. Using social conferencing, thousands of people can convene around a topic or cause, engage in small group conversation to learn and share, and inspire one another to action and change.
Their social conferencing platform and its unique patent-pending features are dramatically more engaging than passive video or audio streaming, typing-based social media, or 1-to-many conference calls or webinars – allowing their clients to teach, inspire and sell more effectively.
Their customers include BarackObama.com/Organizing for America, the Democratic National Committee, numerous best-selling authors such as Jack Canfield, Jean Houston, and Barbara Marx Hubbard, MoveOn.org, the Sierra Club, Greenopolis/Waste Management, and over 700 others in more than 15 countries.
Manybot allows you to create a telegram bot without coding. Manybot is the most feature rich platform for bot creation. They combine that power with the simplicity of use. That is why over 17,000 bots are managed through their platform sending more than 10 million messages a day. Text, pictures, videos, files – you can send anything to your users. With Manybot, there is no limit on the length of the post, so you can send multiple messages in a single update. Custom commands let your bot reply with a predefined message or a random message from a list. You can use custom commands to add interactive features to your bot, for example, display best posts of the week, random photo, contact information or even a downloadable list of tracks of your band.
Mentimeter is an online tool where presenters can convert audience opinion into knowledge in real-time by letting them vote using their mobile phone, tablet or computers. Mentimeter was founded by graduates from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and are deeply involved in the Stockholm technology community. They’re all living, breathing and learning from other successful Swedish startups. Mentimeter has acquired paying customers from over 20 countries and among those are McKinsey, Accenture, H&M, Microsoft, Ericsson, Telefonica, Imperial College, KLM and EF Education.
M-vendr is a UK based technology company that through its mobile POS apps, prepaid value distribution and payment aggregation solutions is revolutionizing the way pre-paid voucher products, payments and financial services, are delivered to customers across the globe. Their mission is to take the complexity of multi-channel pre-paid product distribution, cash payment processing and translating it into a convenient, simple and accessible all in one solution. By leveraging the power of cloud and mobile technologies, they are building the fastest growing service point network comprising of small retailers, market traders and informal traders offering a wide range of products and services to customers in their local communities from our mobile POS app.
Neutun is novel tracking software for epileptics through smartwatches and wearables. Their technology is device agnostic, non-invasive and utilizes accessible wearables. They provide a seizure tracking tool for people living with epilepsy.
nurseVersity offers a personalized learning path with targeted recommendations for all nursing students preparing for exams, certifications, and licensing including the NCLEX. nurseVersity specializes in offering supplemental practice exams, flashcards, and video to help all nursing students increase their scores. All of their products and content were designed by students who know what’s tested, and then reviewed and validated by nurse educators. Overall, each of the practice tests are designed to help prepare students for the nursing boards and help raise class exam scores.
OpenSponsorship is the first online platform solely focused on allowing companies to search, connect, and sponsor opportunities within professional sports. Properties are listed and managed directly by the people in the sports industry who own or represent the rights, so companies are confident they are communicating directly with the correct contact to find the best deal available.
Their team is global, innovative, sporty and excited about Opening up the world of Sponsorship. They combine tech experience from Fortune 500 firms and sports agency experience in America, Europe and Asia representing top companies, leading athletes, premier teams and international federations.
Their goal is to create an efficient and effective forum for sponsorship by bringing all types of rights holders together so companies, regardless of size and scope, can plan and implement their sponsorship strategies using OpenSponsorship. It’s as easy as Search, Connect, and Sponsor.
Phenom is a mobile app for athletes to show off their style and hustle. Most brands and training providers claim to be the best, but without the ability to test-drive every option, how do athletes really know? They look to their peers. Phenom will establish the first peer-driven product exploration tool fueled by real athletes, in real-time. From buying a new product to vetting a trainer, camp or combine, Phenom will become the easiest way for athletes to get the inspiration, advice, product information, and professional reviews they need to win.
Pilotly allows you to watch exclusive pilot TV shows and have the opportunity to be the first to tell Hollywood what you think. Their vision is to enable content creators to have meaningful engagements with audiences around the world, such that they can gather detailed feedback to better business outcomes, both near term and long-range.
Podozi is a beauty lifestyle eCommerce company that offers an engaging and personalized shopping experience to members (Premium and non-premium) through a portfolio of beauty and personal care brands. Podozi continues to change the way women shop for beauty and personal care brands, giving members great offers from every transaction.
Qualio is transforming compliance for small and mid sized organizations. Qualio is a quality management system, but not as you know it – think powerful reporting, increased transparency, and incredible ease of use. Based in the heart of Dublin city, they work with customers and industry partners to craft the best solutions to reduce the burden of managing quality & compliance.
Qualio is your all-in-one SOP, document control and training solution. Automate the creation, review, approval and management of Policies, Procedures, Work Instructions, Forms and related content. Version control all your important quality documents. Effortlessly capture training and track progress in real-time.
Qwil is empowering the 1099 workforce. They provide on-demand pay for the on-demand worker. By leveraging support for 1099ers across accounting, tax and legal, 1099ers using Qwil can get paid instantly for work performed and avoid waiting for payment and invoicing cycles.
RapidAPI allows you to instantly make your apps more awesome, with no extra effort. You can create a rich back end for your app, with real-time data and notifications and 3rd party APIs integration to give your users the best experience possible.
Resource uses proprietary software combined with expert human sourcing to find and engage the highest potential candidates, sending interested responses directly to your inbox. We bring together the best practices in data science, advanced Boolean logic, human sourcing, lead generation and automation to identify and attract top performers on your behalf, saving you hours of time.
Resource is for: Founders and Execs who don’t have time to scour the web and personally engage top candidates; Recruiters who wish they had sourcing support and can focus their time on interviewing and closing; Heads of Talent looking to make their team 10x more productive without hiring sourcers in-house.
Resource is a team of recruiters and sourcers with experience at some of the world’s fastest growing companies. They’ve seen first-hand the advantage a dedicated sourcing operation gives scaling companies, and they’re on a mission to bring that sourcing firepower to everyone.
Riide has created an urban style single speed electric bike that’s extremely light weight, nearly silent to operate and very well balanced. It offers quality components that don’t rattle, matching all-black frame and motor design, regenerative braking. Additionally, it includes a throttle mode only (no pedal assist), battery is well positioned and hidden but
Rize automates the saving process for Millennials through technology and behavioral science. Rize helps you: Figure out how much you can/should save each month; Pick smart financial goals to put that money towards; Automate saving by moving the right amount of money from your checking account to your Rize account after each paycheck and allocating it to your goals; and Continuously engage with data on your savings, personalized nudges on how to save more, and education on relevant money topics.
Romit is like PayPal for underserved customers and industries. Romit gives underserved industries high tech payment processing tools that mitigate chargeback risk and fraud. Today, over 25,000 customers securely store payment methods, view transactions, manage merchants and access a fast channel to dispute resolution. There are over $560bn worth of payments / year across Romit’s targeted industries.
Simplifund is a San Francisco based financial enterprise software company, which provides access to and facilitates the distribution of alternative investments.
Tackl is reinventing university career centers by connecting university talents and companies directly and proactively. They provide students unique and dynamic career development opportunities with real-world projects while offering companies direct access to talent information with keyword search.
TagMonkey is a platform to make RFID and IoT simple to use and develop for. Users can deploy hardware, connect it to the cloud, and start to plug into applications.
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The Mars Reel is a basketball-focused international news & multimedia outlet delivering hoops coverage from high school to the pros, via original video and sports reporting.
Ticktate is the place where fans get to dictate the ticket process. Ticktate removes the barriers between you, your favorite artists and the venues you love. Ticktate was started by fans, for fans. They live for live music, not tickets.
Transtutors.com provides assignment and homework help to university and school students 24*7 across the globe. A community of experts helps students in understanding and doing their assignments in a timely fashion avoiding last minute stress. They have a team of 20000+ Qualified Academicians, Experts and Tutors who come together to help students with their problems to provide with Better Education Services and Learning Opportunities Through its focused modules on Homework Help and preparation for examinations, their team has helped thousands of students across globe to achieve stupendous success in their school and college assignments course curriculum and exams.
UpCraft Club is the first modern sewing association for people who especially love using digital patterns. Members receive great benefits and their membership is more than paid for every month. They’re also a new type of curated pattern shop. What makes their concept new is that they have created a set of standards that their customers have told them are important to them when choosing to purchase a digital pattern.
Voyajoy offers full service vacation rental property management. They provide assistance with advertising and marketing management, account management, timely house keeping, contractors to maintain the quality of your home, assistance with administrative work, and interior design recommendations.
WorkAmerica provides online recruiting services for employers in the Skilled Trades, Allied Health and IT. They develop talent pipelines for employers that draw from the wealth of credentialed, experienced talent graduating from our nation’s accredited community colleges and vocational schools. They service employers across multiple industries, including primarily healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and construction. Their mission is to close the skills gap for employers and facilitate access to middle-skill, living wage jobs for job seekers by streamlining the path from vocational education to employment.
Workgeni.us is an early stage company focused on helping precariously employed people in the US through technology, starting with people working in the on-demand economy. For workers, they provide full employment and make it easy to find enough work by seamlessly working for multiple on-demand services with their app. For companies, they provide real-time access to vetted workers giving companies the flexibility of 1099 with the control of W2. They alleviate the operational hassle of finding, acquiring and retaining staff as well as removing legal risk and liability.
Worthix is a scientifically designed customer survey which gives you the power to drive customers to positive decisions by pinpointing top influencers.
YoDerm is a mobile-optimized digital platform that allows patients suffering from acne to connect directly with board-certified dermatologists from any computer or mobile device. In the U.S., the average wait to see a dermatologist is five weeks and combined with the commute to the office and sitting in the waiting room, time really adds up. YoDerm allows patients to complete the registration and start a consult in just minutes from the comfort and convenience of their home. Within hours, your YoDerm dermatologist will create a personalized treatment plan and send in any necessary prescriptions to the patient’s local pharmacy of choice.
As it is a very visual condition, doctors have been diagnosing acne through images for years. By utilizing the latest in telemedicine, which capitalizes on mobile and web technology to remotely deliver high-quality healthcare services, YoDerm patients are just a few clicks, taps or swipes away from clear, acne-free skin.
YouStake is the first fully integrated sports staking and sponsorship platform that allows the masses to invest in skilled sports players for entry in live events. YouStake provides the technology platform needed for backers to invest in player entry fees, creates a real fantasy sports experience between fans and players through direct social interaction, and establishes a simple, secure, and transparent marketplace where players and backers both share in the winnings and excitement.
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