Mar 18, 2017 Official Announcement

500 Startups is Coming Down Under with LaunchVic Partnership

Applications for the 500 Melbourne accelerator program are now open. Apply here. This year, 500 Startups will launch our 500 Melbourne office to deliver a comprehensive series of startup and investor education programs and events to help support top Aussie startups, angel investors, VCs, and the larger Australia startup community. We are doing this in partnership with LaunchVic, Victoria’s innovation support agency. 500 Melbourne will work alongside local accelerators, corporates and other startup investors to develop and grow the Australian startup ecosystem and help connect Australia with investors and mentors in the Silicon Valley tech community and around the world. The 500 Melbourne core acceleration program will accept 20-25 startups annually from Australia and the APAC region, and provide the …

Jan 24, 2017 On Our Blog

Why We Love the World’s Startup Underdogs

Several of us at 500 are matching donations to Gaza Sky Geeks until January 27. If you would like to support Gaza Sky Geeks, donate at to help them keep the lights on and launch Gaza’s first coding academy. Here’s why we’re supporting.   At 500 Startups, we’re countercultural investors.  We became the most active seed-stage investor in the world (1600+ companies and counting), because we pioneered a value approach to startup investing – using a quantitative approach to discovering wins rather than gambling large checks on fewer companies. 500 Startups operates microfunds around the world, extending our approach to emerging startup markets, such as Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, Japan and others.  We have also …