Feb 23, 2016 On Our Blog

500 Startups Announces 500 Kulfi: $25M India Fund

Namaskar! We’re excited to announce our latest regional fund focused on India including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. 500 Kulfi will be a $25M fund focusing on early stage companies with product-market fit and demonstrated traction. Although we’re sector-agnostic, we will take a closer look at FinTech, EdTech, Health & Wellness, Data Analytics, Content and SaaS/SMB. Why is India important to invest in? As Walter Thompson (500 Startups Journalist-in-Residence) recently noted, private equity investment activity in India was up 67% from 2014 to $21 billion. GDP is expected to grow at 7.6% this year, faster than any other large global economy. India has the second largest Internet population in the world after China, more than 300 million users. The number of smartphones …


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Dec 7, 2015 On Our Blog

500 Startups Launches India Based Design Program

At 500, we believe that the best startups are powered by products with quality design. There is a growing appetite in the Indian startup scene to implement great design, yet there are few platforms that teach how. That’s why today, we are excited to launch the 500 Design Program in India. About the 500 Design Program A common misconception is that quality design is time consuming, pricey and hard to achieve. At 500, we don’t think it has to be this way. The 500 Design Program in India is built on our knowledge of working with a wide range of companies on their design challenges, and is crafted specifically for startups. We will work directly with founders through boot camps, …


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Nov 30, 2015 On Our Blog

The Indian Foodtech “Foodpocalypse” Blowup is Rotten to the Core

The trouble that some Indian startups are facing is being touted as the harbinger of a coming apocalypse. What happened at TinyOwl in Pune with employees holding the founders hostage was an embarrassment to all of us. Dazo shutting down. Zomato laying off employees. Foodpanda, well, just Foodpanda. These are normal occurrences at startups. Most of them are, in any case. Some things are hard to comment on without knowing details. Six months ago, almost all of the bloggers and reporters were writing about how foodtech is the second coming of the Indian startup economy and how VCs are falling over themselves trying to get into as many deals as possible. Today, those same folks are pontificating on “the bubble” and …


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