Apr 10, 2017 On Our Blog

Announcing Diversity Scholarship for VC Unlocked with Stanford CPD

Diversity is in our DNA  Anyone familiar with 500 Startups knows diversity is one of our core values.  We are concerned with the current “mostly male, mostly white” panorama in the VC world. According to TechCrunch, only 7% of senior partners at the top 100 venture firms are women and less than 1% are black or hispanic.* At 500 Startups, our team comes from more than 20 countries, and we have invested in startups in over 50 countries. About half our team is female, and more than half are people of color. About half of us like peanut butter and jelly; the other half thinks disco dancing is still cool. We look and act different from most other venture capitalists, and …


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Mar 20, 2017 On Our Blog

VC Unlocked with Stanford CPD is Back!

Applications are now open for our highly sought-after Venture Capital Unlocked investor education program. It will be held July 24th – August 4th in Silicon Valley. An early admission rate of 21K is available through May 1st for a limited number of spots. Apply Here Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing is a two week executive level education program in which participants get an inside look into 500 Startups’ investment playbook and gain firsthand access to top Silicon Valley VCs, angels, startups and entrepreneurs. Hear from past participants on why they decided to take the program and on their favorite VC Unlocked session. The program is taught by our highly experienced 500 Startups partners and Stanford faculty who specialize in venture capital …


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Feb 9, 2017 On Our Blog

BAM!: 500 Startups Reveals Accelerator Secrets…Again

#500BAM We are excited to announce the next session of our newly rebranded Bootcamp for Accelerator Managers (BAM!).  #500BAM will be held in San Francisco April 24-28th. Apply here: education.500.co/accelerator/ In this one week deep dive, 500 partners share all the juicy secrets they’ve learned after running 40+ accelerator programs for different stages in the startup lifecycle. Participants will learn how 500 Startups rocketed to the top of the accelerator food-chain and became one of the best accelerators in the country and the world. Building on the success of our first Bootcamp for Accelerator Managers We ran our inaugural bootcamp, called VC Unlocked: Accelerator edition, in May 2016. It was both fun and eye-opening for the 18 participants (40% women) from 14 geographies, who …


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Aug 16, 2016 On Our Blog

From “Here, Take my Money” to Investing with Vision

We just finished up our 3rd investor training with Stanford Center for Professional Development and we are on a roll! The highly diverse mix of participants spent two weeks unlocking the secrets of venture capital investing and refining their investment theses. They participants finished the program with a much clearer vision of where they are going and how they plan on getting there. They also left with a certificate from Stanford, a maroon baseball cap and a crazy, fun group of friends and future co-investors that were very excited about their new investment theses! The Venture Capital Unlocked program ran from July 25th – Aug 5th and was held at Stanford University and the 500 Startups accelerator in Mountain View. Diverse …


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Jun 3, 2016 On Our Blog

The Career-Changing Impact of Learning How to Invest

Our flagship Venture Capital Unlocked investor training program is back! The 2 week executive ed. program that we co-run with Stanford Center for Professional Development is now accepting applications for its July 25th – August 5th cohort. APPLY HERE Getting the Inside Scoop In the program, participants get an inside look into 500 Startups’ investment playbook and gain firsthand access to world-famous Silicon Valley VCs, angels, startups and entrepreneurs. We are looking forward to another great session taught by Stanford faculty and 500 Startups partners, as well as top speakers like the ones who visited during the February cohort (below). Program Impact At the end of 2015, we highlighted the successes of some of our VC Unlocked participants in a …


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Apr 14, 2016 On Our Blog

Our Accelerator Secrets, Revealed

Dave McClure often shows a slide when he is explaining how 500 Startups works. It only has three bullets: Find Smart People. Give Them Money. Wait for Good Shit to Happen. It seems simple but it pretty much sums up what makes 500 Startups so awesome. Our no bullshit style and #HaveFunGetShitDone motto has been one of the factors for the success of our accelerator program, which Dave McClure and Christine Tsai launched back in 2010. The program runs four times a year and accepts less than 3% of applicants, so technically it’s harder to get into 500 Startups than an Ivy league college. Its also been named a top-tier accelerator in numerous studies, including one by the Kauffman Foundation …


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Mar 28, 2016 On Our Blog

Announcing VC Unlocked: Accelerator edition

Have you ever caught yourself wondering how 500 Startups became one of the top accelerators in the United States in only five years? Well now is your chance to find out! After running 20 batches of what is basically a bootcamp for companies (and doing a pretty darn good job), 500 startups is now launching a bootcamp for VCs on how to run an accelerator. The program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Accelerator edition will run May 2nd to 5th in San Francisco. Apply here. Why 500 is doing this As anyone paying attention may have noticed, a lot of accelerators have been popping up recently, even in the most unexpected places such as the Department of Homeland Security, the National Association of Realtors, or Venezuela. …


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Mar 16, 2016 On Our Blog

Venture Capital is More Art than Science: 5 Secrets of VC Revealed

The number one takeaway of the VC Unlocked investor training program was that there are lots of different paths to becoming a successful investor – and no one way is best. This was great news for the diverse group of participants, who came to Silicon Valley from all over the world for an intensive two week course run by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development. The program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing, ran from Feb 8 – 19th, 2016. On the last day of the program, participants reflected on the question, “Did we really unlock the secrets to venture capital?” The answer was a resounding yes. They agreed that although there is not …


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Mar 9, 2016 On Our Blog

VC Unlocked class ready to invest $600M in startups

As a group, the participants in our Venture Capital Unlocked investor training program plan to invest over $600M in startups around the world. Several of them are already in talks with 500 Startups B15 companies after seeing them pitch at our most recent DemoDay. The program, which is taught by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development, ran from Feb 8 – 19th. It is a 2-week crash course on investing strategies, tools and tactics for investors who want to learn how Silicon Valley really operates. The group of participants was an impressive bunch from all over the world, who over the course of two weeks shared notes, deals, laughs, and (perhaps too) many a cocktail. As to …


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Jan 22, 2016 On Our Blog

Countdown to Venture Capital Unlocked – 4 spots left

Its T minus 2 weeks until our next session of Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing. We are currently in the final stages of selecting participants for our joint program with the Stanford Center for Professional Development that runs Feb 8th – 19th. As of now, there are only four spots left (apply here.) Speaker List   Our visiting instructor and speaker list so far includes: Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures) David Hornik (August Capital) Judith Elsea (Weathergage Capital) Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) Jason Calacanis (Launch, Inside.com) Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures) Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC) and many others Speakers will be opening up to program participants about the challenges they’ve faced in early stage tech investing, including how to access to …


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