Feb 20, 2018 Official Announcement

Welcome Huobi Labs! Meet 500 Startups’ Blockchain New Friends

Meet Huobi Labs – our new friend for 500 Startups’ Blockchain track. At close to $1 Billion in trading volume per day, Huobi is one of the largest global digital asset exchanges for cryptocurrencies. Founded in 2013, Huobi serves millions of customers from over 130 countries and now has business and operational centers across Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, etc. Huobi Lab is a blockchain incubator under Huobi started in 2017. 500 Startups will be teaming up with Huobi Lab to support our blockchain track and we will leverage Huobi Lab’s extensive global blockchain network. Together, we will provide practical guidance to companies on topics ranging from fundraising strategy, white paper development, go-to-market strategy, community engagement and marketing. “I …


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Nov 22, 2017 Official Announcement

Announcing 500 Startups Latin America Batch Ocho!

It’s been a rigorous last two months searching throughout Latin America for the next batch of startups to join our portfolio. During this time we received applications from over 825 companies, interviewed over 150, and finally selected 12 companies to welcome to the #500strong global family. Today we are  thrilled to announce the latest companies to the 500 Startups Mexico City Seed Program, Batch 8. This new batch consists of founders from all over Latin America; with companies from Argentina (2 companies), Chile (1 company), Colombia (1 company), Mexico (6 companies), and Peru (2 companies). Batch 8 includes a focus on FinTech (4 companies), Logistics (3 companies), SAAS (2 companies), E-commerce (2 companies), and Recruiting. Here’s a full list of …


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Aug 14, 2017 On Our Blog

Looking back at VC Unlocked 2017

After two weeks of intense coursework, six guest lectures, 32 investment thesis presentations, and a mind-boggling amount of coffee, another successful VC Unlocked Program with the Stanford Center for Professional Development is officially a wrap. With over 200 applicants, this was our most competitive application process yet. We’ve covered the amazing diversity and background of the class in a previous post, but suffice to say that we had several contenders for The Most Interesting Woman (and Man) in the World. Now that we’ve had some time to catch up on some sleep (and email), we’ll recap a few of the many highlights from the latest installment of our flagship educational program. Setting the framework “Whether they’re new to angel investing …


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Aug 9, 2017 On Our Blog

Announcing: The First Batch in 500 Startups Data Track

Two weeks ago, the first batch of 500 Startups’ new Data Track kicked off in San Francisco, alongside the twenty-second incarnation of our flagship Seed Program. We selected some of the most innovative startups in big data, machine learning and AI to participate in the intensive 3-month program. Today, we’re excited to share the inaugural cohort, which consists of 7 companies from 7 different countries around the world: Botsociety (Italy) Botsociety is a design tool for previewing, prototyping and testing conversational interfaces. Curio.io (United Kingdom) Curio.io delivers professionally narrated audio of curated articles from leading news publications like The Financial Times and The Guardian. Mobile Forms (Nigeria) Mobile Forms is a platform for local and international businesses to crowdsource reliable …


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Aug 8, 2017 Official Announcement

Announcing 500 Startups Batch 22!

Two weeks ago, the latest incarnation of the 500 Startups Seed Program, Batch 22 (B22), kicked off in sunny San Francisco.  The new cohort consists of 36 innovative startups from 14 countries.  42% of the companies are based outside of the United States, with founders representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. B22 includes a focus on FinTech (9 companies), Data (7 companies), and Digital Health (4 companies), with other startups ranging from facial recognition to supply chain management to the largest global community of motorcycle riders.  14% of companies have a female founder.  31% of founders are Asian, 11% Middle Eastern, 10% LatinX and …


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Aug 2, 2017 Official Announcement

Announcing VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley

Applications are now open for VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley! Deal Camp is our four-day program for investors who want to hone their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. This is the third time we’ve run Deal Camp with UC Berkeley, one of the top universities in the world, and we’re really excited about the upcoming program. Go Bears! Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Startups partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns. At the end of the week, participants will walk away with a Certificate from UC Berkeley Law, an expanded global network, the confidence and practical know-how to make better investments…and some #500Strong swag! The …


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Jul 25, 2017 Official Announcement

Kicking off VC Unlocked, and a New Website!

Big news! It’s the first week of VC Unlocked! We’re welcoming an awesome new group to the Stanford campus this week. They’ve traveled from as far as Lagos and Melbourne to be with us here in Silicon Valley and we couldn’t be more thrilled. In the spirit of #500Strong, we wanted to share some fun facts about the participants and the exciting program we have planned. Here goes: 47% of participants are women 74% are based internationally, representing 17 countries including Brazil, Nigeria, Russia, Colombia, and the UAE Participants have made 250+ investments in total Areas of investment focus include FinTech, BioTech, telecom, FoodTech, and more Participants come from family funds, government offices, startup accelerators, and private equity backgrounds In addition …


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Jul 19, 2017 Official Announcement

Announcing “Silicon Valley Secrets for Investing in Asia” with INSEAD

We’re excited to announce that applications are now open for our newest course, “Silicon Valley Secrets for Investing in Asia.” We’ve teamed up with INSEAD, a leading global business school, to offer investors a one-week deep dive on how to apply Silicon Valley investing expertise to Asia-based startups. After the huge success of our VC Unlocked programs in the Bay Area, this marks the first time we’re taking one of our programs outside the U.S. The course will be held at INSEAD’s Asia campus in Singapore from November 6 – 10, 2017. For AIPAC investors, that means the same unrivaled access to our Silicon Valley network, investing know-how, and extensive Asia knowledge, minus the 12-hour flight and jetlag. Sound good? …


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Jun 30, 2017 On Our Blog

Making Changes at 500

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is the advice I give to people whenever they ask for it. It’s aspirational, which means it is a lot easier said than done. As I write this post, I’m reminded even more of it. In recent months, we found out that my co-founder Dave McClure had inappropriate interactions with women in the tech community. His behavior was unacceptable and not reflective of 500’s culture and values. I sincerely apologize for the choices he made and the pain and stress they’ve caused people. But apologies aren’t enough without meaningful actions and change. Because of this, we made the decision a few months ago to change the leadership structure at …


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Jun 15, 2017 On Our Blog

Growth Hacking the MENA Region

Following up on our earlier post announcing the first closing of 500 Falcons, our fund for the Middle East and North Africa, we’re going to be posting a few more announcements on the MENA region and the meaningful ecosystem-building projects we’re working on. As we’ve been investing in the region over the last 6 years, we’ve seen a lot of similarities between the Middle East and other emerging entrepreneurial markets in comparison to the startups we see in Silicon Valley. One particular area of focus that we felt needed a big boost was growth hacking. Growth hacking in simple terms is data-driven, online customer acquisition and distribution methodologies that have evolved as a distinct skill set from either traditional business …


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