Announcing Batch 18 — Bring on the Bits, Bots and Bods!

Tristan Pollock

August 01, 2016

We’re proud to announce our 18th cohort of accelerator companies (appropriately called B18) residing in the 500 Startups San Francisco office for the next four months.

The batch has a few themes and includes 46 companies total. There is an 11 company FinTech track (five in insurance) led by Sheel Mohnot who runs the 500 FinTech fund and 8 company Digital Health track led by Rebecca Woodcock.

There are also themes in industrial applications, Tristan Pollock’s experiential lifestyles track (think about companies like Outsite that let you live and work from anywhere), and MOAR bots, including bot analytics company Statsbot, Track for freelance taxes, AI homeowner financial dashboard Homebot, and SimplifiMed for monitoring high risk patients.

500 Startups continues to remain one of the most diverse organizations and accelerators in Silicon Valley and our founders in this batch show it:

  • 19% of companies have a female founder
  • 22% of companies have a black or latino founder
  • 28% are international founders from 11 different countries

We are also excited to welcome our first native Hawaiian founder with Paubox, second investments from New Zealand and Nigeria in Melodics and SureBids, respectively.

Read on to learn more about each company in B18, or visit the Techcrunch announcement here. Note, that only 45 companies are listed below because two are still in super secret stealth mode.

Meet these companies and see them pitch at our next Demo Day. Investors, corporate strategics or reporters that are interested can go here for more information.

If you’d like to be a part of the 500 Family, applications for Batch 19 in Mountain View are open now.



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Andromium’s Superbook is a plug-and-play device that turns your smartphone into a complete laptop for $99.  Once connected to a Superbook, a user can enjoy the same high quality computing experience on their smartphones no matter where they go.




Auctio is a referral management & tracking software that helps B2B companies generate more revenue from referrals. Their platform allows companies to launch and optimize referral and cross-selling programs.




Avicennas is a trusted marketplace that provides a platform for people to find internationally accredited healthcare providers around the world for their medical treatment. Avicennas helps individuals access affordable healthcare with no compromise on quality or service.  




BeaconsInSpace allows users to better monetize their app and generate location analytics using a global beacon network. With their beacon marketplace and a few lines of code, one can instantly acquire a scalable infrastructure of beacons in their home city and across the globe. BeaconsInSpace handles all of the hardware deployments and upkeep while their infrastructure APIs make it easier for one to build their product at scale.



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BIGcontrols utilizes an enterprise SaaS platform to help corporations save millions of dollars by automating the tracking, reporting, and compliance management for their government incentives.


BrightPolicy Inc

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BrightPolicy has created homeowners insurance for digital natives. It is the only way to buy homeowners insurance in minutes on your phone without talking to somebody. BrightPolicy uses the internet to automatically gather all necessary data before asking the user for confirmation, saving them time and hassle.




Croissant is a magic pass for coworking, offering a passport membership to the best workspaces in New York, Boston, and D.C.


Datatron Technologies Inc

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Powered by a team of experienced software engineers, Datatron‘s real-time big data AI engine is complete with proprietary software that allows for enterprises to optimize real-time business decisions.




DigitalOutposts hosts select groups of remote working professional and graduate students in distinctive coworking destinations. The service provides workspace, accommodation, logistics help, and activities, so customers can get their work done while they meet new people and find new adventures.


Fan Stream, Inc.

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Fan Stream offers a new type of sports radio as it connects fans together in live audio conversations to discuss their favorite teams. Optimized for live game action, Fan Stream puts audio communication at the core of the sports community.




Fragmentic is an AI constructor for building SaaS and e-commerce services from pre-designed elements, aimed at customer conversion funnel optimization.


Get Lighthouse, Inc

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Get Lighthouse believes that people leave managers, not companies. That is why they want to give managers a platform to help prevent the pain caused by losing good employees, and feel the joy of a high performing team. Lighthouse helps bring great management to every team and company.


HeavyConnect, Inc.


HeavyConnect is a collaboration platform for enterprise farming that simplifies farming operations, allowing teams to work more efficiently. HeavyConnect simplifies data into a clear and easy to understand actionable format. The platform not only helps with time management, but also saves farmers money.


Homebot, Inc.

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Homebot is an AI powered financial dashboard and planner for Homeowners. It helps homeowners build wealth by optimizing debt, home improvement, and rental potential.



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Indio brings traditional commercial insurance brokers into the digital age. Indio’s workflow management platform platform provides brokers with a centralized location to get quotes from carriers and a beautiful client facing interface to retrieve application information. The focus of Indio’s platform is to reduce the operational overhead that brokers deal with on a day to day basis getting information from the client to the carrier — allowing brokers to focus on consulting and risk management.




Infraspeak is the dawn of a new age in facility management, allowing customers to enhance control and efficiency, cutting costs and reducing bureaucracy by up to 70%.




Inzmo allows for customers to get hassle-free insurance on their mobile phone. The app enables people to purchase everyday insurance products in just a few seconds.


Leapcure, Inc


Leapcure is the fastest and most effective patient engagement platform for accelerating clinical research participation. It assists with the recruitment, engagement and retention of clinical trial patients.


Level Family Therapy

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Level is a platform that provides treatment tools and access to behavioral health professionals. It is a virtual mental health clinic connecting behavioral health professional with individuals in need of expert assistance.


Melodics Limited


Melodics is an entirely new way to learn to play musical instruments.


Nonnatech Inc.

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Nonnatech is an innovative digital health platform that uses its patented remote patient monitoring platform to reduce avoidable emergency room visits and hospitalizations through the early detection of physiologic changes.


OK Play

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OK Play makes for quantifiably better teams via predictive performance analytics. The feedback generated by the platform improves team performance by offering powerful insights based on a particular team’s specific style and personality. OK Play coaches teams by clarifying goals showing performance metrics.


OneKloud Inc.


OneKloud is a cloud control platform that enables control policies along with time and dollar quotas per user, team and project for truly enforcing and optimizing cloud services budgets.


OnFarm Systems Inc.

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OnFarm seamlessly integrates any farm device or cloud data to power solutions that increase farmer profitability and sustainability utilizing analytics and API solutions from disparate agriculture data sources.




OrderCircle simplifies the wholesale ordering process. Wholesale customers can now place orders directly online– no more phone orders, faxes, or emailed forms. The platform also helps companies manage customers as well as make the reordering process easy.



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Outsite aims to disrupt the coliving/coworking market by focusing on beautiful places for location flexible individuals and company retreats. Outsite is a collection of unique work+play accommodations that cater to the growing community of entrepreneurs, business travelers and digital nomads who are looking for alternatives to uninspired hotels and conference halls.


Paubox, Inc.


Paubox offers its customers the easiest way to send and receive secure, HIPAA compliant email. Using email encryption, encrypted forms, branded storage, and email API, Paubox allows users to easily ensure that they are HIPAA compliant.


Pillsy Inc.


Pillsy makes it easier for people to manage their pills and vitamins with their smart pill container and mobile app. PillsyCap automatically tracks when you take your pills and it reminds you when you forget a dose. Pillsy also enables secure sharing so family and loved ones can help each other stay healthy.



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Printify offers a print on demand marketplace & mediation platform connecting on demand producers and e-commerce merchants. Users can generate and sell 500+ designs on Shopify.



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ROHO is a platform for on-demand religious content and experiences. Digitizing sermons allows individuals to feel spiritual and motivated no matter where they are.



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Silvernest’s highly scaleable, innovative online solution pairs aging homeowners (50+) with compatible roommates and provides tools for long-term home sharing. Silvernest focuses on boomers and empty nesters who have space to share.


SimplifiMed, Inc.


SimplifiMed is an enterprise population health management for value-based care. Medication management impacts 17 out of 33 criterion to calculate ACO bonus. Unfortunately, all the physicians in an ACO don’t use the same EHR, making it impossible to manage medications. SimplifiMed helps ACOs keep patients healthy while allowing physicians to continue using EHR of their choice.


Squadle, Inc.


Squadle offers a platform that automates operations workflow for the $4.5 trillion multi-unit retail industry. Squadle gives its customers a better way to collect and act upon all of their operations and compliance data.




Statsbot is an intelligent interface for business apps.


StreamLoan, Inc.

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StreamLoan provides a mobile first, SaaS collaboration and workflow platform, simplifying residential home purchases.  Now the journey is as rewarding as the destination for home ownership. The platform is simple, secure and efficient.




Surebids is a retail voucher platform for gifting, loyalty, remittances and credit in Africa. Surebids offers gift cards to the biggest and best stores in Nigeria.


Tackl, Co.


Tackl is reinventing university recruiting through connecting aspiring talent with the right companies for exciting opportunities. It offers a university talent inventory powered by smart-matching.




Track automates bookkeeping and taxes for freelancers, saving its customers money without the hassle. Track offloads all the heavy accounting so you can stay focused on the work that pays.




Treat is an app for all things pet care. Treat offers full service pet care, transparent pricing, same-day booking and more all in the comfort of your own home.




Trym insurance works to fit all your small business needs.


Up All Night


Up All Night is your very own nightlife concierge that gets you into the best events. Through its subscription model, users get 4 tickets to the hottest events plus exclusive discount tickets for $25 a month.




Usetrace is a web app that uses cloud computing to automatically test your site the way your customers would actually use it. Usetrace does not require coding or constant updating. The testing system is long lasting as it adapts with the changes that come as you edit and redesign your site.


VisionX Solutions

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VisionX is a global insurance distribution system, like Amadeus for the travel industry.



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Voxeet offers APIs for 3D surround sound voice and video communication. Voxeet lets you rapidly integrate its award-winning TrueVoice audio technology and convenient messaging and collaboration capabilities directly into your website or mobile app.


WhereFor, Inc.


WhereFor is the first search engine to determine where you can travel for what you want to spend, allowing users to take the best vacation possible.  Simply enter your total budget, see where you can go, what flight to take, and where to stay all for whatever amount you can afford.

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