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1-Year In: Female Founders Reflect on the Impact COVID Has Had on Their Businesses

It’s not always easy to steer away from what feels comfortable. During the past year, COVID-19 has glaringly amplified the importance of flexibility. In many instances, doing a complete 180 from the status quo wasn’t just an option—it was an absolute necessity.  Specifically, the following 16 female founders have beautifully managed to take something as destructive as the COVID pandemic...

500 Startups Welcomes 7 Companies into Batch 13 of Somos Lucha LatAm

500 Startups is excited to announce the latest batch of our LatAm program, focused on providing mentorship for Spanish-speaking early-stage companies based in the region.  Batch 13 companies, wh...

Batch 27 Presents at 500 Startups’ Digital Demo Day

Digital Demo Day has returned for a second consecutive year, with 500 Startups showcasing Batch 27 to a global network of investors, corporates and press.  Twenty-nine companies delivered pre-re...

The Inclusion Impact Index Project: A Call for Founders to Participate

We know that entrepreneurs across the United States – women, men, Black, Latine, Veterans, LGBTQ+ and more – are contributing enormously to the success of our economy. But do we know how much? And ...

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March 30, 2021
March 30, 2021

1-Year In: Female Founders Reflect on the Impact COVID Has Had on Their Businesses

It’s not always easy to steer away from what feels comfortable. During the past year, COVID-19 has glaringly amplified the importance of flexibility. In many instances, doing a complete 180 from the status quo wasn’t just an option—it was an absol...
March 17, 2021
March 17, 2021

500 Startups Welcomes 7 Companies into Batch 13 of Somos Lucha LatAm

500 Startups is excited to announce the latest batch of our LatAm program, focused on providing mentorship for Spanish-speaking early-stage companies based in the region.  Batch 13 companies, which hail from Mexico (4), Chile (1), Peru (1) and ...
February 08, 2021
February 08, 2021

Batch 27 Presents at 500 Startups’ Digital Demo Day

Digital Demo Day has returned for a second consecutive year, with 500 Startups showcasing Batch 27 to a global network of investors, corporates and press.  Twenty-nine companies delivered pre-recorded presentations in a live streamed event, wit...
February 08, 2021
February 08, 2021

The Inclusion Impact Index Project: A Call for Founders to Participate

We know that entrepreneurs across the United States – women, men, Black, Latine, Veterans, LGBTQ+ and more – are contributing enormously to the success of our economy. But do we know how much? And how many more jobs could they have created or rais...
January 05, 2021
January 05, 2021

Thinknum Co-Founder Gregory Ugwi on Growing Only as Fast as You Learn

Lagos-native Gregory Ugwi started his career as a strategist (or “strat”) at Goldman Sachs in 2008. “As a strat, you write code and build data models while working with salespeople and traders,” he said. “You’re supporting them.” Ugwi liked everyt...
December 16, 2020
December 16, 2020

Female Founders Share Their Most Powerful Tips for Increasing Their Company’s Runway Without Compromising Growth

It’s no secret that startups need both money in the bank and customer growth to succeed. While it can be a delicate balance to strike, the following eight female founders have done just that — proving it’s possible and sustainable to increase a co...
December 15, 2020
December 15, 2020

BLCK VC’s Brian Hollins Talks Opportunities and Resources for Black Investors

Black investors and founders are still vastly underrepresented in the world of venture capital, but there are signs of positive momentum. Take it from Brian Hollins, a founding board member of BLCK VC, a nonprofit helping aspiring Black investors ...
December 14, 2020
December 14, 2020

Why We’re Publishing Our Diversity & Inclusion Statistics

Diversity has always been part of 500 Startups' DNA. We know great companies are born of great ideas, and great ideas come from founders of varied race, gender and geography. While institutional investors have historically overlooked diverse leade...
December 08, 2020
December 08, 2020

How New SEC Crowdfunding Rules Could Provide Founders With a Boost

Equity crowdfunding looks poised to deliver expanded opportunities for founders trying to raise capital, thanks to new guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Among other areas, the SEC has announced updates to how secu...
November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020

How Former NFL Player Mike Brown Is Innovating Philanthropy with His Platform Win-Win

To understand Win-Win, a gamified giving platform, you have to understand founder and CEO Mike Brown’s journey. It started in Houston, Texas, where Brown grew up a football star and 4.0 student, with a charitable streak. “My mom raised me to be im...
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