Global Perspectives

How to Do Deals in Slack

Back in March, 500 Startups set up a dedicated Slack channel to facilitate investor networking during its first ever Digital Demo Day. The platform, renamed 500vc, proved so popular that the team decided to turn it into a permanent meeting venue. Deprived of travel and in-person events, more than 1,300 vetted investors from around 50 countries now converge in 500vc to meet, share deals and exch...

It’s Never Too Soon for Entrepreneurs to Make the World a Better Place (And Mean it)

The Black Lives Matter movement has reminded us of our collective failure to forcefully address systemic discrimination. The venture capital community is no exception. Women and minorities are woef...

Martin Basiri of Newly-Minted Unicorn ApplyBoard on the Future of Edtech

In May, Ontario-based ApplyBoard announced that it raised $75 million, making it 500 Startups’ latest unicorn with a valuation of $1.4 billion. This was a feat for a couple of reasons: the edtech c...

500 Startups, WEF and WHO Call on Global Startups to Solve COVID-19 Challenges

Following our inaugural ImpactAim Indonesia Demo Day last November with the UNDP, the World Economic Forum’s Tanah Sullivan shared with us an ambitious new project at the WEF called UpLink. Its goa...

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September 22, 2020
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How to Do Deals in Slack

Back in March, 500 Startups set up a dedicated Slack channel to facilitate investor networking during its first ever Digital Demo Day. The platform, renamed 500vc, proved so popular that the team decided to turn it into a permanent meeting venue. ...
July 29, 2020
July 29, 2020

It’s Never Too Soon for Entrepreneurs to Make the World a Better Place (And Mean it)

The Black Lives Matter movement has reminded us of our collective failure to forcefully address systemic discrimination. The venture capital community is no exception. Women and minorities are woefully underrepresented as both entrepreneurs and fu...
July 17, 2020
July 17, 2020

Martin Basiri of Newly-Minted Unicorn ApplyBoard on the Future of Edtech

In May, Ontario-based ApplyBoard announced that it raised $75 million, making it 500 Startups’ latest unicorn with a valuation of $1.4 billion. This was a feat for a couple of reasons: the edtech company is only five years old, and it managed to r...
July 09, 2020
July 09, 2020

500 Startups, WEF and WHO Call on Global Startups to Solve COVID-19 Challenges

Following our inaugural ImpactAim Indonesia Demo Day last November with the UNDP, the World Economic Forum’s Tanah Sullivan shared with us an ambitious new project at the WEF called UpLink. Its goal: to crowdsource innovations in order to accelera...
June 09, 2020
June 09, 2020

Our Framework Post-COVID-19

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected nearly every industry globally. Supply chains have been disrupted, businesses have had to close or operate at limited capacity for months, and even founders have had to expand their fundraising timeframe...
April 28, 2020
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Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

Long before diversity and inclusion became buzzwords, we decided to make venture capital inclusive from day one at 500 Startups. They became our guiding principles, because we know that great talent exists in all forms, no matter your gender, race...
April 06, 2020
April 06, 2020

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

With the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale. On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders. Using YouT...
April 03, 2020
April 03, 2020

How the 500 Startups Community Is Helping Those Affected By COVID-19

We at 500 are focused on helping the global community during these unsettling and unprecedented times. We are hosting roundtables and webinars with our partners and founders to address relevant topics, including the state of financing with our por...
December 20, 2019
December 20, 2019

The Value of the 500 Seed Accelerator in 2019

Going into 2020, 500 will be entering it’s tenth year of operation. It’s been a crazy journey for us from a small first batch of startups in our Silicon Valley Accelerator to running accelerators across the globe and investing in founders from ove...
December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019

500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups

In 2010, 500 Startups started as a new kind of venture capital firm in Silicon Valley with a contrarian belief that talent can come from anywhere in the world. Back then, very few venture capital firms in the valley were focused on much outside of...
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