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The New Batch On The Block: 500 Startups Batch 23 Companies

Jessica Tan
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April 16, 2018

500 Startups is excited to announce our latest batch from our flagship Seed Accelerator, this time welcoming not only a new cohort of 17 companies, but also a Blockchain track!

Based out of our San Francisco HQ, Batch 23 will feature three tracks: Digital Health (22%), Blockchain (17%) and FinTech (17%). Accompanying these tracks are B2B, B2C, SaaS, and e-commerce companies, ranging from AI-driven legal services to biodegradable pour-over coffee technology.

Our global outlook when discovering and backing talented entrepreneurs has again, helped form a diverse cohort. 50% of the companies are based outside of the United States include founders from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, Canada, Egypt, South Korea, and Lebanon. 33% are of Asian descent, 26% Middle Eastern, and 10% LatinX. Additionally, 30% of the companies were founded by women!

Per tradition, the batch kicked off with the (in)famous Marketing Hell Week, a week-long bootcamp focused on growth. The 4-month intensive Seed Accelerator will focus on sales, fundraising, and storytelling, which prepares the companies for the culminating Demo Day taking place on June 28th. Companies will continue to log valuable office hours with investors, annual partners, and our extensive 500 mentor network, throughout the program.

We’re thrilled to continue our vision of supporting founders in their missions to create successful companies at scale, and to ultimately build thriving global ecosystems with this batch. So, without further ado, here are the companies from Batch 23:

 

Chipper is a mobile app that helps student loan borrowers pay off debt faster through round ups from everyday transactions and contributions from family and friends

Copper Cow Coffee brings specialty Vietnamese coffee to your office, home and adventure with their innovative, 100% biodegradable pour over technology

 

Finedine Menu is a management platform for restauranteurs to create data driven digital menus for a smarter and more profitable dining experience

Harmonica is a mobile application that helps users find the right life partner in a safe & scientific approach that focus on quality and fits conservative cultures

Koreaboo is a digital media company that creates and shares viral Korean pop culture content, in English, to millions of people around the world

Lexop‘s platform is like a digital process server that allows law firms and property managers prove the delivery of their emails in a legal and trackable way

Lexyom is an online platform that provides users with smart legal answers and tailored legal services using artificial intelligence

Libra Credit is global lending platform that allows anyone, to borrow money against their cryptocurriences and cryptoassets

Metadium is an indentity service platform that provides the fundamentals for various services providers to develop their business on the blockchain

Orchard leverages proprietary diagnostics technology to enable resale of preowned smartphones and tablets.

 

Purple Go enables retailers in the $36B vision care industry to reach today’s omnichannel consumer with seamlessly integrated online and in-store mobile software services

Reflect is a mental health platform that reimagines in-person therapy to be more accessible and effective by using data-driven matching to increase engagement and outcomes

 

Salusive is a nurse-based healthcare provider that offers a technology platform with clinical services to help physician practices streamline disease management

 

Shezlong is an online mental health platform focusing in MENA region, that allows patients to be connected with licensed therapists via video visit on mobiles or web

Solana is a high performance blockchain that can scale over 700k transactions per second on stock hardware to deliver on the promise of blockchain

 

Starship is a mobile health savings account (HSA) with automated investing built for humans

 

StructionSite lets construction project teams access the jobsite remotely and compare design to reality

Welcome to the #500Strong Family, Batch 23!

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