Diversity & Inclusion at 500

500 Team at Retreat 2017

The #500Strong family is a respectful and inclusive community. We want to surround ourselves with as many talented people that hold a diverse set of values, abilities, knowledge, and experiences to provide inclusive working environments. We believe those traditionally left out of industry-shaping conversations should help build today’s tech ecosystem. We advocate for a diverse group of experts through 500’s leadership, conferences, and mentorship pool. We encourage our #500Strong family to join us in the vision for diversity and inclusion!


The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, initiatives, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.


500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. Since its inception in 2010, 500 has provided hundreds of millions of investment dollars, acceleration programs, and support services to thousands of entrepreneurs in over 60 countries.

Our Core Values

Be bold

  • Stand by your values. Don’t hide in the foxhole. Believe in yourself. Will what you want.

Be humble

  • Listen, even when it’s tough to hear. Take feedback seriously. Commit to changing for the better. Open hands > fists.

Be inclusive

  • Involve everyone in rebuilding. Be open to vulnerability. Reach out to people. Have compassion and empathy.

Be the example

  • Emerge stronger and lead the way. Bring solutions, not complaints. Be the change you want to see around you.

Be thriving

  • Seek gratitude and believe in resilience.

(It’s also worth noting our love of hashtags. These three encapsulate our values: #500STRONG, #500LOVE, and #HFGSD)

Join Our Upcoming Events

At 500, we love to host events for founders & investors and we run a growth seed accelerator program every year. There’s diversity scholarships available for selected programs and opportunities to get seed funding from one of the most active venture capital firms in the world.

Unity and Inclusion

Investing in Underrepresented Founders

Diversity is a core value for 500. We have funded over 1800+ startups in 60 countries all over the world. Some of our diverse founders include:  Wildfire, SlideShare, Viki, Moonfruit, TheRealReal,Homejoy, Tradesy, BarkBox, Auctio, Blavity, Mayvenn, Shearshare, Mailhaven, Courtbuddy, Worthix, Unicorn, We are Onyx, and many many more!

500 Demo Day

Apply for Our Seed Accelerator

The Seed Accelerator Program is an opportunity for early startups to receive $150,000 funding, mentorship, and growth. The program emphasizes digital marketing, customer acquisition, lean startup practices, and fundraising for pre-Seed companies.

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500 team in swag

500 Team

The 500 Startups team is 100+ staff across 20 different countries. We’re more than half people of color and half women. At 500, our policy is 12 weeks of fully paid leave for all parents in the U.S. In the U.S., only 13% of workers have access to paid parental leave, and the U.S. trails 41 other nations in not mandating paid leave.
Other Compensation/Benefits:
• Full-time salaried position
• Unlimited PTO plus holidays
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance
• 401(k)
• Lunches and snacks provided in the office
• Casual work environment
• Opportunity to work with phenomenal people around the world and join in all networking events 500 offers.

Looking to join? Apply for our open jobs here

500’s Policies

Thanks for reading! For more info about our official policies, check it out below:

Code of Conduct

Diversity & Inclusion Policies