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10 US & LatAm Startups Selected for Our 2018 Miami Growth Program!

Ana Paula González

Head of Ecosystem Development Programs



UPDATE: These 10 startups are getting ready to pitch! Accredited investors can get a piece of the action at Miami Demo Day 2018. Contact events@500.co to attend an exclusive debut event on Nov. 1st!


500 Startups Miami Growth Program

500 Startups Miami has selected the 10 startups that will make up the Miami Growth Program Batch 2018. 500’s hallmark 10-week program brings mentors, experts and investors from our global network  to accelerate the startups’ growth trajectory and support fundraising to scale.

The selection was a very competitive process that included reviewing over 200 applications from all over the world. The selected startups all share the following characteristics:

  1. Seasoned teams with solid track record working together
  2. Disrupting large markets in the US and Latam through highly scalable products & services
  3. Impressive traction in terms of revenue and user acquisition.

The startups hail from Miami, Dallas, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, and represent an array of sectors that include fintech, AI for enterprise communications, fashion tech, event tech, edtech, fitness tech, food tech, productivity tech and more!

500 Startups Miami Growth ProgramAnd so, we are proud to present 500 Startups Miami Growth Program Batch 1. We look forward to seeing you on November 1st when these amazing teams present to investors and partners at our Demo Day.

Option Alpha is an all-in-one trading, education, technology, and community for retail investors (Miami, USA)

BabySparks LLC builds tools and programs to help parents engage their babies and toddlers in the critical areas of early development (Miami, USA).

Fanatiz is Netflix for live sports, distributing Latin America’s best soccer games to global audiences (Miami, USA).

Paranoid Fan is a global, multi-purpose social mapping platform that uses emoji maps to drive communication and mobility around live experiences (Dallas, USA).

Yalochat is a conversational AI that builds relationships between companies and their users through messaging apps like WhatsApp (Mexico City, Mexico)

Renueva tu Closet is a social marketplace that connects women to buy & sell clothes they no longer wear (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Fitpal is a subscription-based fitness passport for LATAM and managing system for gyms (Bogota, Colombia).

Runrun.it is a time-centered work-tracking solution for service companies, complete with dashboards and AI enabled reports (São Paulo, Brazil).

EADBOX is a platform to easily create and sell online courses with your own branded website (Curitiba, Brazil).

Apptite is a marketplace of homemade and hand-crafted food, enabling micro entrepreneurs and independent Chefs to sell their meals directly to final consumers (São Paulo, Brazil).

See these companies pitch on November 1st!

Interested investors should contact events@500.co to inquire about attending our first Miami Demo Day.

Ana Paula González

Head of Ecosystem Development Programs

Ana Paula González is the Head of Ecosystem Development Programs at 500 Global. Previous to 500, Ana spent 4 years at New Ventures, developing the impact investing field in Latin America. At NV, Ana helped set up their investment fund, Adobe Capital, led fundraising efforts, and investment and acceleration programs for over 200 for-profit, social and environmental companies throughout the region. Ana started her career at The Boston Consulting Group, where she worked primarily with clients in Private Equity. At BCG, Ana performed due diligence on 9 funds (PE, PERE, VC, LBO) on behalf of institutional investors deploying $600M. She also worked with private equity funds as clients supporting them both on the buy and sell-side with companies worth ~$500M. Ana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with honors and a Bachelor in International Business from Tec de Monterrey with honors. IPO, as well as a number of VC funds in making investments. She is based in Miami.

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