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500 Startups Announces Batch 11 in Mountain View

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Can you believe we’re already on our 11th accelerator batch? For those of you keeping track, this is our ninth batch in Mountain View!

As always, our companies have all types of founders from everywhere on the globe. There are 30 companies in this group, and 37% of our companies have at least one woman on the founding team. Additionally, 57% of our companies have at least one foreign‐born founder.  Countries include: Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland, Norway, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Kenya, Lebanon, Israel, Russia, Singapore…. < cue… It’s a small world world after all…..>  Follow of our companies on AngelList.

If you want to join 500 in the future, you’re in luck – Batch 12 (San Francisco) applications are currently open. We’re always on the look out for great companies with traction and awesome founders.  APPLY NOW

Without further ado, here are all the companies in our latest accelerator: 


AppZen provides the worlds first ambient solution for T&E expense compliance and audit. AppZen’s patent pending data science based technology automatically creates expense reports, provides real time compliance to IRS rules and company policies and automatically audits and assigns risk score to every expense to detect fraud and misuse.

Founders: Kunal Verma, Anant Kale
From: Silicon Valley
Fun Fact: Kunal loves cooking late night snacks. Anant loves to sing, where no one can hear him.

Cleanify is an Expedia for cleaning companies – they aggregate cleaning companies and market them to consumers online. Addressing the $100B cleaning market consisting primarily of SMB cleaning services.

Founders: Justin Potter, Mandy Potter, Luis Sanchez
From: Vancouver, Canada
Fun Fact: Justin was a rapper in a second life. Mandy is a Drag King.

Tourlandish is an on-demand mobile marketplace that helps travelers discover & book the most incredible tours, activities, events & local experiences in town for the next 24 hours at exclusive discounted prices. All it takes is 3 taps and 60 seconds. They combine Uber-like convenience with HotelTonight-esque discounted pricing offering an unparalleled experience to 60% of more than 3 billion travelers that look for local experiences at the last minute.’

FoundersSuren SultaniaVikram Jit SinghVarun Khona
From: Banaglore & New York
Fun Fact: They claim to be the best foosball team of founders in tech. To verify, challenge them for a duel.


A wearable controller platform for managing devices and interactions with a simple tap of hardware that is part of your everyday wardrobe. Starting with Drumpants (as featured on Shark Tank) this team is helping to drive a new way to interact with the things and technology around you.

FoundersLei YuTyler Freeman
From: San Francisco
Fun Fact: Tyler plays guitar in a metal band, and VJs for other bands.

Italist is a marketplace for high end luxury fashion boutiques and emerging Italian brands. Through Italist, Italian boutiques, artisans, and emerging designers are able to gain distribution and sales. Consumers access luxury Italian goods they can’t easily get at home, as well as discover the next Gucci or the next Prada.

Founders: Raffaele Giovine, Fulvio Marcello Zendrini, Andrea Milani
From: Italy
Fun Fact: Raffaele is the proud father of two and ex-professional football player.

Studypool is an academic support community that helps students solve questions. Getting stuck on difficult problems is at the heart of learning, yet students get so frustrated that they give up and lose their passion for academic subjects. Studypool solves this issue by instantly connecting students with high quality tutors to help them with their questions.

Founders: Richard WerbeJimmy Zhong
From: Silicon Valley by way of Atlanta
Fun Fact:  Jimmy is a semi pro skateboarder.

Doughbies delivers freshly baked cookies in 20 minutes or less. Everything is handmade in small batches by local bakers who care about quality and method. Whether you’re ordering for yourself for the after lunch pick-me-up, for a friend’s birthday, or to close a deal with a client, Doughbies brings them to you in minutes.

FoundersDaniel ConwayMariam Khan
From: San Francisco
Fun Fact: Daniel was born on 8/9/89 at 8:09am

Bohoclo is a seasonal clothing service and lifestyle brand for gay men. Subscribers pay a $39 styling fee and receive 8-10 pieces of clothing tailored to their tastes and size with total retail value between $600 and $800. We launched this summer with 100 subscribers and will be shipping to 250 subscribers this fall.

FoundersStephen ConnNatalie Pavlovsky
From: California & Maryland
Fun Fact:  Natalie is a karaoke pro.


ElWafeyat is an online platform for obituaries and condolences for the Middle East. Obituaries are a huge part of Middle Eastern culture, as are sending public condolences to the deceased. Starting first with Egypt, Elwafeyat will build family trees and map the social graphs for people to instantly announce the death of a family member, reaching a much wider audience than through physical newspapers.

Founders: Yousef ElSammaa, Omar Hamdalla, Nesma El-Far
From: Egypt
Fun Fact:  Yousef started this company while in the military.


VaiVolta is a marketplace that helps construction companies to rent and manage equipment.

FoundersLincoln AndoVictor Queiroz
From: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fun Fact: Victor loves learning new languages. He can speak Portuguese, French and English and has studied some Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese.


To date the restaurant industry has relied on paper invoices and receipts in its back office operations.  ChouxBox is SaaS software that helps restaurant owners manage their receipts and invoices online.

FoundersBenjamin KannerTony AiazziXavier Mariezcurrena
From: NYC
Fun Fact:  Tony is a classically trained chef by trade and produced a collection of cookbooks as a side project.


ProSky conducts online courses to teach students technical and employable skills. As students learn these vital skills, they collaborate in teams to practice what they learn on real-time projects for actual companies! Join them and ProSky your way to your dream career!

FoundersCrystal HuangAndy SioMatthew Ang
From: Los Angeles
Fun Fact:  Crystal was asked to audition as a host for MTV Asia and actually got an offer but had to return to the US to finish college. Matt won The Price is Right’s showcase showdown


AstroPrint is the Android of 3D printing.  3D printing software is made by engineers, for engineers, and is far too complex for the general public.  AstroPrint reduces the complexity of printing an object from 130+ settings to only 3, and they do it in the cloud.  Now anyone can use any 3D printer straight from their computer, phone, or tablet.

FoundersDrew TaylorJoshua WhiteDaniel Arroyo
From: San Diego, CA
Fun Fact:  Drew was an acupuncturist and Chinese medical professor for years.


Socialight is Google Analytics for social media.  In the last five years, social media tools have become widely adopted by businesses — Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc are all mainstream tools, but currently companies have no way to analyze how well they are using them.  Socialight helps companies understand how their social media promotions are performing relative to their peers.

FoundersLindsay Silver
From: New York
Fun Fact: Linsay climbed Mt. Nyaragongo in the Congo while working for the UN. Jessica brews beer. 
Online store owners spend hours creating their social media ads for Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Funnely is a SaaS platform that creates social media ads for ecommerce companies automagically.  With just a few clicks, an online store can have ads up and running without hours of work.

Founders: Gabriel Maffia, Susana (Tuli) Cipriota, Lucila Campos, Juan Mansor
From: Argentina
Fun Fact: Gabriel can play (left handed) Guitar, Bass and Uke.



A platform for discovering and sharing snackable content. After building a user base of millions in Russia the team is now focused on establishing a US based audience.

Founders: Dmitry DumikArtem Ptashnick
From: United States
Fun Fact: Dmitrii can cover 50 meters swimming underwater.

Cloud Academy
An educational platform for learning about cloud infrastructure and gaining certification with the major players in the space (Amazon AWS, Google, Microsoft).

FoundersStefano BellasioGiacomo Marinangeli
From: Italy
Fun Fact: Stefano built another company when he was younger and it paid for everything he did until the age of 18.


The easiest way to order beautiful frames online in under 5 minutes. Choose your style, matting and measure to receive your beautiful frame ready to hang. Free shipping and fast turnaround guaranteed.

FoundersHans GillNeil Ayton
From: San Francisco
Fun Fact: Hans is an Indian with a German name. Neil has 10,000 bags of Irish tea at home for fear of running out. 
Test your mobile applications across a wide array of devices in the cloud. Easily check for compatability and UI issues without having to purchase and maintain your own mobile hardware.

Founders: Nina Wieczorek, Marcin GasperowiczJake Buszynski
From: Poland
Fun Fact: Nina scored a free upgrade on over 20 flights.


SlideBean Inc.
Quickly create beautiful slide presentations using templates and other design technology that automatically transform your slides into something great.

Founders: CayaJose Enrique BolañosVinicio Chanto
From: Costa Rica
Fun Fact: Vincio trained in equitation, swimming, gymnastics, karate, taekwondo, tennis, golf, dancing and acting.


The largest marketplace for selling and buying used video games. This company is growing incredibly fast and super serving their audience who is looking for alternatives to retail players in the space who offer poor unit economics for consumers.

FoundersJon KruzeniskiBrandon Kruzeniski
From: Vancouver
Fun Fact: Jon works hard and stays positive.


Providing a better remittance solution to the SE Asia region using Bitcoin. Easily send money to the area without ever having to touch (or even know you’re using) Bitcoin.

FoundersAnson ZeallAlexander AngererArseniy Kucherenko
From: Singapore
Fun Fact: Anson loves traveling. Loves getting lost. Loves ad hoc. 🙂

A SaaS solution to help cemeteries better manage their land, billing and personnel. Using drones they also provide digital maps for improved accuracy and other consumer applications.

Founders:  Sean McAllisterLeona McAllister
From: Belfast
Fun Fact: Sean has a beard and feels there is a camaraderie between the bearded community.

Helping tech companies hire top interns, and entry-level students by focusing on culture fit and knowledge, not resumes.

FoundersSebastian AlmnesPaal Stian Aagenæs, Eivind Grønn
From: Oslo, Norway

An anonymous web chat application like Whatsapp but with a web component in addition to mobile applications.

FoundersOzan YerliYurdakul Göksu Orhun
From: Turkey
Fun Fact: Ozan is a very good dream interpretor.

Powering remittance and digital money services for Africa. Focused on healthcare remittance, bill pay and other vouchers. Delivers vouchers and mobile money through SMS message.

FoundersSamuel Masinde BusoloRodgers Muhadi
From: Kenya
Fun Fact: Samuel appreciates the small things in life that make him smile.

Using mobile apps and gaming mechanics to drive bitcoin adoption with consumers and merchants.

FoundersEmi VelazquezMauro VelazquezClaudio Adrian MarreroJuan CiulliniFabio Panettieri
From: Argentina
Fun Fact: Mauro is an ex pro-poker player. Current lord of pingpong at Mountain View.

Interactive Health Platform focused on connecting patients and doctors in the Arab World.

FoundersPaul SaberJad JoubranSara Helou
From: Lebanon
Fun Fact: They have pitched to King Felipe VI of Spain.

Blinq is an Android App that brings you the latest social updates of the people you communicate with, while you communicate with them! Every time you open a new conversation touch the Blinq dot to get fresh updates from Facebook, Instagram & Twitter streamed in a layer over your conversation.

FoundersYossi GhinsbergGal Bracha
From: Tel Aviv
Fun Fact: Yossi can cook and plans to whip up meals for Batch 11.

We believe situation based advice is the next wave in mobile and web.  As the first vertical of a real-time advice empire, HeTexted answers the questions women care about the most. Users tell their dating and relationship stories and get crowd sourced answers or request one on one advice. 1.9 million user sessions, and over 100,000 questions asked in the company’s first vertical.

FoundersLisa WinningCarrie Henderson McDermott
From: New York, NY
Fun Fact: Lisa’s first pet was an adopted eel called Frank.


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