500 Startups is an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai in 2010. The fund admitted a first "class" of twelve startups to its incubator office in Mountain View, California in February, 2011. They expanded to a second class of 21 in June 2011 and a third class of 34 in October 2011.

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  • Venture Capital na teoria e prática [Portuguese]
    [Editor’s Note] This is a guest post from Gabriela de Salles van der Linden, a participant in our recent Venture Capital Unlocked program at Stanford CPD. Gabriela has 10 years of work experience in the Brazilian venture capital industry, most recently as an executive partner of CRP Companhia de Participaçōes. O que aprendi no curso da 500 Startups em conjunto com Stanford University Quando tive c...
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  • 500 Batch 21 Demo Day Recap
    On August 1, 2017, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, 500 Startups’ latest batch, Batch 21, celebrated their graduation from our 4-month accelerator program with Demo Day. The 28 Batch companies hailing from 9 different countries successfully pitched their companies to a room full of 500 active and accredited investors + 2,000 more tuning in via livestream. Below is a recap of the ev...
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  • Building Frameworks for Opportunity Assessment
    How do you evaluate a potential startup investment? This is inevitably one of the first questions I’m asked when talking to aspiring VCs at industry events and programs like VC Unlocked: Deal Camp, and rightfully so. Ask around and you’ll hear about the hours clocked and the expensive mistakes a VC has to make in order to develop the muscle memory and pattern recognition to succeed in this industr...
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  • Edith Yeung’s 2017 China internet report
    China Internet Report 2017 by Edith Yeung from Edith Yeung Our very own 500 China partner Edith Yeung just released her China internet report. This 67-page report includes everything you need to know about China internet landscape including China vs. US internet by the numbers, China internet market size, top China startup cities, venture capital, smartphone landscape, major Chinese internet trend...
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  • You have been accepted into 500 Startups. Now what?
    Guest Author – Eugene Vyborov, CTO, YayPay (A 500 Startups Batch 20 Company) Among the 180+ independent accelerators around the world, American programs hold sway and considerable appeal. Getting into a US-based accelerator is a dream for many startups, especially ones that are based outside the United States. It’s easy to see the attraction: accelerators offer access to the American ecosystem of ...
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  • Looking back at VC Unlocked 2017
    After two weeks of intense coursework, six guest lectures, 32 investment thesis presentations, and a mind-boggling amount of coffee, another successful VC Unlocked Program with the Stanford Center for Professional Development is officially a wrap. With over 200 applicants, this was our most competitive application process yet. We’ve covered the amazing diversity and background of the class in a pr...
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  • Announcing: The First Batch in 500 Startups Data Track
    Two weeks ago, the first batch of 500 Startups’ new Data Track kicked off in San Francisco, alongside the twenty-second incarnation of our flagship Seed Program. We selected some of the most innovative startups in big data, machine learning and AI to participate in the intensive 3-month program. Today, we’re excited to share the inaugural cohort, which consists of 7 companies from 7 different coun...
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  • Announcing 500 Startups Batch 22!
    Two weeks ago, the latest incarnation of the 500 Startups Seed Program, Batch 22 (B22), kicked off in sunny San Francisco.  The new cohort consists of 36 innovative startups from 14 countries.  42% of the companies are based outside of the United States, with founders representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Ar...
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  • Announcing VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley
    Applications are now open for VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley! Deal Camp is our four-day program for investors who want to hone their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. This is the third time we’ve run Deal Camp with UC Berkeley, one of the top universities in the world, and we’re really excited about the upcoming program. Go Bears! Participants will work with le...

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