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 Unlocked: Secrets to Silicon Valley Investing in Asia, our inaugural course taught in collaboration with INSEAD, wrapped up on November 10th. This course convened 23 participants from 10 countries for five days to learn how Silicon Valley’s best practices can be applied to Asian markets. Here’s a quick introduction the  class: 10 Countries: Cambodia, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japa...

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  • PreMoney, our one-day conference on the future of venture capital, takes place in San Francisco on December 5th. It’s hard to believe, but this will be our fifth (yes, fifth) year hosting the event! The PreMoney stage has been host to a lot of big names and unicorn costumes over the years. Since we started in 2013, more than 2,000 fund managers, investors, angels, and LPs have traveled to cities l...

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  • Guest Post: Kela Ivonye is the CEO and co-founder of MailHaven, a smart mailbox that tracks and protects your packages.  Demo Day is an invite-only event hosted by 500 Startups for investors to get a first look at the startups from the accelerator program, meet the founders, and network with other attendees. For founders, it’s the culmination of four months of hard work. As a batch company at 500 ...

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  • Announcing a Bigger, Better Seed Program It’s like the old saying goes: if you’re not improving, you’re falling behind! … and 500 Startups is no exception. We’re thrilled to announce our plan to double down on the Seed Program at our San Francisco campus while expanding the services available to batch companies post-program at our Mountain View campus. We’re On The Right Track Our track-based appr...

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  • We’re back in Berkeley! Today marks the start of our 3rd successive Venture Capital Unlocked: Deal Camp, our one-week crash course on the ins and out of early stage investing. We’re hosting another impressive, diverse group of 25 angels and aspiring VCs from around the world at UC Berkeley this week. Here’s a quick introduction to the latest group of Deal Campers: 60% are based internationally, re...

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