500 startups

Uplifting people and economies through entrepreneurship

Most active early stage investor in the world.

– Pitchbook


We uplift people and economies around the world through entrepreneurship.

We have backed more than 2,400 companies or 5,000+ entrepreneurs in 75+ countries. Most significantly, those companies have helped create thousands of jobs and delighted millions of customers all over the world. Because of our global network and expertise, we are in a unique position to build startups ecosystems worldwide.


  • We are global across 5 continents. 
  • We have backed more than 2,400+ companies or 5,000+ entrepreneurs in 75+ countries, spanning almost every continent.


  • Leaders in Investing and Building Global Ecosystems
  • The 500 Startups team is 100+ staff across 20 different countries. We’re more than half people of color and half women.
  • We speak multiple languages, come from all over the world, and have the expertise to help you build a great company. Check out our executive team and senior leadership on our investment and ecosystem building teams.


The Flagship San Francisco Accelerator

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, bring your startup to the next level at our flagship seed accelerator in San Francisco. MORE

500 LatAm Accelerator

For Spanish-speaking founders, consider this your top opportunity to grow your company with our 16-week seed program in Mexico City. MORE

500 Seoul Series A Program

Join one of our only Series A programs in the heart of South Korea for 8-weeks of growth and strategy. MORE

500 MENA Accelerator

The 14-week program is based on 500 Startups’ leading flagship accelerator program based in San Francisco and tailored for startups from the MENA region. MORE

500 Saola Accelerator

The Saola accelerator is a 10-week program based in Vietnam to help you build a growth playbook for your startup.

The team has worked with 40+ founders, CTOs, growth marketers, and sales managers to help them acquire more customers, improve conversion, expand revenue, and get more funding. MORE



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