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500 Startups Appoints SHUAA Capital as an Advisor to its 500 Falcons I Fund

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 5:00am

500 Startups, the most active early stage venture capital firm globally1, announced today the appointment of SHUAA Capital, represented by Jassim Alseddiqi, as Advisor to its Falcons I fund in MENA (500 Falcons, L.P.).

Key Points: 
  • 500 Startups, the most active early stage venture capital firm globally1, announced today the appointment of SHUAA Capital, represented by Jassim Alseddiqi, as Advisor to its Falcons I fund in MENA (500 Falcons, L.P.).
  • As CEO of SHUAA, Alseddiqi runs one of the leading financial services firms in the Middle East, SHUAA Capital psc (DFM: SHUAA), with USD 13 billion under management.
  • We are thrilled to have SHUAA and Jassim with us as we prepare for the next phase of 500 in MENA.
  • SHUAA CAPITAL, PSC HAS PROVIDED THE INFORMATION RELATING TO SHUAA CAPITAL AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES, WHICH HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED BY 500 STARTUPS.

Springboard Secures $31M in Series B Funding Led by Telstra Ventures

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 12:00pm

This round was led by new investor Telstra Ventures , with participation from Vulcan Capital and SJF Ventures, and returning investors Costanoa Ventures, Pearson Ventures, Reach Capital, International Finance Corporation (IFC), 500 Startups, Blue Fog Capital, and Learn Capital.

Key Points: 
  • This round was led by new investor Telstra Ventures , with participation from Vulcan Capital and SJF Ventures, and returning investors Costanoa Ventures, Pearson Ventures, Reach Capital, International Finance Corporation (IFC), 500 Startups, Blue Fog Capital, and Learn Capital.
  • "We invested in Springboard because the strong educational and job placement outcomes achieved by its students are a big differentiator.
  • Springboard has also trained corporate teams at the likes of Visa, Gusto, and The North Face.
  • The San Francisco-based company is backed by leading venture capital firms: Telstra Ventures, Vulcan Capital, SJF Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, Pearson Ventures, Reach Capital, International Finance Corporation (IFC), 500 Startups, Blue Fog Capital, and Learn Capital.

500 Startups Captures Number One Spot as the Most Active Global Early Stage Venture Capital Firm

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:00pm

500 Startups also moved up one spot to rank first in number of VC investor exits, with 41 globally, and 31 in the U.S. alone.

Key Points: 
  • 500 Startups also moved up one spot to rank first in number of VC investor exits, with 41 globally, and 31 in the U.S. alone.
  • More than half of 500 Startups investments come from outside the U.S.
  • Since its inception in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,400 companies across more than 75 countries around the world.
  • Beyond providing seed capital, 500 supports startups via their Seed Accelerator Programs which emphasize growth marketing, customer acquisition, lean startup practices, and fundraising for seed companies.

500 Startups Unveils 29 Disruptive Companies from its 26th Seed Accelerator Program

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global venture capital firm 500 Startups announced today the debut of 29 companies in the 26th batch of its seed accelerator program.

Key Points: 
  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global venture capital firm 500 Startups announced today the debut of 29 companies in the 26th batch of its seed accelerator program.
  • With this accelerator cycle, we again set out to find companies with truly game changing innovations, said Aaron Blumenthal, venture partner at 500 Startups.
  • Beyond providing seed capital, 500 supports startups via their Seed Accelerator Programs which emphasize growth marketing, customer acquisition, lean startup practices, and fundraising for seed companies.
  • (TOGETHER WITH ITS AFFILIATES, 500 STARTUPS) AND THE FUNDS ADVISED BY 500 STARTUPS MANAGEMENT COMPANY, L.L.C.

500 Startups’ Corporate Venture Capital Survey Unlocks Successful Corporate Investing

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global venture capital (VC) firm 500 Startups , today released the largest Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) report of its kind, which surveyed more than 100 corporate venture capitalists across a wide variety of industries and geographical locations.

Key Points: 
  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global venture capital (VC) firm 500 Startups , today released the largest Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) report of its kind, which surveyed more than 100 corporate venture capitalists across a wide variety of industries and geographical locations.
  • The report indicates why 500 Startups believes some corporate venture capital units succeed and others fail, and identifies different models for success that corporate investors can follow, classified as personas.
  • 1Pitchbook Analyst Note, The Golden Mean of Corporate Venture Capital September, 2019
    500 STARTUPS PROGRAMS, INVESTOR EDUCATION SERVICES, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP CONSULTING SERVICES AND EVENTS ARE OPERATED BY 500 STARTUPS INCUBATOR, L.L.C.
  • (TOGETHER WITH ITS AFFILIATES, 500 STARTUPS) AND THE FUNDS ADVISED BY 500 STARTUPS MANAGEMENT COMPANY, L.L.C.

500 Startups Expands Executive Team, Appoints Tony Wang as Managing Partner

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global venture capital firm, 500 Startups , today announced the appointment of Tony Wang as Managing Partner.

Key Points: 
  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global venture capital firm, 500 Startups , today announced the appointment of Tony Wang as Managing Partner.
  • The appointment comes as 500 Startups recognizes a sixteenth company in its portfolio valued at more than one billion dollars.
  • In addition to focusing on investments, Wang will help lead 500 Startups latest initiatives for global expansion, including work with the companys global funds strategy and investments.
  • Wang joins 500 Startups at a time where venture capital is looking towards increased global activity and investments.

UNDP joins forces with 500 Startups to launch ImpactAim Indonesia

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Sept. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United Nations Development Programme in Indonesia has teamed up with a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund and accelerator 500 Startups to launch ImpactAim Indonesia, to boost the development of social entrepreneurship and startups in Indonesia, a growing economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia.

Key Points: 
  • JAKARTA, Indonesia, Sept. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United Nations Development Programme in Indonesia has teamed up with a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund and accelerator 500 Startups to launch ImpactAim Indonesia, to boost the development of social entrepreneurship and startups in Indonesia, a growing economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia.
  • Its already happening, and were honored to be working with UNDP Indonesia to accelerate this!
  • UNDP, 500 Startups [...] joining forces will open doors for many small enterprises particularly in Indonesias most disadvantaged regions.
  • Partnership with 500 Startups manifests UNDP plans to offer globally this innovative solution for aligning private sector strategies with SDGs.

MENA Dojo's Third Edition Under Way in Kuwait

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am

This edition sees the participation of 14 of the most promising technology startups from across the MENA region, including two from Qatar.

Key Points: 
  • This edition sees the participation of 14 of the most promising technology startups from across the MENA region, including two from Qatar.
  • MENA Dojo is a regional spin-off of the internationally-coveted 500 Startups Series A Accelerator Program.
  • Over the course of the program, the startups will be provided with intensive, one-on-one training and mentorship in developing a mindset for accelerated growth.
  • ADGS sells a suite of products that use artificial intelligence (AI), behavioral biometrics, and emergent behavior.

MENA Dojo's Third Edition Under Way in Kuwait

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am

This edition sees the participation of 14 of the most promising technology startups from across the MENA region, including two from Qatar.

Key Points: 
  • This edition sees the participation of 14 of the most promising technology startups from across the MENA region, including two from Qatar.
  • MENA Dojo is a regional spin-off of the internationally-coveted 500 Startups Series A Accelerator Program.
  • Over the course of the program, the startups will be provided with intensive, one-on-one training and mentorship in developing a mindset for accelerated growth.
  • ADGS sells a suite of products that use artificial intelligence (AI), behavioral biometrics, and emergent behavior.

Back Office Raises $1.8 Million To Automate Accounting & Finance For Small Businesses

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:00pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Back Office, the automated bookkeeping platform for small businesses, announced a new $1.8 Million round in seed funding.

Key Points: 
  • WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Back Office, the automated bookkeeping platform for small businesses, announced a new $1.8 Million round in seed funding.
  • Back Office recently graduated from the 500 Startups accelerator in San Francisco as part of Batch 24.
  • Our sales driven, innovative, and growth focused proven team with 3 exits is poised to become the leader in the accounting & finance space for businesses," stated Felix, Founder & CEO of Back Office.
  • The benefits of using Back Office's automated bookkeeping platform include:
    Back Office was launched in Jan 2018 and helps businesses automate their accounting & finance.