(Updated 12 Feb 2019) This call for applications is for Batch 24 of the 500 Startups Accelerator’s 4-month seed programme in San Francisco, California.
5 Sep 2018
$150,000 investment in return for 6% of your company (They will also charge a $37,500 fee for participation in the seed program. You will thus receive a net investment of $112,500)
Mentorship: Access to the 500 Partners, seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced investors, or individuals with considerable expertise in their field to give feedback and offer you guidance. There will also be numerous talks and fireside chats by speakers including top domain experts on important topics such as distribution, design, data, fundraising, and more.
Access to the 500 Family - the 500 Startups network which consists of over 1000 company founders and over 200 mentors who come from diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise, and locations.
Help with Distribution and growth tactics such as trigger emails, event-based analytics, SEO and paid ads.
Brand and PR: 500 Startups is ranked as one of the top 5 accelerator programmes worldwide and organises events and conferences throughout the year that are consistently sold out, which can provide exposure and visibility for your company.
Co-working Spaces: 10,000 sq ft offices in the heart of downtown Mountain View, California, and the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district. During the 500 Accelerator, you’ll work in either the Mountain View or San Francisco office, along with your batchmates.
OTHER KEY DATES
June 1st through July 7th 2018: Early application period. Companies applying during this timeframe are more likely to receive an interview and will be made aware of their application status earlier than those that apply during the regular application period.
July 8th through September 5th: Regular Application Period. They will only be able to grant interviews to a few exceptional companies during this period.
October 15 2018: Batch 24 begins at the San Francisco campus.
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).