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We are
500Startups —
A Global VC Firm
About us

Our mission at 500 is to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. 

Ecosystem Building

Talent is everywhere, but opportunity isn’t. We believe in a comprehensive approach to ecosystem building which leverages 500’s global capabilities, expertise, and network to double down on our mission.

Transforming local economies through thriving startup ecosystems

Our Programs
Corporate Innovation

By evaluating more than 10,000 startups a year, we see the emerging trends and help filter the noise for you. Our expertise is knowing what type of companies can scale quickly, obtained by our experience working with more than 5,000 founders in the last decade

Governments & Non-Profits

We are experts at understanding what makes your region unique and subsequently applying the Silicon Valley high-growth knowledge, mindset, and culture to help develop the right components for you.

VC Unlocked

In our investor education programs, investors learn the 500 playbook, screen live startup pitches, debate deals with their peers, and negotiate in hands-on workshops with 500 portfolio companies.

All of our highly competitive VC training programs emphasize real-world experiences and action-based exercises, in order to help current and future investors fine-tune and apply their investment strategies.

Growth Programs and Accelerators

Over the last decade, we have run 50+ growth and accelerator programs supporting 1,500+ startups in 15+ countries. These are all custom designed to leverage our proprietary content to support the needs of participating startups and the local market context.

Our Team
Christine Tsai
CEO & Founding Partner, 500 Startups
Bedy Yang
Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Vijay Rajendran
Head of Corporate Innovation and Partnerships
Thomas Jeng
Director, Innovation & Partnerships
Ana Paula González
Head of Ecosystem Development Programs
Rodrigo Mahs
Head of North America, Innovation and Partnerships
Pedro Vieira
Europe & Africa Lead
Paulina Szyrmer
Director of Education
Asmae Lemniei
Director of Innovation and Partnerships, MENA
Alba Zurriaga Carda
Manager, Innovations and Partnerships
Fadwa Kingsbury
Senior Manager, Program Delivery, Innovations and Partnerships
Jenny Wu
Innovation & Partnerships Manager
Aaron Bailey
Manager, Innovations and Partnerships
Ee Ling Lim
Singapore Lead, Innovation and Partnerships
Richard McDonald Jr.
Ecosystems - Sales and Operations Specialist
Roland Osborne
Corporate Innovation - EIR
Caitlin Glazebrook
Global Programs Manager, Innovations and Partnerships
Jennifer Lee
Innovation and Partnerships
Keri Chen
Senior Associate Business Operations
Melinda Wong
Program Manager
Sean Chung
Corporate Venturing & Innovation
Cecille Almeida
Senior Associate, Innovations and Partnerships
Derek Pham
Innovation and Partnerships Manager
Kenneth Low
Startup Development Lead
Natalia Fedulova
Program Coordinator
Sida (Stella) Zheng
Head of China Operations
Itali Pedroni Collini
Brazil Operations
Anabella Rojas
Miami Operations
Miguel Cruz
Miami Manager
Janelle Apaydin
Marketing, Innovation & Partnerships
Yoann Burnel
Corporate Innovation Manager
Katrina Vassell
Senior Associate, Corporate Innovation
Felicia Phan
Program Lead
Vanessa Samaniego
Investor Education Operations
Ayumi Ode
Country Lead, Japan
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