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Scholarship Details

500 Startups is excited to again be offering two full scholarships ($24,000) for underrepresented early-stage investors, especially women and/or people of color. We are particularly interested in supporting investors who are supporting similarly situated founders.

Are you passionate about working with diverse founders? Have you organized meetups for the startup community in different ecosystems? Started a VC newsletter or podcast that promotes inclusion? If so, apply today and tell us about it!

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be nominated by a peer, colleague, or mentor who can speak to their experience. If selected for the next round, our admissions team will send you the application, which includes supplemental scholarship questions, to be completed by April 30, 2020. We encourage you to apply early to improve your chances. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition but does not include flights and housing.

Scholarship Timeline:

  • April 30, 2020: Scholarship submission deadline
  • May 15, 2020: Scholarship recipients notified



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More than 600 alumni and dozens of cohorts later, we’re so proud of the VC Unlocked investor network we’ve built. Through initiatives like our diversity scholarships, we’re committed to empowering a new generation of VCs.

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