Diversity
Scholarships

Scholarship Details

500 Startups, in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, is excited to again be offering two full scholarships ($9,999) 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, the 500 admissions team will send you the application, which includes supplemental scholarship questions.

We encourage you to apply early to improve your chances. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition.

Please note: the scholarship application deadline is extended to June 30, 2021.

The Diversity Scholarship decisions will be announced on July 14, 2021.

Leveling the playing field

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.

31%
Women Investors
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Global VCs
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Scholarships Granted