Selecting Startups
November 1-5

Learn how to pick winners in a hands-on investment committee simulation guided by 500 Startups partners


Our online certificate program includes a blend of live and recorded content with a focus on applied learning. Get practical insights that you can put into action in your investing immediately.

Watch an instructional video on the step-by-step process 500 Startups uses to assess startups and download your startup interview rubric

Tap into an exclusive global network of VCs via the 500vc investor slack community

Get direct access to top-performing growth stage startups in our next invite-only Demo Day

Interview real startups in an investment committee simulation led by a 500 Startups partner

Earn a skills-based online certificate from 500 Startups VC Unlocked

Program Agenda

Monday – Learn in your own time

  • Get access to an instructional video on Selecting Startups
  • Download your startup interview rubric

Tuesday – Expand your network

  • Get access to our 500vc slack community
  • Network with your peers in the program through an online icebreaker

Thursday – Attend Demo Day

  • Join the Demo day watch party
  • Vote for the startups that best align with your thesis

Friday – Interview real startups

  • Join a Private Zoom conference led by 500 Startups Partners where you’ll get the chance to interview the top two to three startups.

Hear from past participants of our VC Unlocked programs
Ximena Arguelles
Balance Capital
“It was an amazing opportunity to connect with other players in the space. Having access to the knowledge that 500 has collected over the years is amazing and as a first-time fund manager definitely helped me cut down my learning curve time."
Christian Quiñonez
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Innogen Capital Ventures
“The program allowed us to validate what we are already doing and incorporate new ideas in our activities. The tips and key takeaways come from experience and can't be found in a textbook.”
Michelle Abbs
Director, WIN Lab Accelerator
Babson College
“I have made some small investments, I know all the key terms of investing, but what it ACTUALLY takes was all hidden in a black box until I took this training. The experience truly demystified the process and approach.”