500 Startups

500 is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. We were the most active seed stage venture capital firm in the world in 2015, according to CB Insights in 2016.

To date, 500 has invested in over 1,800 companies via our 4 global funds and 13 funds dedicated to either specific geographic markets or verticals. Our 100+ team members work from over 20 countries internationally, serving hundreds of companies in over 60 countries.

Notable portfolio companies include: Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), SendGrid (NASDAQ: SEND), Credit Karma, Grab, Carousell, Udemy, Kudo (acquired by Grab), Talkdesk, Makerbot (acquired by SSYS), Wildfire (acquired by GOOG), and Viki (acquired by Rakuten).

Beyond providing seed capital, 500 further supports startups via its Seed Programs in San Francisco and Mexico City and the Series A Program in multiple locations globally. The Seed Program emphasizes digital marketing, customer acquisition, lean startup practices, and fundraising for pre-Seed companies. The 500 Series A Program delivers growth marketing and investment for post-seed and pre-Series A companies. 500 is also contributing to the development of thriving innovation ecosystems around the world to enable startups to succeed by running educational programs, events and conferences, and partnerships with corporations and governments around the world.

Find out more about 500 Startups on our main website.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

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Bring Silicon Valley To Japan

Along with our investment, we bring Silicon Valley best practices to the local ecosystem—simple concepts like Silicon Valley standard financing documents, to more complicated areas like solving founder dilemmas, fundraising, and getting to an exit.

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A Truly Global Network

We’ve invested in over 50 countries, and have investment partners all over the world. Our distributed yet closely connected team is “plugged into” the markets we serve, giving us unparalleled access to information and a far-reaching network literally a chat message away.

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Community & Mentorship

Your entrepreneurial journey may be unique, but you are not alone. We have over 200 mentors and 2,000 founders for you to learn from and exchange information. Whether it’s growth, design, bitcoin, or healthcare, we have someone that can help you. Tell us what you need and we’ll get you connected.

TEAM

James Riney

James Riney

Managing Partner & Head of 500 Startups Japan
Yohei Sawayama

Yohei Sawayama

Managing Partner

FEATURED STARTUPS

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HiCustomer
TRUSTDOCK
KURASERU
enjin
KAMINASHI
noin
hokan
GITAI
DentaLight
Capy
Connected Robotics
justInCase
Holmes
souco
RegulusTechnologies
AWAKENS
KAKEHASHI
Zehitomo
DIGGLE
Shippio
Authlete
Chikaku
LENDY
HOMMA
ANGLERS
Infostellar
SmartHR
Sora
DVERSE
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