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About the course

Learn how to run a successful program from one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley

500 Startups is sharing its playbook with select accelerator managers in October 2018. In this one week deep dive, 500 partners and other top accelerator founding partners will reveal the tricks of the trade, and answer key questions for your accelerator such as:

What makes you special?

What is your differentiator? How are you marketing and positioning your new accelerator? How do you get startups to apply?

How will you make money?

What are viable revenue models when running an accelerator? How much equity will you take? How/when do you start making money? What are the legal issues you need to understand?

How do you choose startups?

What companies will you invest in and at what stage? How do you do due diligence?

What’s your program?

What’s your curriculum? Who makes the best staff? How can you make DemoDay an important event in your ecosystem?

How do you create community and become a valuable link in the chain?

How do you get high profile mentors on board who are willing to put in the time with your startups?

How do you become an important link in the capital lifecycle?

How can you position the startups in your portfolio to attract downstream capital from other investors in your ecosystem? How will you measure your success?

Our Approach

  • Hear and learn directly from founders and managers of top accelerators in Silicon Valley
  • Get feedback on your plans for your accelerator from 500 Startups investment partners and fellow classmates
  • Put the concepts into practice by reviewing real startup applications
  • Visit the headquarters of another top accelerator in Silicon Valley
  • Screen pitches at our invite-only investor events, including a “Sneak Preview Day” and a public “Demo Day” with hundreds of other Silicon Valley angel investors and venture capitalists
  • Interview successful 500 startups alumni and hear about their entrepreneurial journey

Who should attend

Anyone involved in the planning or management of new and future accelerators from all geographies, verticals and specializations.

Trust the experts

Christine Tsai

Christine Tsai is a Founding Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund and startup accelerator. Since its inception in 2010, she helped grow 500 to ~$200M under management, 1300+ portfolio investments (including companies like Credit Karma, Twilio, ipsy, Udemy, MakerBot, Wildfire, Vi...

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Bedy Yang

Bedy Yang is Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups is a global, early stage tech VC fund that manages +$350M AuM in +1,800 investments around the world. In addition to being the most active global seed investor, 500 Startups runs a series of ecosystem-dev...

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Marvin Liao

Marvin is a Partner at Micro Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups, running the SF-based accelerator program as well as investing in Seed stage startups. He Invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SaaS, Marketplace, Mobile, AdTech/MarketingTech, Digital Health, Internet of Things, and Fintech startups. ...

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Sean O’Sullivan

Sean O’Sullivan founded SOSV in 1995 as a vehicle to invest into private technology startups. In 2007, Sean began aggressively expanding SOSV, transitioning it from a personal investment vehicle into an organization which today has over 90 staff supporting investments in over 150 new startups eve...

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Peter Roberts

Academic Director of Social Enterprise at Goizueta and Professor of Organization and Management at Emory University's Goizueta Business School Emory University Peter is the Academic Director of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta and Professor of Organization and Management at Emory University’s Goizue...

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Mbwana Alliy

Mbwana Alliy is the founder and managing partner at Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund that runs both an accelerator and seed investments in e-commerce, gaming, education technology and social networking. In his work in building technology ecosystems and bridges bet...

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Didier Quiroz

Didier is a Venture Partner in 500 LatAm. Passionate about finance and economics, he founded his own startup (which failed) and worked at an Impact Investing venture capital fund and accelerator. Experience 500 Startups – Venture Partner BackStartup – Board Member DisculpeDoctor.com – Co-Found...

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Paul Yoo

Paul Yoo is the CFO at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund and startup accelerator. His primary objective has been to stabilize the back-office functions (Finance/Accounting/Legal/HR) in order to build a best-in-class organization that can keep up and scale with the rapid expansion of the...

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Chandini Ammineni

Chandini is a Distribution Partner at 500 startups, where she has worked with over 100 seed and growth stage startups, based out of North America, South East Asia, and India, helping them accelerate their growth. Before that, Chandini co-founded ActivityHero, a hyper-local marketplace connecting...

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Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups specializing in B2B seed investments. Previously he was an executive for startups, having founded or worked at eight companies with four exits and four companies still operating. He was CEO for last two venture funded start-ups. He also maintain...

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