Our mission at 500 is to build vibrant startup ecosystems around the world and empower underrepresented founders.
With more than 2,000 investments under our belt, we’re one of the most active seed stage VCs in the world and have seen more deals than just about anyone. In 2015, our team decided to share that knowledge and launched our investor training programs to help up-and-coming investors unlock the secrets of Silicon Valley investing.
The goal is to train the next generation of angel investors and aspiring VCs, just as we’ve done with our accelerators for startup founders across the world. In our investor education programs, investors learn the 500 playbook from our partners, screen live startup pitches, debate deals with their peers, and negotiate in hands-on workshops with 500 portfolio companies.
All of our highly competitive VC training programs emphasize real-world experiences and action-based exercises, in order to help current and future investors fine-tune and apply their investment strategies. We partner with top business faculty from some of the most respected academic institutions in the world to ground those exercises in academic frameworks to give investors the confidence they need to make better decisions.
Hundreds of alumni and dozens of cohorts later, we’re so proud of the VC Unlocked investor network we’ve built. More than 30% of past participants are women investors, and more than 60% are from outside the U.S.
Join the next generation of VCs unlocking capital around the globe.
- Bedy Yang. Managing Partner at 500 Startups