Batch 7 has 30 companies who hail from pretty much everywhere – there are startups from areas like Sweden, UK, Italy, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, India, and Brazil, just to name a few. We also have companies from all over the US, including Hermosa Beach, NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Gainesville, Nashville and other cities.
500Startups have their very first biotech startup this batch! uBiome is the first direct-to-consumer microbiome sequencing company. They’re Similar to 23andME, but instead of DNA sequencing, they tell you about the bacteria that live inside your body.
Unsexy is SEXY
A few startups this batch are focused on something extremely unsexy – inventory management. Partender reduces the time it takes managers to do bar inventory from 6 hours to 15 minutes or less, and Goods is a platform that enables any wholesaler to accept B2B transactions, manage inventory, and create digital catalogs.
Women? International Founders?
5 startups this time around have women on the founding team, and 12 companies are from outside the US. 500 Gets Some Hipster Cred! Now Accepting Applications for Our First San Francisco Batch
They’re already taking applications for their next accelerator class! Exact timeline is to be determined, but this batch will kick off sometime in January 2014. This will be their first batch of startups out of the new office in San Francisco. Startups can apply through AngelList. Warby Parkers and fixies are optional, but recommended.
List of Batch 7 Startups
A search engine that helps people find, connect with and hire technical talent.
Founders: Tom Savage, Razvan Dinu
From: London, UK and Bucharest, Romania
Fun Fact: Tom is living in a campervan while at 500. Raz has always been more sensible. Oh, and we won a European iTalent Award and acquired 400k users for previous product, but decided to pivot.
Super easy SaaS to manage and optimize Facebook Ads for SMBs and media agencies. On average, our customers achieve savings of up to 40%.
Founders: Massimo Chieruzzi, Carlo Forghieri
From: Milan, Italy
Fun Fact: 2 Years ago we came in Silicon Valley to get feedback for our MVP of AdEspresso. Our first event, “The Startup Conference,” was located in the plaza in front of 500 Startups, and Dave was the keynote speaker. 2 years later here we are…that’s fate
We empower universities to recruit socially.
Founders: Manish Katyan, Duleep Deosthale
From: New York and Bangalore
Fun Fact: Founder is a Spanish professor who became an entrepreneur to fix education after visiting 500+ universities in 100+ countries.
A contest platform for brands to run creative contests.
Founders: Hana Chang, Roxman Yang
From: Taipei, Taiwan
Fun Fact: We bootstrapped and managed to get Google, Blizzard, Adobe and Microsoft as our customers.
A distribution as a service (DAAS) platform that takes any content from an advertiser, creates a value reward for sharing, and then has the brands’ most ardent followers make it go viral. We deliver results that are 6-7X more effective than any other online campaign.
Founders: Ken Zi Wang, Alex Gold, Alexi Nedeltchev
From: San Francisco, CA
Fun Fact: We have over $350,000 in revenue after just a few months.
The first and leading global peer to peer bitcoin lending platform, and the first to offer a global credit score to its users. It’s a disruptive credit model powered by the bitcoin economy.
Founders: Celso Cardoso, Paulo Lellis
From: São Paulo, Brazil
We digitize the construction industry by providing free SaaS for small and medium contractors.
Founders: Patai Padungting
From: Bangkok, Thailand
Fun Fact: Launched in Thailand and Indonesia. More than 500M USD of construction information on hand.
Destination site for Beauty Professionals: provides career development and leverages small businesses while boosting online distribution.
Founders: Rui Miadaira, Antonio Miadaira Filho
From: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fun Fact: Brazil is the third largest beauty market in the world after the USA and Japan.
The #1 eCommerce platform to discover unique fashion brands.
Founders: Christopher Scott Price, Pouria Sanae, Emily DeSanctis
From: Australia, Sweden and USA
Fun Fact: Cityblis was born during NY Fashion week and now boasts 3000 Brands across 60 countries.
A stock market for private companies. Shareholders get cash for their stock and small investors access investments in large private firms like Warby Parker, ZocDoc, and DropBox.
Founders: Atish Davda, Shriram Bhashyam, Philip Haslett
From: New York, NY
Fun Fact: Every year, $500M is lost by employees who don’t exercise their stock options when they leave their company. Enter EquityZen.
A platform designed for the modern wholesaler. Goods provides an intuitive, easy-to-use, and secure service that enables any wholesaler to accept B2B transactions, manage inventory, and create digital catalogs.
Founders: Duy Huynh
From: New York, NY
Fun Fact: The team ran a wholesale distribution business that sells to major retailers like Costco, Target, Home Depot, Amazon, SkyMall, Fab, etc. Through all of these transactions, we used paper, pens, and fax machines. We created Goods to fix this problem.
Live, on-demand travel concierge on your smartphone.
Founders: Andrew Schorr, Ellis Rahhal and Alex Miller
From: Beijing, China
Fun Fact: All three Caucasian American founders are fluent in Mandarin.
Intelligent ticketing that turns each ticket into an opportunity to build a relationship with simple communication tools, analytics, and reporting.
Founders: Jonathan Cordeau, Dave Clausen
From: Tampa, FL
Fun Fact: Jonathan has previously produced concerts for artists such as Maroon 5, Queens of the Stoneage, Jessica Simpson, Wyclef Jean, Live, and Wu Tang.