500 Startups Chooses New Global Batch for Demo Day, Targets Fintech, Digital Health, Vicetech and More

500 startupsPartner Susan Su announced 500 Startups Batch 16 on the fund’s blog, celebrating the largest accelerator cohort in 500 Startups history with 53 companies in total. Batch 16 presents five major industry themes, including FinTech, Digital Health, ViceTech, HR/workforce development and SportsTech.  To date, 500 Startups has invested in well over 500 companies, over 1500 companies in fact. With over 3,000 founders in over 50 countries, the fund has made its reach global.

500 StartupsFurther details about the latest batch: A majority of the Batch 16 companies are later-stage seed companies making between $10,000 and $100,000 per month in revenue. As has been the case with recent batches in the 500 Startups accelerator, they will focus on distribution and fundraising. Diversity of the accelerator company founders remains strong: 26% of Batch 16 have at least one female founder and 32% are from outside Silicon Valley or the U.S.  Below find the batch members and brief descriptions compiled and hyperlinked (to AngelList) by TechCrunch.

  • Ader – Influencer marketing for Twitch.tv
  • Albert – Simple financial planning on your phone
  • AmpleMeal – Healthy, convenient meals in a bottle
  • Angel Sensor – Wearable sensor and open source platform for mobile health developers
  • Arka – A pain-free way for companies to source custom product packaging and fulfillment online
  • ampleArrowPass – NFC event management solution for gate control and offline cashless payments
  • BGlamor – Online shopping app for women to get the best things from China
  • bigfinite – Regulated IoT and big data analytics for optimizing pharma & biotech manufacturing processes
  • BottlesTonight – Mobile marketplace for booking bottle service
  • BREWPUBLIK – Custom-tailored craft beer delivery
  • BuildCon – Mobile SaaS for scheduling, collaboration and communication on construction projects
  • floatCognuse – Comprehensive rehabilitation platform for chronic care
  • Easy Ten – Language learning mobile app
  • Faception – facial recognition technology
  • Finova Financial – A socially responsible online lender transforming the auto title lending industry
  • FoxType – App that helps you improve your writing with AI
  • HandStack – Marketing tool for engaging millions of people via text messaging
  • HelloFloat – A mobile-first credit card minus the credit check
  • iBillionaire – Mobile app that helps you invest with billionaires
  • iGrow – Platform that connects sponsors, farmers, land owners, and crop buyers.
  • Indemand – A plug and play platform powering on-demand businesses
  • Ingu Solutions – Reliable monitoring of critical infrastructures
  • M-vendr – A mobile POS for small retailers to resell prepaid products and accept cash payments
  • finovaMaestroConference – Conferencing software for engaging conversations
  • ManyChat – Live chat with your customers through popular messengers
  • Mars Reel – Sports network for mobile millennials
  • Mentimeter – Mobile polling software during presentations
  • Neutun – Wearable software for chronic conditions
  • nurseVersity – Edtech platform that helps nurses pass their professional licensure board exams
  • OpenSponsorship – A sports sponsorship marketplace connecting brands with athletes, events and teams
  • Phenom – Community of young athletes to share stories about their athletic products and achievements
  • Pilotly – A platform that enables creators to test their content against targeted audiences at scale
  • easy tenPodozi – Authentic and appropriate beauty commerce for women of color
  • Qualio – Life sciences quality management made simple
  • Qwil – On-demand pay for the on-demand worker
  • RapidAPI – Code-free backend platform for web and mobile developers
  • Resource – Candidate Sourcing as a Service
  • riideRiide – Electric bikes designed for urban transportation sold as a monthly subscription service
  • Rize – A powerful automated savings tool based on behavioral science
  • Romit – Wallet and payment platform for underserved customers and industries
  • Simplifund – Simplifying alternative investments
  • Tackl – University talent inventory powered by smart matching
  • tagMonkey – Real world asset tracking in the cloud
  • Ticktate – Concert tickets at box office prices
  • Transtutors – Building artifically intelligent teaching assistant for college students
  • UpCraft Club – Leading source of digital sewing and crafting patterns
  • Voyajoy – Vacation rental management
  • WorkAmerica – LinkedIn for the skilled trades
  • WorkGenius – Scheduling and support platform for hourly workers
  • Worthix – Scientifically designed customer survey that uncovers what’s behind customers’ decisions
  • YoDerm – On-demand acne consultations from online dermatologists
  • YouStake – Marketplace to invest in your favorite poker players

For the full scoop on Batch 16, click here.  Interested in being a part of 500 Startups’ Batch 17? You’re in luck, applications are available here.

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