Invest with 500 Women
$255K
Syndicate Backing
$180K ($100K)
Typical Investments
10
Expected Deals/Year
Note from 500 Women

In the last 4 years, 500 has backed over 200 women-led companies like Wildfire, Viki, Barkbox, Moonfruit, TheRealReal, Tradesy, and ipsy. With the 500 Women syndicate, we're doubling down even further. Over the next year, we’re aiming to invest $1M across 10 women-backed companies out of the 500 portfolio, plus an additional $1-5M total in these companies via the 500 Women syndicate backers. This means for each company, they’ll get $50-100K from us (our standard investment amount) and up to an additional $500K from our syndicate backers.

Backers can be both women and men. But we especially want to challenge more women to make investments, so we hope to see a good number of female investors come on as backers.

Dealflow

We will select 10 companies a year from the 500 Startups portfolio to syndicate. Companies must have at least one female founder who owns >= 10% of the company.

Team
Christine Tsai
founder
Founding Partner at @500 Startups . Previously @Google & @YouTube . Left-handed. Ballet dancer of ~25 yrs. Go Bears.
Christen O'Brien
founder
VP Marketing @NFX Guild. Co-Founding Partner @500 Startups. Founder - ReWIRED. Dedicated to building epic companies with the ubiquitous power of storytelling.
Bedy Yang
founder
Managing Partner 500Startups (focused Latam + international); Founder @Brazil Innovators
Rui Ma
founder
China Partner @500 Startups, IBD @Merrill Lynch, @Morgan Stanley, BSEE @university-of-california-berkeley, EMBA @Tsinghua, @INSEAD
Investments
Syndicated
Exit
Acquired by Google for $350M in 2012
Exit
Acquired by Rakuten in 2015
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Backers
Ben Smith
Angel
Investor, Advisor to and Founder of Technology Businesses
Scott and Cyan Banister
Angel
Seed investors; Founder @IronPort @Topsy; Board Member @PayPal @Postmates
Prerna Gupta and Parag Chordia
Angel
We start companies & invest together. CEO & CTO @HOOKED. Write for NYT, TC, Vogue. Formerly CPO & Chief Scientist @Smule. Stanford grads.
Kevin Henrikson
Entrepreneur
VP Eng / Co-Founder @Acompli was EIR @Redpoint Ventures and Eng leader @Zimbra @VMware @Yahoo. Interests: Mobile, Collaboration, Email, SaaS, & Ad Networks.
Thomson Nguyen
Entrepreneur
Head of Data Science, @Square Capital. Visiting Scholar at @New York University. Founded @Framed Data (acquired by @Square ).
Alan Braverman
Angel
Co-founder of Textline. Previously @Xoom @Geni @Yammer @Mollyguard @Eventbrite
Josh Mohrer
Advisor
Managing Director @Tusk Ventures Former GM @Uber New York
Anthony Saleh
Entrepreneur
I am a man from LA. That is it.
References
Bedy is the woman!
Bedy has deep knowledge of the Brazilian market.
Rafael Carvalho
For Bedy Yang's investment at Edools
Christine is a superstar. She's smart, she's connected, and she makes every startup she works with better. I recommend her and 500 highly!
Adam Rifkin
Advisor of a company Christine Tsai invested in
She is the absolute Mamabear of the 500S program -- she's open and accessible, but also has the claws to help you with fundraising connections and intros.
Tracy Lawrence
Founder of a company Christine Tsai invested in
I don't even know where to begin -- Christine frickin' rocks. She's responsive, helpful, in touch with what companies and teams are going through, and has a great sense of humor. Anyone that has a chance to work with Christine should consider themselves very lucky!
Working with Christine at the 500 Startups incubator was a real blessing for us. Christine gave us guidance and key introductions that changed the course of our business for the better.
Jay Singh
For Christine Tsai's investment at ViralGains
Best POC from 500startups. Great network, great support!
Raffaele Giovine
For Christine Tsai's investment at italist
What can I say that others here have not already said? Christine is somebody I look up to and is a good friend. She gave me good advice on a startup idea I had, I found that advice to be spot on.
She is smart and cool
Susana Cipriota
For Christine Tsai's investment at Funnely
Christine might be the most awesome person ever. Built an amazing organization, learn so much working with her.
Christine is an amazing human being prior to the great investor, mentor and supporter she has been for WePlann and me. Christine has found time in her busy schedule to offer us advice on hiring, growth, fundraising, culture and tenacity. I am humbled and very lucky to have Christine involved...more
Oliver Camargo
For Christine Tsai's investment at WePlann
Outstanding VP of Marketing
James Currier
For Christen O'Brien's work at NFX Guild
Rui is a very accessible, responsive, and supportive investor. We're luck to have her and the 500 team!
Rui Ma is super smart! I remember when I was so bad at pitching my product, she still got it right away and even shared a few genius insights on how to make it better. She has a global mindset and a big vision to her dreams. Meeting and talking with her is one of the best things that could ever...more
Rui is very entrepreneur friendly and has a pulse on what's happening in both the valley and in China. She is not afraid of sharing insights and her help has been invaluable to our team.
Rui is smart, responsive and eager to understand the drivers for success in my company and industry. She's impressed our team with her insightful questions and offers to help.
Rui is one of the most energetic VCs I've met. Her passion for supporting entrepreneurs is apparent through her work with us. Her charisma and style add a unique personal touch to the 500 Startup approach in China. Go Rui.
Rui has been very helpful to us and is both smart and hard-working for her startups, the market, and the ecosystem in general.
Rui is a really supportive and knowledgable investor, she's a great asset.
Rui is one of the few in Asia that really gets the market, all while bringing Valley savviness in helping entrepreneurs. We're lucky to have connected with her as she continues to provide valuable advice and mentorship to us and other startups all over the region.
Raymond Yip
For Rui Ma's investment at Shopline
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