In exchange, backers get guaranteed access.
500 Startups is one of Silicon Valley's top seed funds and one of the best-known accelerator programs in the world. We have invested in over 500 companies in 40+ countries, and we regularly receive applications from 1,000+ companies competing for 25-30 spots in our accelerator program. Our investing team and mentor community have worked at top internet platform companies such as Google, Facebook, PayPal, Amazon, YouTube, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn, Apple, and many others. In short: we're kind of a big deal ;)
We expect to syndicate ~1 deal per month (or about ~5% of our total # annual investments). Our typical investment will be ~$100K, but could be between $50-$250K. In addition to our capital, we expect to have between $100K-1M additional capacity (per deal). Note: in case we have limited availability for any of our syndicate investments, we will offer first preference to investors with whom we have a long pre-existing relationship, in addition to our community of mentors and founders. After that, we will preference larger commitment backers first. (so altho our minimum is only $5-10K, we would prefer backers at $25-50K+)