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May 2 – 6, 2016

VC Unlocked:
Accelerator Edition

A 1-week Bootcamp on How to Run your Accelerator

Have you ever wondered how 500 Startups became one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley in only five years?
Now is your chance to find out!

What to expect

Learn how to run a successful program from one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley

500 Startups is sharing its playbook with select accelerator managers on May 2 – 6th. In this one week deep dive, 500 partners and other top accelerator founding partners will reveal the tricks of the trade, and answer key questions for your accelerator such as:
What Makes you Special?
What is your differentiator? How are you marketing and positioning your new accelerator? How do you get startups to apply?
How will you make money?
What are viable revenue models when running an accelerator? How much equity will you take? How/when do you start making money? What are the legal issues you need to understand?
How do you choose startups?
What companies will you invest in and at what stage? How do you do due diligence?
What’s your program?
What’s your curriculum? Who makes the best staff? How can you make DemoDay an important event in your ecosystem?
How do you create community and become a valuable link in the chain?
How do you get high profile mentors on board who are willing to put in the time with your startups?


Our Approach

01-01Hear and learn directly from founders and managers of top accelerators in Silicon Valley

02-01Get feedback on your plans for your accelerator from 500 Startups investment partners and fellow classmates

03-01Put the concepts into practice by reviewing real startup applications

04-01Visit the headquarters of another top accelerator in Silicon Valley

Screen pitches at our invite-only investor events, including a “Sneak Preview Day” and a public “Demo Day” with hundreds of other Silicon Valley angel investors and venture capitalists

Rockstar Instructors

The course is led by 500 Startups managing partners together with other managers and mentors in the 500 Startups Network who have experience running accelerator programs.
Dave McClure

Dave McClure

Bedy Yang

Bedy Yang

Christine Tsai

Christine Tsai

Sean Percival

Sean Percival

Elizabeth Yin

Elizabeth Yin

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao


From Past VC Unlocked Participants

To say that The VC Unlocked program was great would be an understatement. From the sessions, to the caliber of speakers, to access to LPs, startups, etc, the quality of the Unlocked program is one that is definitely unmatched. In two weeks, I learned what people spend a lifetime trying to figure out….It aided in providing strategy, focus and structure for Startup52’s vision and mission, both for its Accelerator and Venture Fund.

Chike Ukaegbu


​From 500’s Accelerator Program Grads​

Pipefy was born be global so we wanted to work with people who had the best track record i n creating successful global startups. We received good offers from almost all the accelerators we applied for, but they couldn’t offer the operational expertise and distribution know-how that 500 Startups offered. 

Most accelerators are focused on business models, pitches and fundraising . But at 500 we learned how to build a healthy & solid business and to approach fundraising as a positive consequence of it. 

The program taught us how to execute with efficiency, improve our product, scale on user acquisition, build a strong team and several other skills that are the basis of Pipefy’s growth. Definitely, it was one of the best things that happened to us, it was a game changer.

Alessio Alionço


Program details

Program Fee

$9.6 K USD  Covers tuition, all course materials, most meals, admission to Preview Day and DemoDay, and transport to site visits.
Travel and accommodations are not included.

Course Requirements

Participants should be prepared to spend the full business day, Monday through Friday, immersed in the course and participate in all elements of the program.

Who should Apply

Anyone involved in the planning or management of new and future accelerators from all geographies, verticals and specializations.

How to apply

Fill out the application by April 15th, 2016. We will notify accepted candidates on a rolling basis. Apply Here


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from May 2 – 6


About 500 Startups

500 Startups is a seed-stage investment firm dedicated to creating investor and entrepreneur ecosystems in the highest potential geographies around the world. With over 1,600 investments in more than 50 countries, 500 Startups is currently the most active seed investor in Silicon Valley, and the world.

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