500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. We are one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world. Since our inception in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,000 companies via our 4 global funds and 14 thematic funds dedicated to either specific geographic markets or verticals. Our 100+ team members are located in multiple locations worldwide, with 500 Startups’ global portfolio of investments spanning over 60 countries.
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Driven by their mission to create joy through innovating comfortable automobile experiences, A-cross provides all-round support to maintain your car in peak condition – whether it is through cleaning, maintenance work or even accident support. Currently based in Japan, they have expansion plans in the near future to fast-growing Asia countries where cars are an essential part of everyday life.
With their concept of connecting consumers to more food options, Agrigate provides a business platform that increases the productivity of specialty store or private label food retailers.
On top of offering consultancy and education to retailers, Agrigate also puts their research into practice through their original fruit and vegetable brand Shupachi.
AMOEBAX LTD. believes in solving the world's problems through tech. Its tech platforms enhance the lives of stakeholders in any industry, by fostering transparency through eliminating inefficiencies.Established in 2017 in Kenya, Africa, AmoebaX is now based in Nairobi with a fast expanding team of more than 30 Kenyan staff.
Ascent is an Urban Air Mobility platform that connects cities by offering ride-sharing and on-demand helicopter flights. We save our users time by seamlessly transporting them within and between major hubs of activity including airports, business hubs and leisure hotspots while maintaining a premium yet affordable experience.To do this, we’ve built an ecosystem made of best in class air operators, heliports and hospitality providers, enabled by a proprietary technology stack. Ascent is not just a technology platform, it encompasses a full door-to-door experience by including value-added services like luggage transport as well as first and last mile transport.Our team is made up of aviation and internet industry experts passionate about our mission to make Urban Air Mobility a reality - through helicopters today, and EVTOLs tomorrow.
Astroscale was founded in 2013 by Nobu Okada, an IT entrepreneur who proposed using a start-up mentality to address the business of orbital debris mitigation. Astroscale is one of the few companies in the world proposing to aid in the removal of orbital debris through the provision of End of Life (EOL) and Active Debris Removal (ADR) services. In addition to providing a technical solution, Astroscale is helping to define the business case for this service and are working with national space agencies, international institutions, non-profit organizations, insurance companies and satellite operators to develop norms, regulations and incentives that contribute to the responsible use of space.
BEENEXT was founded by entrepreneurs, and is founder friendly, and having operational experience is becoming the standard for venture capitalists. In addition to that, they believe we can help entrepreneurs get to the next level by providing a highly unique perspective that comes from investing in startups in 9 different countries. Teruhide (Teru) Sato established BEENEXT to support and invest in entrepreneurs with an ambitious vision to make a significant impact on society.
Built support the purchasing and selling process of both Japanese and foreign properties, Beyond Borders seeks to remove the language barrier within the property industry. Providing a one-stop service that includes introduction to the properties, rental contracts, property management and property sales, Beyond Borders deals primarily with Japanese customers looking to purchase properties in foreign countries, as well as foreign customers looking to purchase properties in Japan. In addition, Beyond Borders launched Sekai Property, a comprehensive real estate platform that provides the latest property opportunities as well as guidelines on investments and commercial practices.
It started with a love story and a love for flowers. This blossomed into a flourishing business that is BloomThis. Together, its founders sought a way to disrupt the florist industry by introducing the elements of e-commerce and a personalized delivery service.As Malaysia’s most stylish online florist, BloomThis is all about creating moments of happiness. A gorgeously arranged bunch on a table immediately brightens the entire place; the smell of a blossoming flower brightens any day; a handcrafted bouquet lifts spirits.BloomThis takes pride in going to great lengths to find the most luxurious flowers from around the world and bring them right to you. BloomThis offers on-demand designer flowers in bouquets, signature hat boxes, long boxes or subscription flowers.
Booktrack is transforming reading the way sound transformed silent film.Offering a new content creation and distribution platform, it turns reading into an immersive movie-like experience. Booktrack’s patented technology lets anyone add a synchronized movie-style soundtrack to an e-book or other digital text content, with the audio paced to each individual’s reading speed. Funded by investors including Peter Thiel (co-founder and former CEO of PayPal), Booktrack will change the way people read, write, and publish their stories.
Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Chandal.com takes grocery shopping online. Its core belief is that it should not be difficult to buy basic necessities, and with its door-step delivery within the hour, it helps both individuals and businesses avoid the traffic, bad weather and other inconveniences at no additional costs.
Cocopia is a platform that supports mentally challenged individuals in their employment search.
Mental illness has been growing in Japan, with the number of clinically diagnosed patients in medical institutions increasing significantly in recent years – a trend that is estimated to cause economic loss of about 8 trillion yen.
Cocopia seeks to tackle this issue, and to deliver a better way in managing mental issues.
Life is an adventure, and every day should be a new discovery of the city.Cogi Cogi is a on-demand bike-sharing platform based in Japan, with its services spanning across the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka and Kamakura. A 24 hour service, they seek to transform your every commute into an adventure.Beyond its bike-sharing services, Cogi Cogi also provides rental bicycles, electrical bicycles, as well as cycling tours where experienced guides will take you on a journey around major tour routes.
East Ventures is a seed-early stage venture capital firm based in Singapore, Indonesia & Tokyo. It is founded in 2010 by co-founder of Mixi.jp and other prominent investors/entrepreneurs in Asia.In addition to having invested in over 150 companies ranging internet startups on commerce, social, game, & mobile services, East Ventures also has 2 incubation offices in the center of Tokyo that will help foreign startups enter Japanese market.Its investment team is also one of the most experienced since the dawn of Japanese internet industry, with a strong network across Asia.
FlySpaces empowers businesses as a digital marketplace that provides short-term work and meeting space solutions to entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and mobile professionals. Whether the need is for an hour, a day, a week or a few months - we have a network of hundreds of spaces to discover across key South East Asian cities.For venue owners, FlySpaces acts as a digital marketing platform that connects you to a vast user base, allowing you to optimize and monetize your space.We recognize that workspace is more than a mere location. It is a setting that inspires ideas, motivates action and promotes growth. With FlySpaces, find where your business will accomplish its next milestone.
Folr is designated to help organizations which can benefit from tracking and cross referencing staff's locations, both on large and small scales.A web and mobile-based Staff Coordination, Audit & Tracking tool, Folr removes the need for businesses to incur any investment in hardware and software development and integration.Besides having an overview of the real-time performance of the staff, the accumulative location history can be used to improve productivity, maintain service quality, validate travel expense claims, and monitor effectiveness of operational practices.
Foodison specialises in developing innovations within the food industry. Their initial focus is on Japan’s fishery industry, where they tackle the demand for logistics for marine products.Uo-pochi is one of their service platforms where restaurants and food businesses can order and deliver fishes via their smart devices on demand from the renowned Tsukiji Market as well as other major fishing districts in Japan. Currently, they have a clientele of more than 2,600 restaurants that are mainly based in Tokyo.
Bridging the gap between education and employment, Glints is a professional platform for young people focused on career discovery and development.Offering both permanent jobs as well as internships with the top companies in Singapore and Malaysia, Glints seeks to help young people discover their passions and develop the relevant career skills, while empowering employers to attract the right talent more effectively.
Gnowbe is a pioneering mobile micro-learning and engagement solution to help the modern workforce learn faster and better.Based on the latest science of adult learning, gamification and behavior design, Gnowbe's approach is bite-sized, collaborative and drives 'on-the-job application' for greater performance.
Established in 2013, Gogovan is the first app-based platform for delivering goods in Asia, which is dedicated in offering excellent delivery service through innovative technology. Since then, Gogovan has extended its service to various platforms. The company connects individuals and businesses directly to thousands of drivers for their real-time delivery needs, and redefines the everyday delivery experience by providing a convenient and efficient service. Over the years, Gogovan has expanded its business from Hong Kong to Singapore, South Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan and India and will continue to expand globally. In August 2017, Gogovan merged with 58 Suyun, the leader in Mainland China’s intra-city logistics market, and increased Gogovan’s presence to over 300 cities, with more than 8 million registered drivers under its network.
HeyBenny strongly believes that everyone should feel joy at the workplace. We are indeed for Happy Workplaces.Through vigorous research, we have created a fully professional, yet fun application that automises people management and allows employees to enjoy personalised benefits. With the HeyBennyApp, a robust catalogue of well-being benefits and round-the-clock support are always just a click away.We strive towards bringing clarity to people management, as we adopt a forward looking approach to creating happy workplaces. This is driven by the genuine care that we have for our stakeholders, inspiring joy and happiness in the work that they do. HeyBenny is made for all companies, big and small. We are fresh, fun and innovative go-getters that love to work hard and play harder. We put our users first, bringing them out of the conventional way of things into something better. We are your Benefits Buddy, your friend that ensures that you get what you want. We’ve got your back.
With over 200,000 listings, Hipflat is a collection of the best real estate listings across Thailand. Based on a smart automated system, the platform collects and processes offers from agents, owners, online classifieds as well as forum, offering a one-stop solution for property hunters in Thailand.The platform also features insights into each property, allowing users a peek into the surrounding amenities from the comfort of their chair. For those looking to invest, Hipflat’s well-researched price trend graphs will help provide a more balanced judgement.
Owned by Newlegacy Hospitality, Kokotel is an ambitious start-up in the hospitality industry. Kokotel started as a small 40-room hotel and café in Bangkok, Thailand. Today, it welcomes guests from around the world with wholehearted hospitality.Inspired by the Japanese word “Kokoro”, Kokotel symbolises the commitment to provide heart-warming services that combines the best of Thai hospitality and Japanese quality
Set to fill the information gap within the construction industry, Local Works provides a platform where reliable service content can be easily accessed.From information on services, pricing, quality levels, Local Works is a platform for operators, subcontractors and end users, particularly within small and medium-sized construction companies
MeetDrinks is a geo-social group meet-up application that brings people closer together over a mutual appreciation for bespoke drinks and elegant conversations.Inspired by the popular Japanese concept of gōkon (合コン), MeetDrinks’ group dating will see two users connect and bring up to 4 friends to the date – taking the tension and providing a safer alternative to single dating.
Sparking a new paradigm of investment, OpenTrade is a social impact crowdfunding platform that supports creative projects. Beyond traditional investment attraction, OpenTrade provides equity investment type crowd funding, which expands funding from angel investors, accelerators, VCs etc., to the crowd to kickstart your business.
OpenSlate is a global measurement and analytics company focused on digital video. Providing advertisers with brand-suitable targeting solutions, it provides an to simply monitoring for after-the-fact exposure to inappropriate content. OpenSlate’s technology, data expertise, and proprietary analytics were developed specifically to support the needs of the world’s largest digital video platforms — Facebook and YouTube — and are extensible to all video content. The platform is used by every major advertising holding company, as well as the world’s largest advertisers.
PARKLU is China’s Premier Influencer Marketing Platform. With more than 20,000 influencers across 11 social media platforms, PARKLU offers a combined reach of more than 550 million Chinese customers.Its influencers specialises in fashion, beauty, F&B, travel, parenting, health & fitness, home & design, and more. Apart from being a curation of China’s top content creators, PARKU also provides comprehensive, real-time campaign tracking for over 1,200 brands and agencies.
PlayLife is an experience sharing platforms that allows users to search, share, and post information about various leisure activities in Japan. Users provide play experience know-how, experience experiences and enjoyable experiences, contributing to a service with highly reliable information by real name system.By enabling users access to previous experiences and knowledge, it helps users coordinate how to spend their day easily, making it more enjoyable and convenient for play.
Prenetics is the leading genetic testing/digital health company in Southeast Asia, that seeks to empower individuals with valuable health information.With a simple saliva sample, individuals can discover how their genes affect their diet, drug response, disease and cancer risk. This information enables people to make health a choice, by living healthier and proactively preventing diseases.
PropertyAccess.co is a real estate technology in South East Asia that aims to provide its users real estate multi-listings, insights on future pricing using intelligent data analysis and Artificial Intelligence.It seeks to continually innovate our chosen platforms to achieve a transparent and systematic real estate eco-system, where unbiased property and investment data and analysis can be easily accessed.
Based in Thailand, Property Flow provides a complete end-to-end solution for real estate agents, brokers and developers allowing them to bring their business online.Their B2B Marketplace is a place for real-estate professionals to collaborate. Real-estate agents get access to additional inventory to sell, and real-estate developers will get access to a wide network of real-estate agents locally and internationally.
Qland is a slide-sharing application that minimises the inconveniences of file-sharing. With its platform available across smartphones, tablets and laptops, it takes slide-sharing on the go, with added functionalities such as bookmarking, recommendations, social network sharing, rating and messaging.Its product offering also extends into the education field, where Qlecture allows for real-time engagement and user statistics through broadcasting live slides in class https://qland.qll.co/
R Financial Investment
RFI seeks to be the world’s most trusted, leading financial investment company with long-term stable and superior performance. It strives to take advantage of the difference between the market price of a security and its fundamental value with long-term perspective as a patient investor. RFI places greater value on thorough research and rational decision-making process to capture truly attractive opportunities in the market.
REAPRA AVIATION PARTNERS
Reapra Aviation Partners is a Singaporean aviation consultancy with a key focus on Southeast Asia.With its collective of top aviation consultants and industry researchers, Reapra Aviation Partners develops strategic solutions to improve airports and airlines. Through which, it seeks to improve the aviation economy of a country and empower its people with knowledge as well as job opportunities.
Rebirthnet seeks to contribute to building a sustainable society through developing a highly interconnected resource and recycling ecosystem.
Through its technology, Rebirthnet helps to improve efficiency of all management functions within the same area for both “arterial” - industries that discharge waste through production and consumption, and “venous” -industries that process waste to reproduce it as raw materials and products.
SHOPLINE was founded in Hong Kong in 2013. We were accepted into the Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups accelerator in 2014. In 2015, we expanded into the Taiwan market. We started small from a 3-person team to a company with over 100 staff in Hong Kong and Taipei today. With the expansion of our Vietnam engineering team and China team, SHOPLINE has become an international team across 4 countries! We are eager to continue growing our team with passionate and professional talents.We believe SHOPLINE's platform can help entrepreneurs to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. It is a powerful tool to help SMEs meet the challenges of pivoting their businesses and sell online. We hope to create an ecosystem with rich resources where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to be their own boss, help one another, develop their own franchise and be able to sell globally through their online shop. We have over 120,000 merchants across 10 countries in Asia who have started their own online shops with SHOPLINE, serving over 80 million customers. Our list of merchants also including some world-wide enterprises such as Durex, Olympus, Agatha, etc.
Slogan takes on the challenge of building a human-based ecosystem through creating new industries.
With a strong focus on sourcing and developing enterprising and driven young talent for start-up companies, Slogan provides the supporting framework for new and emerging companies and industry fields.
Sonatra's mission is to encourage income independency and alleviate poverty. Sonatra aims to become a leading Microfinance is providing load to responsible low-income individuals and Small and Medium Enterprises that are unable to obtain financial services from banks to seek for more capital to enhance their businesses.Sonatra especially provides encouragement to any entrepreneurs who are enterprising and diligent in creating their own business which will in turn contribute to economic development. In addition to providing timely and excellent loan service, Sonatra also provides business consultation to customers to help ensure that their businesses can operate efficiently. In order to provide excellent service and to better understand customer's needs, Sonatra's management team is made up of finance and business professionals who have many years of relevant experience from Cambodia Japan and Singapore.
TravelSkope was founded by four engineers with passion and experience in travel, with its first brands, Hellowings and SavvyTickets, established in 2013.
Our technology solutions have helped Asian airlines, hotels, and travel agencies grow their businesses and enhance the traveler experience. We deliver flexible, reliable and scalable solutions to keep you competitive with maximum efficiency and profit.
TRIBE THEORY - Venture Hotel
Tribe Theory is a new category of hostels for startups, a community curated, business friendly hostel accommodation, designed to cater to the travelling startups, creative and entrepreneurial community. With its hostel locations in the growing start-up communities of Singapore, Bali, Bangalore, Hong Kong and Yangon, Tribe Theory allows you to stay in the midst of the action.
Viling Venture Partners is a venture capital arm of Viling Group which focuses on investment in "Ed Tech" sectors around Asia.Villing VP is actively conducting some "Accelerator Program" for Ed Tech startups trying to implement disruptive idea and dramatically change current market mechanism.
Viling Inc provides new education services that fit Society 5.0 – a term coined by the Japanese government. Targeted for both commercial and public education purposes, one of their key services is STEMON, the first STEM-focused education services in Japan that is currently used by over a thousand students.