Startup accelerator 500 Startups is welcoming 28 new companies into its program today.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based group invests between $25,000 to $250,000 in early-stage tech companies, and it has a diverse portfolio of startups from all over the world. The latest group of companies is 500 Startups’ eighth batch and also the first from its new San Francisco program.
The 28 companies come from Spain, India, France, Canada, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Brazil, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as well locations within the U.S. like Las Vegas, Austin, New York City, and more. Some of the companies that caught my attention initially include celebrity e-commerce platform Equipboard, “chat roulette” for rap battles service Rapt.fm, and event marketplace service Venuespot.
Additionally, 500 Startups is also bringing in two new partners to its program. The first is long-time entrepreneur Sean Percival, who will focus on Bitcoin investments and distribution. The other is Yahoo veteran Marvin Liao, who will help with our accelerator batches in both San Francisco and Mountain View.
Check out descriptions of the 28 new 500 Startups companies below:
BidAway: An eBay for vacations.
Primeloop: (Formerly ClippPR) A service that makes it easy for brands and agencies to clip all their press, measure PR value, and more.
CultureAlley: Service that lets you learn languages via interactive videos and practice on social media.
Doorman: Service that lets you deliver packages seven days a week until midnight.
Doz: Service that helps online businesses to go international by “automagically curating” local marketers and putting them to work in an all in one platform.
Enchanted Diamonds: Service for finding the perfect ring.
Equipboard: E-commerce platform that shows you what notable people are buying or endorsing.
FameBit: Service for finding and hiring YouTube influencers.
Friend Trusted: Service for making home remodeling easy by taking a photo of your space and getting estimates.
Guidekick: A mobile tool that helps educate people at historical attractions.
Holidog: A top European marketplace for boarding your pets.
I3zif.com: (Play for Music Limited) A service that teaches you how to play musical instruments through video tutorials and top musicians in the Arabic world.
Já Entendi: An education service for blue-collar workers in Brazil.
Pijon: A service that builds better care packages for college students.
PredictionIO: An open-source machine-learning server for software developers to create predictive features.
Quest: Mobile service that lets you ask a question and get an answer within minutes.
Raisy: Startup that partners with brands and services to create profitable online fundraising programs for schools.
Rapt.fm: A chat roulette for rap battles.
Remark: A browser-based platform for video annotation.
Roam & Wander: A startup that makes games, apps, and toys for kids under the TuTu and DiDi brands.
ShareRoot Inc.: A social marketing suite for Pinterest.
Shippo: A service that seeks to make international shipping easier.
Simmr: A service that shows restaurants prepare your food.
SoundBetter: A marketplace for finding music production talent.
Unwind Me: A service for helping people book massages.
VenueSpot: An online marketplace that gets venues to bid on hosting your event.
Whale Path: Plaform that lets professionals order business research.
Wuzzuf: A job matching service simulating how human recruiters think.