From Silicon Valley To Saigon



by 500 Startups and GS SHOP


The Saola Accelerator, named after the rare Vietnamese deer also known as the “Asian unicorn”, aims to support three batches of Vietnam-connected startups with US$100K investment in each company plus programmatic support.

500 Startups’ flagship accelerator has been named a Top 3 accelerator in the U.S. by notable publications including Forbes and Entrepreneur. 500 Startups has also been running growth programs in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  The Saola Accelerator is 500’s latest step in its mission to back talented entrepreneurs all over the world, help them build companies at scale, and develop thriving ecosystems around the world.

what to expect


thousand USD check

thousand USD in perks

Life-long connections

Beyond providing capital, the program will include the signature Growth Hell Week plus hands-on support for growth. During GHW, founders aren’t just going to “learn some marketing stuff” – they’re going eat, sleep, and breathe growth. The program will conclude with a Demo Day, where the companies will demonstrate their progress to an invite-only audience of regional investors.

what we offer

$100K check

Saola’s $100K investment will be the largest of any accelerator in Vietnam. GS Shop also plans to match 500 Startups Vietnam’s investment in select batch companies, bringing the potential investment per company to up to US$200K.

$500K in perks

Each participating company will have access to over $500K worth of free perks from 500’s partners including Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft.

#500strong people

We’ve learned a lot from working with 1,000 companies in more than 40 growth program batches around the world. We’re excited to bring that experience to Vietnam.

Who should apply

Tech or tech-enabled startups


Have meaningful traction

* Serving the Vietnam market, having a Vietnamese co-founder, and/or having a meaningful portion of the team in Vietnam


Jan 20, 2019

Late deadline: February 15, 2019

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