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More on Saola Accelerator

More on Saola Accelerator

Image: 500 Seed Accelerator Batch 23This is a “saola”, a long-horned ox so rare that it’s often called an “Asian unicorn.” (nevermind that it has two horns!). Saolas are found almost exclusively in Vietnam.I believe there are other Asian unicorns to be found in...

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January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

The rare saola, or Asian unicorn, in its natural habitat in Vietnam Happy New Year! We’re excited about 2019, but first a quick look back at 2018: Ever-higher funding for Vietnamese startups! Preliminary research and analysis by Topica Founder Institute found more...

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December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

Friends of 500, As we hurtle into the holiday season, our team members are taking time to reflect on the journey so far and what lies in the future. In November, we announced the final close of our fund at $14M. When we set the target at $10M in 2016, Vietnam was not...

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November 2018 Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

Panel discussion with members of Forbes’s “Midas List” of leading venture capitalists at 500’s annual VC industry conference, PreMoney. Photo: Sumit Kohli @sreelphoto Hi all, At the beginning of October, we held our annual global LP meeting as well as our annual VC...

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Women Who Lead: Female Founders

Women Who Lead: Female Founders

From left: Debbie Mullin (Copper Cow Coffee), Vu Van (ELSA), Mimi Chan (Littlefund) In anticipation of Vietnam Women’s Day on October 20, we want to feature the stories of women who lead: our portfolio companies’ female founders. Since the inception of 500 Startups...

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October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

Eddie during the session "Start-Ups: Driving Innovation" at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018. Image: WEF / Sikarin Thanachaiary Hello all, In September, Vietnam recently hosted this year’s World Economic Forum on ASEAN, bringing together political, business, and...

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September 2018 Newsletter

President Tran Dai Quang meeting with 100 overseas Vietnamese scientists and tech experts in the Vietnam Innovation Network program Hello all, While the eCommerce war here rages on—last month, Sendo announced a >$50M fundraise led by SBI Group -- there are players...

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