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500 Startups Accelerator Announces Its Thirteenth Batch Of Companies

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A Random Walk Down Hardware Alley

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With their twelfth batch of companies set to demo to investors and the press next week, 500 Startups is announcing the thirteenth batch of companies to go through its accelerator.

The firm is adding 30 more startups to its 1,000-company portfolio, and there are a few clear trends among the batch: lots of on-demand services, marketplaces, and physical goods like hardware or cleaning products.

As with its recent cohorts, the accelerator is bringing in companies from San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, and outside the U.S. for its newest batch. 500 Startups founding partner Dave McClure explained the philosophy behind that diversity at Disrupt NY on Tuesday, noting, “we think they’re under-priced assets that the rest of the world is missing.”

Here’s the complete list of startup joining 500 Startups in the Bay Area this summer:

  • Alumnify – builds custom mobile applications for schools to help them engage their alums.
  • BetterWorld Wireless – a mobile services platform (access+devices+apps & community) that connects people in need with the benefits of today’s networked society.
  • CellBreaker – helps consumers legally cancel long-term cell phone contracts and switch carriers without early termination fees.
  • ChattingCat – helps non-native English speakers correct their written English.
  • Clowder – an on-demand coffee delivery service with no order minimums.
  • CoachMarket – an on-demand marketplace for career coaching.
  • CoContest – 99Designs for interior design. 
  • CrowdPlat – Elance for startups and enterprise customers.
  • Digital Currency Council –  trains, certifies, and connects professionals in the digital currency economy.
  • Edools – Shopify for online education, providing full-service e-learning systems to companies selling online courses.
  • EnvoyNow – on-demand college food delivery using students with campus access to deliver with extra convenience (they can reach the third floor of a lecture building or the basement of the main library where a normal driver couldn’t).
  • Fishfishme – a marketplace for fishing charters around the world.
  • GlamST – lets users try on multiple makeup brands on their selfies.
  • Green Way Labs – develops high-performance, “green” cleaning products.
  • Hazel Lane – discover new places through a box of locally-made goods that arrives monthly.
  • Kollecto – helps you buy affordable art by pairing you with a Personal Art Advisor who finds art and negotiates prices.
  • KonoLabs – building an app that helps schedule meetings.
  • Linguatrip – a booking platform for language-based travel: travel abroad, learn a foreign language in a language school, and stay with a local family.
  • MoBagel – helps hardware companies gain insight into how their customers are using their products.
  • Nodal – building a device that protects the rest of the hardware on your network by examining inbound traffic.
  • Omate – builds smart watches that work with iOS and Android.
  • Pixc – on-demand product image editing for e-commerce stores.
  • Publishizer – a book pre-order platform to help independent authors bring their work to market.
  • ResultsOnAir – helps advertisers understand which TV ads bring best results.
  • RingCaptcha – lets startups onboard and verify mobile users with a single SMS.
  • Storygami – a SaaS tool that lets you embed related content — articles, image galleries, maps — into your online videos to boost engagement.
  • Transfercar – lets travelers get free rental vehicles by helping car rental companies move their fleets between branches.
  • UCreate3D – custom 3D-printed phone cases for individuals and businesses.
  • Virect – a self-service marketplace that connects businesses to video creators.