500 Startups Announces Batch 16, Focused On Health Tech, FinTech, Vices And Recruiting


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Just as investors and journalists get ready to check out what’s new over at 500 Startups at its Batch 15 Demo Day, their team has announced a new batch of founders and startups aimed at changing their industries/solving problems all while making a buck or two.

500 Startups has been aiming to produce a more diverse class of companies that isn’t just solving Silicon Valley’s problems. Over the past few months, the accelerator has continued launching funds in Southeast Asia, Istanbul, Japan and others joining their expanding host of initiatives abroad. In this batch specifically, about a third of the founders are international and 27% are from outside of Silicon Valley.

Batch 16 has a little bit of everything from craft beer delivery service to artificially intelligent teaching assistants. Scour through the list below to see all 52 of the new companies joining the 500 Startups team.  You can also see here for some of our Batch 14 favorites from 500’s Demo-Ween showcase this past October.

  • Ader – Influencer marketing for Twitch.tv
  • Albert – Simple financial planning on your phone
  • AmpleMeal – Healthy, convenient meals in a bottle
  • Angel Sensor – Wearable sensor and open source platform for mobile health developers
  • Arka – A pain-free way for companies to source custom product packaging and fulfillment online
  • ArrowPass – NFC event management solution for gate control and offline cashless payments
  • BGlamor – Online shopping app for women to get the best things from China
  • bigfinite – Regulated IoT and big data analytics for optimizing pharma & biotech manufacturing processes
  • BottlesTonight – Mobile marketplace for booking bottle service
  • BREWPUBLIK – Custom-tailored craft beer delivery
  • BuildCon – Mobile SaaS for scheduling, collaboration and communication on construction projects
  • Cognuse – Comprehensive rehabilitation platform for chronic care
  • Easy Ten – Language learning mobile app
  • Faception – facial recognition technology
  • Finova Financial – A socially responsible online lender transforming the auto title lending industry
  • FoxType – App that helps you improve your writing with AI
  • HandStack – Marketing tool for engaging millions of people via text messaging
  • HelloFloat – A mobile-first credit card minus the credit check
  • iBillionaire – Mobile app that helps you invest with billionaires
  • iGrow – Platform that connects sponsors, farmers, land owners, and crop buyers.
  • Indemand – A plug and play platform powering on-demand businesses
  • Ingu Solutions – Reliable monitoring of critical infrastructures
  • M-vendr – A mobile POS for small retailers to resell prepaid products and accept cash payments
  • MaestroConference – Conferencing software for engaging conversations
  • ManyChat – Live chat with your customers through popular messengers
  • Mars Reel – Sports network for mobile millennials
  • Mentimeter – Mobile polling software during presentations
  • Neutun – Wearable software for chronic conditions
  • nurseVersity – Edtech platform that helps nurses pass their professional licensure board exams
  • OpenSponsorship – A sports sponsorship marketplace connecting brands with athletes, events and teams
  • Phenom – Community of young athletes to share stories about their athletic products and achievements
  • Pilotly – A platform that enables creators to test their content against targeted audiences at scale
  • Podozi – Authentic and appropriate beauty commerce for women of color
  • Qualio – Life sciences quality management made simple
  • Qwil – On-demand pay for the on-demand worker
  • RapidAPI – Code-free backend platform for web and mobile developers
  • Resource – Candidate Sourcing as a Service
  • Riide – Electric bikes designed for urban transportation sold as a monthly subscription service
  • Rize – A powerful automated savings tool based on behavioral science
  • Romit – Wallet and payment platform for underserved customers and industries
  • Simplifund – Simplifying alternative investments
  • Tackl – University talent inventory powered by smart matching
  • tagMonkey – Real world asset tracking in the cloud
  • Ticktate – Concert tickets at box office prices
  • Transtutors – Building artifically intelligent teaching assistant for college students
  • UpCraft Club – Leading source of digital sewing and crafting patterns
  • Voyajoy – Vacation rental management
  • WorkAmerica – LinkedIn for the skilled trades
  • WorkGenius – Scheduling and support platform for hourly workers
  • Worthix – Scientifically designed customer survey that uncovers what’s behind customers’ decisions
  • YoDerm – On-demand acne consultations from online dermatologists
  • YouStake – Marketplace to invest in your favorite poker players

Like what you see or think you have a cool idea yourself? 500 Startups has opened up applications for Batch 17, which you can apply to right here.

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