Meet 500 startups for the 26th time

<pre><pre>Meet 500 startups for the 26th time

After TechCrunch's coverage of the 25th batch of 500 startups (and numbers 24, 23, 22 and 21 if you want to travel back in time), today we welcome the accelerator's 26th cohort.

500 startups, In the event that you did not know, it is a starting signal and a collection of risk funds. The group, which now has a few dozen batches of accelerators in stock, has several thousand companies in its universe. The 26th cohort of 500 includes 29 companies, including a handful of which we had heard of ( to choose one).

Dates, diversity

Before we get to the startups themselves, a few comments. TechCrunch spoke to get an overview of the companies included in the batch Aaron Blumenthal, a risk partner of the company. After sharing a number of batch metrics with TechCrunch, we urged that the makeup of the startups in the group be a little more detailed.

Here is a mix of our notes and details (summarized and edited for clarity) about the batch that the risk partner has described as "another step on the ladder of our diversity and inclusion spirit":

  • 37% the startups are international. According to Blumenthal, "this particular batch is somewhat smaller from the" outside of the United States "perspective – we usually see north of 50% outside of the United States."
  • 30% A woman is one of the founding teams of the companies. TechCrunch asked Blumenthal if this number was higher, lower, or lower, and he replied that the average of the 500s was usually in the mid-30s. For example, our last batch was 26% female. And this is more [in] This direction, of which we are of course a fan. "
  • 70% Charge's founding teams "have one or more founders who identify as a racial minority," the company said.

It would be interesting to see a more detailed breakdown for future cohorts, but the information provided was better than expected and the numbers slightly better. And on the subject of numbers, Crunchbase recorded 215 exits for 500 startups. 500 cite TalkDesk and Shippo as highlights.

For mechanics, 500 startups invested $ 150,000 each in accelerator companies for 6% of their equity and charged $ 37,500 for the program itself. In fact, it's a little less capital for the same percentage of ownership.

What else? Only that we go into the demo day season. 500 startups will host the showcase on March 19 for the 26th time. Y combiner will assert itself on March 23 and 24. The Techstars website has defeated my hunt for the next day of the demo, but in the name of fairness it is likely to happen somewhere in the world at the same time.

Here is the list of companies in batch 26 with small notes of 500 on their activities:

  • Acadium: Connects business owners and marketing professionals with emerging digital marketing professionals.

  • Alloy Card: Provides a customer credit card with automation that gives customers more control over their finances while saving time.

  • Amixr: Incident management software that enables engineering teams around the world to optimize their workflow while minimizing problems.

  • AppBind: Enables partners to buy and resell online software subscriptions as easily as licensed software by introducing B2B SaaS into the global reseller market of implementation consultants, system integrators, and distributors.

  • Bliinx: Provides an easy and quick way to find business relationship information by summarizing all interactions with contacts in Office 365.

  • Briza: Provides an Insurance-as-a-Service API that enables instant quotes, commitments, and the issuance of commercial insurance policies.

  • Butlr: Through sensor networks and AI, Butlr supports retail stores in increasing store sales by performing real-time customer behavior analysis.

  • CENOS: Easy-to-use simulation software that enables engineers to run through designs faster than physical prototypes, including for induction heating and antenna design.

  • Connected Analytics: A Nigeria-based company that helps companies and banks integrate data analytics and premiums to retain customers and increase sales.

  • Fakespot: Eliminates misinformation and misleading content on e-commerce websites for consumers, brands and platforms.

  • GamerzClass: Offers exclusive Esport master classes with professionals to shape the future of gaming.

  • Get on board: recruitment platform that connects global companies with the best Latin American technology talent.

  • Juked: Gathers information about sports games, including live streams, player profiles, results, and calendars, to make it easier to watch sports events and encourage engagement.

  • Kyndoo: Helps advertisers stamp out fraudulent social media influencers and provides data about their authenticity and performance.

  • Mero Technologies: Retrofits commercial buildings with sensors to analyze traffic and consumables such as toilet paper and soap in real time and determine the cleaning routes.

  • Omnitron sensors: enable the complete autonomy of self-driving cars and drones with novel silicon photonics processes for sensors in safety-critical systems.

  • Pilota: Applies machine learning to predict flight disruption to passengers and automatically rebooks a passenger's flight for free.

  • Create an app: Allows IT teams to speed up code-poor development without sacrificing flexibility.

  • Pluto: Adapts the sleeping pillows to the user's height, neck-shoulder ratio and sleeping preferences to optimize sleep.

  • Predina: Uses AI to predict the risk of vehicle accidents for insurance and safety purposes by analyzing more than 14 million historical accidents and other factors such as intersections, weather conditions and time.

  • Renetec: Enables the creation of GUIs for embedded systems with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, which reduces development time and costs.

  • ShardSecure: Enables companies to move and store sensitive information securely in the cloud.

  • Shiplyst: India-based ocean freight procurement market that reduces costs for exporters and importers and gives them better insight into their shipments.

  • Silk + Sonder: Offers a subscription service for women's mental well-being that personalizes daily self-help through journaling and peer-to-peer support.

  • Sira Medical: Helps clinicians plan augmented reality more efficiently by supplying them with high-fidelity 3D holograms from CT scans and MRIs.

  • The Atlas: An online community of city officials who collect crowdsourcing ideas and modernize the local government market with $ 1.6 trillion.

  • Thematic: Confronts content creators who need great songs for their videos with music artists who need influencer marketing.

  • Trash Warrior: Provides corporate waste disposal services. Customers can book services online at affordable prices and reliable quality.

  • Userpilot: Helps software product managers to personalize the in-app experience to scale throughout the user journey.

When we live in the unicorn era, as we've been doing for some time now, it's easy to lose sight of the earliest stages of startup investments. But accelerators have always helped create some impressive companies. So it's worth paying attention to. More about the different demo days.