It’s Demo Day: 500 Startups Accelerator Launches 34 Companies

January 25, 2012

11:18 am

500 Startups is launching its third batch of startups today at a 4-hour demo day event.

This class of 34 startups includes a variety of B2B solutions, as well as social and entertainment platforms, organizational tools, learning and reference websites, and products for kids. Two startups, ContaAzul and Rota dos Concursos, feature sites in Portuguese and are targeting customers in Brazil. Gizmo even built an HTML5 app listing the companies in this batch. (See our list here.)

Since the program began, a few startups have rebranded: DressRush is now Tailored, MelonCard has become SafeShepherd, and Redeemr has become PostRocket. Besides receiving mentorship and advice, the 500 Startups group took trips to companies like Google and Facebook.

“While we entered the program with a strong belief in the lean startup principal, and an obsessive focus on metrics, being in the program has enforced that,” says Zvi Band, cofounder of demoing startup Contactually.

Demo day is full, but you can watch the livestream Wednesday, January 25, from 12-4 pm or Thursday, January 26, from 5-9 pm PST. Or check out their NYC demo day on February 1.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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