500 Durians is a venture capital fund of 500 Startups that invest across South Asia. It seeks to invest in the financial service, consumer product, healthcare, education, food and internet sectors. It was launched in 2013 and is based in Singapore, Singapore. 500 Durians are vertical-agnostic and invest primarily in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia at the pre-seed and seed stage. They follow the same strategy of 500 Startups of making many small investments and investing on further in investments they see growing and being successful.
In Southeast Asia, 500 Startups invests through the pioneering 500 Durians family of funds. The 500 Durians team has backed over 150 companies across multiple sectors from internet to consumer to deep technology. It continues to connect founders with capital, expertise and regional and global networks to help them succeed.
500 Durians works to help their portfolio businesses with vision, strategy and day-to-day challenges towards raising the next funding round. They help with growth and distribution, corporate partnerships and B2B customer acquisitions. And 500 Durians uses their local network and their larger network and partnerships through 500 Startups to help their portfolio companies grow.