500 Startups’ next batch of accelerator companies is launching now that its previous demo day has wrapped up, this time seemingly having a bit of a wider focus than we’re accustomed to seeing coming out of the firm. This batch, which contains 31 companies, focuses on a range of topics, like VR, healthcare, financial technology and even drones. Around 43 percent of the founders in the program come from international regions, something that tends to be a bigger focus for 500 Startups as it picks its startups to go through its accelerator.
As these companies go through the program, 500 Startups tends to help its companies with growth and marketing — which it uses to differentiate itself among other programs. There’s also an automotive track this year, hosted by General Motors. [ Tech Crunch ]