Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started.
Y Combinator is accepting applications from startups for the Winter 2019 funding cycle. It will take place in Mountain View, CA from January–March 2019.
- If you want to apply, please submit your application online by 8 pm PT on October 2. Startups that submit early have a small advantage because we have more time to read their applications. And you can submit after the deadline – though keep in mind that the later you apply, the harder it is to get in.
- On October 23, by 10PM, YC will invite the startups that seem most promising to meet us in Mountain View either in late October, November, or early December. They will reimburse reasonable travel expenses.
- YC decides what startups to fund after each day of interviews.
- If YC invest in your startup, your company’s founding team is expected to move to the Bay Area for January–March 2019. You can of course relocate the company afterward if you want, but it’s a good place for a startup to be.
- Y Combinator doesn’t supply office space. YC have space your company can use if you need to, but YC expect your startup to work out of wherever you find to live. It is no coincidence that so many successful startups have started this way; it’s the ideal setup for the initial phase.
- During the 3 month cycle YC will have dinners every Tuesday for all the founders. At each dinner YC will invite an expert in some aspect of startups to speak.
- We have regular office hours year round for startups who want to talk about what they’re building, or get advice on dealing with investors. They also have occasional events at YC.
- During and after the 3 months YC introduce startups individually to people who could help them. The founders of other YC-funded companies tend to be especially helpful. Today the YC alumni network is probably the most powerful network in the startup world.
- About 11 weeks in, YC organize an event called Demo Day at which the startups present to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.
- YC doesn’t really end after 3 months; only the dinners do. YC continue to give advice and make introductions as long as our startups need—-and so does the informal network of YC-funded companies.