Y Combinator

Y Combinator

Y Combinator does seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you're getting started.

Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.

At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you've built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we introduce you to later stage investors—or occasionally even acquirers.

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News on Y Combinator

What Entrepreneurs Need to Remember When Applying to Y Combinator
There are so many unknowns when you embark on a startup venture. How do you grow? Where do you grow? How do you target and land those first key customers? How do you attract the attention of... more
Is the University of Waterloo Better than Stanford?
Frank Bruni recently penned an Op Ed in the New York Times titled How to Survive the College Admissions Madness. Bruni tells the story of a handful of American high school grads and their quest to... more
Vanhawks Raises $1.6 Million Seed Round
Vanhawks this week announced it has secured $1.6 million in seed funding. The investment was led by Real Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, Funders Club, Mike McCauley, Devon Galloway... more
Advice from Y Combinator on Pitching and Creating the Perfect Slideshow
Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator has revealed a bulleted list of succinct but precious pitching and slideshow tips for entrepreneurs facing the all-important demo day at... more
Canadian Startup Makes Public the Application That Scored Them a Y Combinator Interview
Snip.ly, an infant Canadian startup that scored a Y Combinator interview for their Summer 2014 cohort, decided to post its entire successful application on Medium. The company, which developed a... more
Y Combinator Startup Homejoy Launches in First International Market, Comes to Clean up Canada
Cleaning—even the word itself—causes some people to cringe. It doesn’t matter how important it is to maintain a healthy living environment, people still dread sweeping floors,... more
Borderless Investments: The Top US Venture Capitalists Investing in Canadian Startups
This article is the 3rd in a series that highlights how to properly go about funding and growing your startup. In evaluating US VCs, it’s important to identify whether they hold any... more
What's in Your Water, Waterloo? Startup Legend Praises Canadian City's Entrepreneurs
Waterloo has made a name for itself on a global scale by punching well above its weight class. Despite a small population, the scrappy city has been recognized one of the world's best startup... more
Canadian Startup Lands in Y Combinator Winter 2013 Cohort
Last month startup accelerator Y Combinator announced that they would be cutting down the size of their winter 2013 cohort after their summer 2012 class crept up to a whopping 84 companies.... more
Toronto’s Kytephone Graduates from Y Combinator, Launches First Smartphone for Kids
After gaining valuable experience working on two startup projects in 2011, Crowdfield and Scanly, Renat Gataullin was looking for another problem to solve. He decided to create a user-friendly... more
Canadians report from Y Combinator Summer Camp
Canadians Michael Parkatti and Mike Marrone are in Cambridge, Massachusetts participating in the 2008 summer session of Y Combinator - a new kind of venture firm specializing in funding early... more

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