Startup School (by Y Combinator)


Summer & Winter Schools

Location (s):

  • Online


We believe the barrier to entry for people to start a startup is still too high. We want to make it easier for people to start a company, regardless of who or where you are, so we're starting by sharing what we've learned, through Startup School.

Learn how to start a startup with YC’s free 8-week online course.

Sign up now to join our next course.


Startup School is a free online course for founders actively pursuing their own startup.

Throughout the course, we aim to accomplish the following:

  1. Encourage and inspire people to consider starting a company as a way to positively impact the world.
  2. Teach people about how to start a startup, and equip them with the resources and tools to help prepare them now and in the future.
  3. Build a community of entrepreneurs who can encourage and teach each other.

Participation in the course will follow two tracks:

Startup School

If you/your team are actively pursuing a startup, or will be starting one for the program. In addition to having full access to all the lectures and class office hours, you will also:

  • Be assigned an advisor and join their group of companies. Advisors are members of the YC alumni network.
  • Have virtual advisory sessions, in the form of Group Office Hours, every week via online video.
  • Have access to a community of international founders through the Startup School forum.
  • Be responsible for updating your Advisor on your progress once a week.


If you currently don’t have any plans to start a startup in the immediate future, but would like to learn.

You can follow along and have full access to all 10 lectures and class content, released once a week.


  • You must submit at least 9 out of your 10 weekly updates and attend 9 out of 10 group office hour sessions.
  • Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate of completion and the opportunity to share what you're working on with the public.
  • 100 startups that complete the course will be chosen to receive $10K in funding.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Who is eligible for the Startup Founder Track?

Anyone who has started working on a startup is eligible to join. If you or your team are actively pursuing your startup and are interested in participating, sign up here:


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:


  • TARTUP NETWORK: Join a network of over 40,000 founders across 190 countries. Find entrepreneurs near you and build meaningful connections.
  • FORUM: Gain access to the Startup School founder forum. Get feedback, support and help from the community.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Engage with fellow startups. Participate in frequent group sessions and set goals for your company.
  • EXCLUSIVE DEALS: Cut startup costs and get discounts from the best in the business (Algolia, AWS, Brex, Clerky, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud, MongoDB, Segment, Stripe, and more).
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