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

our goals

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 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, teach and support one another.
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. Sign up here.

In addition to having full access to all the lectures and group sessions, you will also:

Have virtual group sessions every other week via online video.

Have access to a community of international founders through the Startup School forum.

Be responsible for updating Startup School 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 the lectures and class content, released once a week here.

course format

Lectures are taught by YC partners
and industry leaders.

Week 1: Startup School Orientation W2020
By Eric Migicovsky and Kyle Corbitt
Week 1: How to Evaluate Startup Ideas
By Kevin Hale
Week 1: How to Plan an MVP
By Michael Seibel
Week 2: How to Talk to Users
By Eric Migicovsky
Week 2: How to Launch (Again and Again)
By Kat Manalac
Week 3: Startup Pricing 101
By Kevin Hale
Week 3: How to Set KPIs and Goals
By Adora Cheung
Week 3: Nine Business Models and the Metrics Investors Want
By Anu Hariharan
Week 4: Growth for Startups
By Gustaf Alströmer
Week 4: How to Improve Conversion Rates
By Kevin Hale
Week 4: Advice for Hard-tech and Biotech Founders
By Jared Friedman
Week 5: Managing Startup Finances
By Kirsty Nathoo
Week 5: Modern Startup Funding
By Carolynn Levy
Week 6: How to Work Together
By Kevin Hale
Week 6: How to Prioritize Your Time
By Adora Cheung
Week 7: All About Pivoting
By Dalton Caldwell
Week 7: How to Pitch Your Startup
By Kevin Hale
Week 8: Building Culture
By Tim Brady
Week 8: How to Lead
By Ali Rowghani
Week 8: Parting Advice
By Geoff Ralston

To successfully complete the course, you must submit at least 6 out of your 8 weekly updates and attend 2 out of 4 group sessions.

Startups that complete the course will receive a public Startup School page to certify your completion and graduation from the course.