frequently asked questions

Is there a cost to the program?
Startup School is completely free. All you need is a device with access to the internet.
Is there a limit to the number of founders who can participate in the program?
We do not have a limit on the number of participants.
Who will these moderators be?
Moderators are members of the Y Combinator alumni network and other fellow companies.
How many hours should I expect to put into this?
For founders in Startup School, there is a minimum commitment of 3 hours a week: 2 hours of lecture and one hour of group office hours.
How does this relate to Y Combinator? Does it replace YC? Will it improve my chances of getting into YC?
Startup School was created as a resource for anyone considering starting their own company; it is not meant to replace YC. While being part of Startup School does not directly improve your chances of getting into YC, the progress you make throughout the course doesn’t hurt! Simply put, we want startups to be better startups.
Who is eligible for the program?

Startup School is open to all founders currently working on a startup, or founders about to start one to go through the course.

If you’re not currently working on a startup, you are more than welcome to audit the course and have full access to all of the content.

If I’m doing a startup, why should I bother with this? What do I get out of it?
If you’re doing a startup, this program will help provide insight on running your company through exposure to best practices, helpful resources, and actionable advice. In addition to the lecture material, you will have access to moderators, YC partners, and become a part of an international community of founders. You’ll also have the chance to receive $10,000 in funding after completion of the program.
How do we get the $10,000 in funding? How much equity will you take?
The $10,000 in funding will be given to 100 selected companies who complete the program and pass the course. The funding is completely equity-free.
What are the requirements to complete and pass the course? Are there exams and homework?
There are no exams. The only requirements to pass the course is to submit your weekly updates and attend group office hours.
If I’m working with other people, who should participate?
We recommend inviting your co-founders to participate with you. Designate one founder as your representative for group office hours.
Who is teaching the lectures?
The lectures will be taught by a combination of YC partners and a great group of entrepreneurs and industry leaders.
Where will the lectures be filmed?
The lectures will be filmed in Mountain View at YC.
What happens at the end of the course?
Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate of completion and the opportunity to share what you’re working on with the public at Presentation Day.
What’s Presentation Day?
On Presentation Day you will be able to upload a short video pitch to introduce yourselves and your company to the public.