Y Combinator, one of the most well-known startup accelerators located in the Silicon Valley, recently created a Massive Open Online Course to help entrepreneurs from all over the world create and grow successful startups. Many large and currently established companies also received guidance from Y Combinator in the past including: Airbnb, Dropbox, Weebly, and many more.
The first version of the program, named Startup School, included founders from 22 countries.
“We believe the barrier to entry for people to start a startup is still too high,” said the organizers in an official statement on the Startup School website. “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.
The program began on April 5th and consisted of 10 weeks of lectures and guidance. The online lectures are led by an elite group of diverse and experienced industry leaders and entrepreneurs. The program consisted of online lectures (recorded at Stanford University) and weekly group meetings, as well as 1-on-1 meetings with each group’s mentor.
A few of the accomplished lecture leaders included: Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp, and Steve Huffman, CEO and co-founder of Reddit. These talented entrepreneurs taught participants how to move forward with their startup faster, recognize mistakes and challenges earlier, and effectively optimize their future plans.
Special thanks to our personal mentor, advisor, and friend along the way Ryan Bubinski, a graduate of YC S11 and co-founder of Codecademy. Thank you for providing additional advice, sharing your personal story, asking hard questions, and helping us to improve our trajectory. We were lucky to have you as our advisor.
Thanks to Sam Altman, Y Combinator President, who initiated the program. Say2eat is honored to have participated in this tremendously valuable experience provided by Y Combinator.
To participate in the Y Combinator Startup School, click HERE.