America’s top seed accelerator Y-Combinator is considering bringing it’s flagship event Startup School in India. In this event startups and entrepreneurs can get practical advice from successful founders and investors
People interested in starting a startup can attend Y Combinator Startup School. Startup School is a free to attend, one day conference where you’ll hear stories and practical advice from founders and investors. Learn how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew.
This year, for the first time, Startup School considered organizing event outside the Silicon Valley with events in New York and London and is expected to debut in China as well, next year.
When YC announced that it would be taking the Startup School global in May, entrepreneurs in India had voiced their interest for an event in India on YC’s forum – Hacker News.
YC said Twitter analytics revealed that 5% of its followers were from India and it made sense to understand the ecosystem here .
The event, held in 2013, included great talks from the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, VMWare founder Diane Greene, Evernote CEO Phil Libin, Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk and Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon.
Y Combinator was founded in March 2005 by Paul Graham with his Viaweb co-founders Robert Morris and Trevor Blackwell, as well as Jessica Livingston, who Graham later married. Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded over 700 startups, a community of over 1,400 founders and companies under its belt have a combined valuation of over $30 billion.
Until now, four Indian companies have made it to the Y-Combinator accelerator till date – ClearTax, Plivo, TapToLearn and HackerRank (previously InterviewStreet). ClearTax was the first ever India-focused startup to have graduated from the Y-Combinator batch.
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