For future founders, Y Combinator’s Startup College curriculum wasn’t fairly proper for them. It was meant for founders who’re already engaged on constructing their corporations.
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Now, the celebrated startup accelerator is increasing its attain to individuals who wish to begin an organization sooner or later with its new course: Startup College for Future Founders.
YC was at all times about opening as much as founders who weren’t a part of the standard startup ecosystem, and Startup College was constructed on the identical concept, in accordance with the varsity’s director Kyle Corbitt.
“It’s actually about bringing this content material, curriculum and our information to an excellent wider group of individuals,” Corbitt mentioned. “It was an apparent subsequent step as we’re making an attempt to maneuver additional upstream and make this chance obtainable to extra individuals.”
Startup College is designed for energetic, early-stage founders who’re engaged on constructing their corporations. Greater than 140,000 founders have gone via this system thus far, and it’s additionally helped lots of their startups make it to Y Combinator’s accelerator program–simply over 50 % of the businesses in YC’s batch that simply completed got here from Startup College, in accordance with Corbitt.
However the Startup College’s curriculum wasn’t tailor-made for individuals who wish to begin an organization sooner or later, however simply hadn’t determined what to work on first.
Every week the varsity has a number of hundred future founders attempt to enroll in this system, solely to be redirected to this system’s mailing record, Corbitt mentioned, acknowledging that the present expertise isn’t nice for future founders. There have been requests for one thing like Startup College for many who wish to someday begin an organization, he added.
The six-week Startup College for Future Founders course consists of classes in how future founders can discover an impressive startup concept in addition to workouts for future founders reminiscent of how one can vet a co-founder and validate an concept with potential prospects, in accordance with a weblog put up by Y Combinator.
Startup College went via the highest 100 YC corporations that went on to be essentially the most profitable from its core batch program, then went again and checked out their purposes to learn how these corporations discovered their concepts and co-founders. This system created content material round these subjects utilizing actual examples.
“We type of attempt to use our group to resolve these key early points lots of founders face,” Corbitt mentioned.
When individuals are prepared to begin their firm, they will change to an energetic founder profile. Y Combinator shall be rolling out a co-founder matching service within the close to future as nicely, in accordance with the startup accelerator.
“We’re actually making an attempt to maneuver off the present demographic or the present individuals who already learn about YC or are already in Silicon Valley, we wish to widen the funnel,” Corbitt mentioned.
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