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Learn How to Start a Startup By Applying For Y Combinator’s Free 10-week Online Course

The Y Combinator Startup School is here again. Startup School is a free, 10-week, online course. It’s designed for any startup founder who would like to get help through the earliest, most difficult challenges of starting a company. The course will begin on August 27, 2018, and applications are now open at

Founders may choose to join the Startup School community and meet with an advisor on a weekly basis or to simply follow along with the course by watching the lectures and materials. In both cases, the class is completely free.

For the first time ever, Y Combinator is going to give $10,000 in equity-free funding to 100 of the most promising companies that join and complete the course. Those companies will also receive a video interview with a YC partner later in the year for advice or aid in applying to a future YC batch.

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Stripe will be giving startups discounted payment processing and an invitation to Stripe Atlas to incorporate and open a company bank account.

In addition, startups will receive over $50,000 in credits to a variety of other services, including Digital Ocean and Amazon Web Services.

Startup School lectures will be delivered live in Mountain View, California at Y Combinator’s headquarters and then made available for viewing online. The speakers will include YC co-founder Paul Graham, YC Partners like President Sam Altman and CEO Michael Seibel, as well as notable founders from the startup community.

Last year, over 13,000 companies applied to participate in Startup School, and 95 YC alumni volunteered their time to advise over 2,800 of those companies participating across 141 countries.

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Throughout the 10 weeks, Y Combinator watched founders build products, talk to users, create local communities, and launch their companies. 1,587 (56%) of the companies completed the course, and, since then, 38 of them have been accepted to the core Y Combinator program and received YC funding.

The goal is to help everyone, regardless of who or where they are, start their startup. The materials from this year’s Startup School, like those from previous years, will remain online after the course finishes as a permanent resource for all startup founders.

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