Y Combinator is coming to NC State!

Are you looking for advice on your startup or entrepreneurial ideas?  

Look no further – the highly select and prestigious seed funder Y Combinator is headed to NC State on their 2016 Campus Tour!  Located in Silicon Valley, Y Combinator funds and mentors young startups through a rigorous three month process, aimed at helping companies prepare for large-scale investments and growth.

NC State + Y Combinator Alums

NC State educated entrepreneurs have had the opportunity to work with Y Combinator; two such alumni are Thushan Amarasiriwardena and Jeff Huber.  

Thushan Amarasiriwardena, NC State c/o 2004, graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science.  In 2010, he co-founded the award-winning Launchpad Toys, a company that created apps for children – but before his company soared, he went through Y Combinator’s process for funding and growth.  Making best-seller apps such as Toontastic and TeleStory, his company was eventually purchased by Google, where he now works.  

Jeff Huber, NC State c/o 2012, graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Economics.  In 2015, he was successfully funded through Y Combinator for his company, Standard Cyborg. Standard Cyborg creates affordable waterproof 3D printed prosthetics for amputees.

Event Schedule on 1/25:

Y Combinator Office Hours, 10 – 1 p.m. in Innovation Hall [Apply Here]

Meet 1:1 with Y Combinator partners and alumni to discuss your startup’s biggest challenges and barriers to success. Get feedback and guidance on your next steps. Open to NC State students, alumni and faculty/staff. Must complete the application process by 1/19.

“Learn about Startups” with Y Combinator,  1:30 – 3 p.m. in Talley 3285 [Register Here]

Join Y Combinator partners and alumni for a talk and Q&A featuring Kevin Hale, cofounder of Wufoo. Hear their stories and find out what it’s really like to start a startup. Hale was cofounder of Wufoo, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2006 and acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2011. He was responsible for Wufoo’s much ­admired design and speaks widely about UX. Free and open to the public.

About Y Combinator:

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.

At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we can introduce you to later stage investors—or occasionally even acquires.


About the Author:

Writer, world traveler, and art lover: Heather Keleher is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and student at NC State. Author of the novel, “Waiting for Sunrise,” Heather conveys her passion for entrepreneurship in her writing. Visit her at heatherkeleher.com, check her out on the Huffington Post, and follow her on twitter @HeatherKeleher.