Startups are now a common place with new companies springing up on almost a daily basis. However, not a lot of people understand what they are all about thus, you have them failing before you get to hear about them. Collapsed and Autopsy will give you a pretty good idea of just how there are more startups failing than making it.
The circumstances, problems or inconveniences which have often led to launching startups are not enough to keep it going and this is where Y Combinator’s Startup School hopes to help.
Y Combinator, the American seed accelerator, launched its startup school last year. The program intends to make it easier for people to start a startup regardless of who or where they are, by sharing all that has been learnt from previous startups. It will run for 10 weeks and will basically teach people about how to start a startup, and equip them with the resources and tools to help prepare them now and in the future. It will also build a community of entrepreneurs that will encourage and teach each other.
It does not take the usual academic approach as there are no exams. The only requirements are for founders to submit the weekly company updates and attend the group office hours. If you’ve got a startup already, it may be a great idea for you to apply as the course will help provide insight on running your company through exposure to best practices, helpful resources and actionable advice. In addition to the lecture material, you will have access to experienced startup founders, Y Combinator partners, and become a part of a community of entrepreneurs.
Startup School does not replace Y Combinator but basically serves as a resource for anyone considering starting their own company. There is still a possibility that you may have an improved chance of getting into Y Combinator as more information about your company would have been made available via the program.
You can apply here.