Y Combinator workshop series

Learn how to make your great idea a reality, with an intensive seven-workshop startup series hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship in the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Open to the entire ASU community — students, faculty, postdocs, staff, and recent alumni — the non-credit workshops will leverage Y Combinator’s Startup School curriculum to help you complete a robust application for seed funding consideration, from Y Combinator and local angel investment groups.

About Y Combinator

Creating a new model for funding early stage startups, and investing in many startups each year, Y Combinator has funded more than 1,500 companies since 2005 — including Dropbox, Airbnb, Reddit, and DoorDash — with a combined valuation in excess of $80 billion.

Startups that receive seed funding move to Silicon Valley for three months, giving founders access to all the tools they’ll need to make a successful pitch at Demo Day.

Serious resources for serious entrepreneurs

Through the startup workshop series, you will be guided through nearly 20 hours of video content produced by Y Combinator, as well as an additional 10 hours of evidence-based entrepreneurship content. More than 250 short, curated articles on entrepreneurship will also be available to help you find the right mindset, ask the right questions, and deliver the right results.

The workshops will also develop your proficiency with two online new venture concept assessment tools: Early Stage Innovation Assessment Tool (eSAT) and Advanced New Venture Concept Assessment Tool (New Venture IQ), which can help you prepare your business plans for commercial viability.

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Course delivery

The Y Cominbator workshops employ a flipped class model. You can expect at least three hours of off-class, self-guided work for every hour spent in class. The workshops are four hours each Saturday for seven weeks, beginning March 17, 2018. There is no cost to attend and no credits will be awarded.

No prerequisites are required for the workshops, but the coursework itself is demanding. In addition to the time demands to review relevant material, the eSAT and New Venture IQ assessments are rigorous tools designed to test the viability and scalability of your ideas.

At the completion of the workshop series, top performers will receive a Y Combinator/W. P. Carey certificate and outstanding participants may be invited to Y Combinator Demo Day in California to pitch their final concepts for seed funding.