Applying To Y Combinator

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The YC application questions have evolved since it's 2005 inception. The 2020 questions for the company profile section are:


Company name:

Company url, if any:

If you have a demo, what's the url? For non-software, demo can be a video.
(Please don't password protect it; just use an obscure url.)

Describe your company in 50 characters or less.

What is your company going to make? Please describe your product and what it does or will do.

Where do you live now, and where would the company be based after YC?
(List as City A, Country A / City B, Country B.)


Email address of the founder who is filling out this application:

Phone number(s):


Please provide the email addresses of the other cofounders in the startup. Founders must have at least 10% equity in the company. We will send an email to each founder to fill out additional information about themselves.

Please enter the url of a 1 minute unlisted (not private) YouTube or Youku video introducing the founder(s). This video is an important part of the application. (Follow the Video Guidelines.)

How many founders are on the team?


Which category best applies to your company?

  • Adtech
  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Analytics
  • Augmented Reality
  • Biotech
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Continuing Education
  • Crypto / Blockchain
  • Developer Tools
  • E-Sports
  • K-12
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Fitness / Wellness
  • Food/Beverage
  • Freight
  • Gaming
  • Government
  • Hard Tech
  • Hardware
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Language Learning
  • Lending / Loan Management
  • Marketplace
  • Media
  • Public Transportation
  • Retail
  • Recruiting/Talent
  • Robotics
  • Security
  • Sourcing / Recruiting
  • Transportation
  • Travel/Tourism
  • Virtual Reality
  • Other


How far along are you?

How long have each of you been working on this? How much of that has been full-time? Please explain.

Are people using your product?

Do you have revenue?

If you've applied previously with the same idea, how much progress have you made since the last time you applied? Anything change?

If you have already participated or committed to participate in an incubator, "accelerator" or "pre-accelerator" program, please tell us about it.


Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you have domain expertise in this area? How do you know people need what you're making?

What's new about what you're making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn't exist yet (or they don't know about it)?

Who are your competitors, and who might become competitors? Who do you fear most?

What do you understand about your business that other companies in it just don't get?

How do or will you make money? How much could you make?
(We realize you can't know precisely, but give your best estimate.)

How will you get users? If your idea is the type that faces a chicken-and-egg problem in the sense that it won't be attractive to users till it has a lot of users (e.g. a marketplace, a dating site, an ad network), how will you overcome that?


Have you incorporated, or formed any legal entity (like an LLC) yet?

Have you taken any investment yet?

If you have not formed the company yet, describe the planned equity ownership breakdown among the founders, employees and any other proposed stockholders. If there are multiple founders, be sure to give the proposed equity ownership of each founder.

Please provide any other relevant information about the structure or formation of the company.


Are any of the founders covered by noncompetes or intellectual property agreements that overlap with your project? If so, please explain.

Who writes code, or does other technical work on your product? Was any of it done by a non-founder? Please explain.

"Is there anything else we should know about your company?
(Pending lawsuits, cofounders who have left, etc.)"


If you had any other ideas you considered applying with, please list them. One may be something we've been waiting for. Often when we fund people it's to do something they list here and not in the main application.

Please tell us something surprising or amusing that one of you has discovered. (The answer need not be related to your project.)


What convinced you to apply to Y Combinator? Did someone encourage you to apply?
How did you hear about Y Combinator?

Please ensure that this application is complete and all founders have filled out their profiles before submitting your application for review. The answer to this question must match the number of profiles filled. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed, regardless of whether the deadline has passed or not.


The 2020 personal profile questions that each founder must fill out are:



Email Address



City where you currently live
If you're invited to interview, where you’ll be coming from

State / Province



Schools, Degrees (including field of study), and Years of Graduation
Should you be selected for interview, we may ask for academic transcripts"

Employers, Position / Titles and Dates
Should you be selected for interview, we may ask for references


(Only fill out the ones hat you have. For instance, if you don't have a github profile, leave that blank.)

Personal website

Github URL

Linkedin URL

Facebook URL

Twitter URL


Please tell us about the time you, most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage.

Please tell us in one or two sentences about the most impressive thing other than this startup that you have built or achieved.

Are you a technical founder?
(You are a programmer, engineer, or scientist who can build the product without outside assistance.)


Do you have at least 10% equity in the company you're applying with?

If we fund you, will you move and live in the Bay Area during the duration of the batch?

Will you commit to working exclusively on this project for the next year?
(No school, no other jobs)

Do you have any other commitments between June through August 2020 inclusive?
If you're applying to Early Decision, do you have any other commitments between January through March 2021 inclusive?

Do you have any commitments in the future and if so what?
(e.g. finishing college, going to grad school)


Have you been to any YC events? If so, which ones?
(e.g. Startup School, University Tour, Office Hours, etc.)

These are the questions that you can expect to see on the Y Combinator application. Be mindful of the deadlines and check the Y Combinator website often for resources and updates. Good luck.