A free online startup school? That doesn’t sound so bad. Y Combinator has come up with the unique idea. It is accepting online applications for its massive open online course (MOOC). It’s where future entrepreneurs learn about entrepreneurship from the industry leaders.

Even those who have graduated from this accelerator program come to share their success stories and tips and tricks. Some of the past speakers include Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, Bill Gates, etc.

Y Combinator Startup School

It is going to be a three-way conference between you, the guest lecturers and Y Combinator. They will give you feedback on your startup each week during the online classes. A few thousand people will be present in the online sessions.

The President of Y Combinator, Sam Altman, taught a Startup course in 2014 at Stanford. It was so successful that he thought about launching an in-house version of the same. Topics like idea-generation, culture building, fundraising and growth will come up.

Startup School Exam

Where there is a school there is an exam. As a part of the final exam, the “students” will be asked to come forward with what they have built on the “Demo Day.” The entire session will be recorded for their future reference. Sam Altman thinks is the most beneficial for startups. But what’s best? You get all this for free.

“We wanted to help startups at whatever stage they’re in become billion-dollar companies,” said partner Jessica Livingston to VentureBeat. People like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft Cofounder Bill Gates have come to this event in the past. Patel Thiel, the renowned investor, has also marked his presence at this event.

It could definitely prove fruitful to the startups looking to gain valuable insights.

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