Any tech entrepreneur knows that the Y Combinator Youtube channel is a rabbit hole of free resources and information for launching a startup. Founders consume hours of content, learning foundational strategies and techniques from industry leaders including Paul Graham, Mark Zuckerberg, and Garry Tan.
After watching copious amounts of the content himself, Menno Gravemaker knew he wanted his company Momo Medical to apply. “I would recommend the Youtube channel to any entrepreneur starting or already experienced,” he says.
But Menno didn’t actually fall down the proverbial rabbit hole until after visiting his cousin in Silicon Valley (where the Y Combinator programme takes place). The entrepreneurial energy and environment were unlike anything that existed in the Netherlands, and Menno knew he wanted to be part of it.
Completing the accelerator programme is a huge mark of achievement for many founders. Household names like Dropbox and Airbnb are just two of their many graduates that have gone on to be successful.
Menno watched hours of Y Combinator videos, gleaning the knowledge and inspiration from both founders and investors. He learned what they looked for, what excited them, and what previous participants recommended to upcoming founders. Meanwhile, he continued to grow his own company Momo Medical, and eventually decided he was ready to apply.
Thousands of people apply every cycle (50,000 most recently), and only a handful (between 100 to 200) may be accepted. Founders may even apply numerous times for a chance to access the prestigious programme.
Menno applied once.
But after learning more about Momo Medical, it’s easy to understand what Y Combinator sees in the company.