Become a Startup Scout
Y Combinator

Join the ranks of VC startup scouts, serving as crucial connectors in the startup ecosystem. Tap into new markets, expand your influence and witness innovation at its genesis. An opportunity to shape the future, today.


Y Combinator is a renowned startup accelerator that was founded in 2005 in the United States. It has seeded successful companies such as Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit, which have heavily influenced the global startup and VC ecosystem. The company offers funding, resources and guidance to early-stage ventures through its highly competitive startup program.

Throughout its history, Y Combinator has helped over 2000 startups raise seed funding, with several making their mark as unitcorns - startups valued over $1 billion. Some of these include Doordash and Instacart, and are now worth over $10 billion each.

The founders receive a seed investment from the accelerator in return for some equity in the startup. Y Combinator invests $125k for 7 percent equity in each of its portfolio companies. The accelerator also provides an intensive 3-month program where companies receive actionable advice to accelerate their growth.

This startup accelerator has an impressive network of successful founders and investors, making it a formative bridge between startups and venture capitalists. Founders like Brian Chesky (Airbnb) and Drew Houston (Dropbox) have been part of this ecosystem, which has helped them reach new heights in their respective fields.

In addition to its accelerator program, Y Combinator has established initiatives to guide the growth of startups on a wider scale. For instance, the Startup School is a free online program that offers course material and connection with like-minded entrepreneurs around the world. Furthermore, the YC Continuity fund is an investment fund that provides late-stage funding to YC companies.

One of the distinctive elements of Y Combinator is its belief in the power of strong founding teams versus single-founder companies. This focus is reflected in their selection process, which gives preference to teams of founders with a shared history, and their philosophy regarding equity distribution which advocates for even distribution among founding teams as opposed to lopsided splits.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

Explore →

Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

Explore →

Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

Explore →

Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

Explore →

Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

Explore →

Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

Explore →

Grow Your Personal Brand

Explore →

Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Connect with the hottest new startups and innovations from Y Combinator. Get dealflow opportunities from individuals and startups before they hit the mainstream.

Learn More →

Scout Programs in Other Global Startup Hubs


Do you interview founders & startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

Scout founders you interview →

Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

Scout startups you sit next to→

Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

Scout startups at your event →


Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

Scout startups at your university →

All trademarks, logos and brand names are the property of their respective owners. All company, product and service names used in this website are for identification purposes only. Use of these names, trademarks, and brands does not imply endorsement.