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Summer Startup Ideas



2 years ago

A startup that lists jobs for students interested in jobs during the summer

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1 year ago

Pitchbook, a media company that covers the venture industry, has released a list of the top Y Combinator companies to watch. It includes several companies from the summer batch, including the following:

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2 years ago

A tool for recruiting for summer internships. The company has a live product and is working on a B2C version.

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2 years ago

A company that builds the “Airbnb for internships”, connecting students with companies looking for summer interns. It’s a platform that allows both internships to be created and offers a marketplace for applications.

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2 years ago

In the summer of 2016, the Y Combinator Summer School launched a $100,000 scholarship for students who attend the program. The scholarship is awarded to graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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2 years ago

A startup that provides a service for people to make a video of themselves and then have it lip-synced in a different video (like in the video of Will Smith in the song “Summertime”)

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2 years ago

Another startup accelerator program, Techstars was originally called TechStars but shortened its name in the summer of 2010.

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2 years ago

A marketing agency for companies that want to engage with their customers in new ways. The startup is currently in Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 batch.

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2 years ago

Out of the 70 companies that were selected to join the program, four companies (and 1 alumni) made it to the final round of the Summer 2014 class.

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2 years ago

A SaaS-based email marketing tool with an emphasis on design. The startup’s founders have raised nearly $500,000 in seed funding, including from Y Combinator, and have been named as YC’s top-ranked summer 2019 company.

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2 years ago

In an effort to identify people who are interested in starting a business, the Y Combinator Summer School offers select entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Y Combinator fellows while also receiving mentorship from Y Combinator partners. Since the school’s launch in 2011, over 400 students from around the world have participated.

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2 years ago

This startup started in the Y Combinator summer 2017 batch and has a goal of “empowering people around the world to express their identities, express their gender, and be accepted for who they are.”

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2 years ago

In the summer of 2016, Y Combinator opened a office in London to focus on Europe. The office is headed by Laura Simpson, who previously worked at eBay, and has joined the Y Combinator London team. Y Combinator London is focused on advising and investing in European startups and is led by Stephen O’Grady, who previously worked at Twitter, Google, and Yahoo.

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8 months ago

The Summer 2018 batch of startups included 15 companies, including:

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2 years ago

A social platform for a new generation of sports fans. The company wants to attract the casual sports fan who never watches their local teams on TV, but enjoys following them online. The startup is currently in YC Summer 2019.

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2 years ago

The summer school is for students interested in learning programming and fundamental knowledge in computer science, with the intent of helping them be successful in college.

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2 years ago

The Y Combinator summer school is a four-week program that teaches computer science fundamentals to top-tier high school students. The program was launched in 2010 by Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A project of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is the largest global network of entrepreneurs, young professionals, and innovators. The network’s purpose is to connect the global network of young professionals with the global community of entrepreneurs. The network was founded by the World Economic Forum and Swiss Re in January 2016, with the first annual Global Shaper Summit taking place in Davos, Switzerland. Over the summer of 2016, the World Economic Forum announced that it would be partnering with the Global Shapers Community to create the World Economic Forum Young Entrepreneur Council, which completed its first meeting in October 2016.

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1 year ago

The company is working on making the Starbucks app more like the Fandango app, and is working on building a social network for moviegoers. It currently has a few contracts, and has raised $6.2 million since it launched in the summer of 2019.

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1 year ago

The Y Combinator Summer 2019 batch had 56 companies, down 8 from the previous batch. This batch was the first to feature more only-female teams than male teams.

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2 years ago

A startup that makes it easy to book flights on Scandinavian airlines. It’s currently a YC summer program.

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1 year ago

A mobile platform that allows people to provide information about local events, or to check-in to events. The company has been in stealth for a year, and was recently accepted into Y Combinator's Summer 2019 class.

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1 year ago

The following is a list of companies in the batch who have been accepted into Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 class.

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1 year ago

Time has released a list of the top Y Combinator companies to watch, including five from the summer batch and seven from the winter batch.

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1 year ago

A startup aiming to save on your electric bills by not having a heavy AC unit in the summer and a heavy heater in the winter. It uses a mix of solar and propane.

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1 year ago

A tool for those who are on the fence about leaving their job to go on the job market, with tools to help them prepare for interviews, work on their resume, and define the kind of job they’re looking for. They are approaching companies and are set to launch the beta version of the product in the summer.

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8 months ago

These are the best of the best of the “good” ideas from YC’s Summer 2019 applications round. These companies hope to launch accelerated programs in the next 4 months.

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1 year ago

In 2014, Y Combinator’s summer program accepted 14 companies, with four eventually being launched as companies. In 2015, Y Combinator saw 20% more applicants than 2014, with the startups 35% more likely to succeed. In 2016, the number of companies accepted has been set at 14 by Y Combinator.

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10 months ago

A hand-woven bag that looks like a pineapple. The startup is building a community of knitters, who will make and sell pineapple-shaped bags to be used as a summer beach bag or a gift for a friend.

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7 months ago

After launching in the summer of 2019, the company has already seen over 20,000 downloads.

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7 months ago

This is an investment platform for young early-stage companies to raise money. Menlo Park-based Platform Capital is investing in 10 startups at a time and is launching a $10 million fund this summer.

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4 months ago

A startup that helps users find someone to take their kids for a ride, whether it’s to school, to a summer camp, or a doctor’s appointment.

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1 year ago

Part of Y Combinator’s revised application process, revised from the one from the summer, includes a video introduction from the founders. Some of the founders have also been blogging about their experiences.

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8 months ago

A three-in-one device meant to simplify the process of creating food on a grill or smoker. The device is meant to serve as a barrel, grill, and smoker all in one. It’s first product, the $1,300 Bambu , is rolling out this summer.

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6 months ago

FeedMe is a food delivery service that uses a mobile app to deliver meals to people who have a disability, helping them cook and eat at home. The startup is currently in Y Combinator's Summer 2017 batch.

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5 months ago

People in the US often travel to Europe to enjoy a summer holiday. But while they’re gone, they miss all the things they usually do back home, like seeing friends and family. So iHome wants to give them the ability to go online and see photos and videos of their friends and family back home who they miss during their trip.

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5 months ago

A platform for small and medium sized business to upload, manage, and distribute all of their marketing materials, from invoices to marketing collateral to employee handouts. The startup launched in the summer with $1.5 million in seed funding from investors including Bumble and Rocket Internet.

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3 months ago

 A startup building a system that allows school districts to manage their student’s summer break. The system would integrate with school districts’ existing timekeeping systems and calendars, so that students can be allotted days off throughout the summer to spend with their families or with internships or jobs.

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4 months ago

Inspired by the need for more and better housing in major cities, e-Housing helps companies host housing options for their employees, creating an “off-site” location for them to meet. It’s set to launch in Boston this summer.

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5 months ago

Startup founders attend the firm’s "Founders’ Clinic", which is a series of one-on-one coaching sessions with founders. The clinic is limited to 20 startups each year and is usually held in New York in the summer. The clinic is currently led by founder of VC firm Y Combinator Paul Graham.

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7 days ago

A company that helps people get the most out of Spotify while they travel. The company is currently in YC’s Summer 2019 batch.

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1 month ago

In 2014, the number of accepted startups from Y Combinator had tripled since launching in the summer of 2010.

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