Two Big Themes in the Y Combinator W21 Batch of Companies

March 25, 2021

Startups from India

Y Combinator’s latest batch of companies in W21 has 350 startups from 41 countries, based on reporting from TechCrunch:

  • 50% of the firms are based outside of the United States.
  • India is the second-largest demographic represented in the new batch with 43 startups.

“YC going remote has helped make YC more attractive to companies at different stages and far away geographies. For companies in India, founders no longer have to spend three months away from their customers or teams. Covid has also taught us that building a program that is remote and more software based makes YC more accessible to founders around the globe,” the firm said in a statement to TechCrunch.

You can check out the list of companies from India with a brief description here.

There are a lot of edtechs in W21

Remote learning is big business as illustrated in the Y Combinator crop of companies this year. 

Although per Managing director Michael Seibel, this is more a function of the number of companies in a given sector that apply to Y Combinator than a conscious choice by YC to invest in edtech, or so they say.

There are 14 edtechs across the sector.  Check out the list of edtech companies with a brief description here.

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