Investor School


What is Startup Investor School?
Startup Investor School is a free, 4-day course that will teach the basics of early stage startup investing. We'll cover the fundamentals of investing, from mechanics/legal accounting basics to evaluating startups and managing deal flow. Participants can attend the lectures or tune in online.
What are the goals of this program?

Our hope is that more people, from a wide range of backgrounds will consider investing in startups. The two main goals are to:

  1. Give more people access to the information needed to become a good startup investor.
  2. Introduce new investors to the YC community.
Who can participate in the course?
To participate in the course, our only requirement is that participants must meet the criteria for an Accredited Investor according to SEC rules.
What are the requirements to be an Accredited Investor?

An accredited investor, defined by Rule 501 of Regulation D of theSecurities and Exchange Commission (SEC),anyone who

  1. earned income that exceeded $200,000 (or $300,000 together with a spouse) in each of the pri or two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year, OR
  2. has a net worth over $1 million, either alone or together with a spouse (excluding the value of the person’s primary residence).

the income test, the person must satisfy the thresholds for the three years consistently either alone or with a spouse, and cannot, for example, satisfy one year based on individual income and the next two years based on joint income with a spouse. The only exception is if a person is married within this period, in which case the person may satisfy the threshold on the basis of joint income for the years during which the person was married and on the basis of individual income for the other years.

In addition, entities such as banks, partnerships, corporations, nonprofits and trusts may be accredited investors. Of the entities that would be considered accredited investors and depending on your circumstances, the following may be relevant to you:

  • any trust, with total assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to specifically purchase the subject securities, whose purchase is directed by a sophisticated person, or
  • any entity in which all of the equity owners are accredited investors.

More information can be found here:

If I’m not an Accredited Investor but am interested in learning more about angel investing, can I still watch the content and learn?
Yes! All the lecture content will be publicly available after the program is completed.
How many hours should I expect to put into this?
The course is designed to be lightweight and flexible, with busy schedules in mind. There will be 8 hours of content, spread across 4 days.
Will this course be online-only or in-person?
Participants are invited to attend lectures in person at the Y Combinator Mountain View offices. All the content will also be livestreamed and posted online for participants to watch in their own time.the content will also be livestreamed from 10AM - 12PM PST each day, starting Monday, March 5th through Thursday March 8th. If you can’t tune in live, you’re welcome to watch the videos online at your leisure through the course website.the course has concluded, all of the content will be made available to the public.
Who is teaching the course?
The course will be taught by a combination of Y Combinator partners, prominent angel investors, and startup founders.
What are the requirements to complete the course?
The only requirement to complete the course is participation, which in this case, is by watching/attending all the lectures.

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