Apply Privacy Policy

May 2018

This Privacy Policy was last updated May 2018.

This Applications Privacy Policy sets forth Y Combinator’s policy with respect to Personal Data and other information that is included in applications submitted to Y Combinator, and forms a part of Y Combinator’s Privacy Policy located at Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Applications Policy have the meanings set forth in Y Combinator’s Privacy Policy.

Your Applications

Subject to the exceptions described below, if you submit an application to Y Combinator, we will not share the specific contents of your application, other than for the purpose of evaluating your application. When we share your application for such evaluation purposes, we will use reasonable efforts to ensure that those evaluators (whether within or outside of Y Combinator) agree to treat your application confidentially.

We may use your application, and all information or materials included in your application, for any Y Combinator-related purpose. This includes, without limitation:

  • Compiling and publishing aggregated statistics regarding technology, companies, founders, investors, etc.
  • Tracking applicants, founders, investments, companies and application trends.

General Information Included in Your Applications

Due to the large number of applications and related materials that we receive and review, and the similarity of much of the information provided in such applications, we cannot accept responsibility for protecting against misuse or disclosure of any general information, knowledge or other materials (including without limitation any information generally known in your industry) included in or provided with your application. Any such general information or knowledge in applications or related materials you submit to Y Combinator may be used or disclosed by us or any person with whom we share your application for any purpose and in any manner.

Maintenance of Applications

After the application process has ended, we may retain your application and the information contained therein. If you have questions or concerns about your application, please contact


Y Combinator does not knowingly collect Personal Data, or accept applications, from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not submit any Personal Data or applications through the Site.

Changes to this Applications Privacy Policy:

Our application process may change from time to time. As a result, at times it may be necessary for Y Combinator to make changes to this Applications Privacy Policy. Y Combinator reserves the right to update or modify this Applications Privacy Policy at any time and from time to time without prior notice. Please review this policy periodically, and especially before you submit an application. This Applications Privacy Policy was last updated on the date indicated above. Your submission of an application or continued use of the Site after any changes or revisions to this Applications Privacy Policy shall indicate your agreement with the terms of such revised Applications Privacy Policy.