Apply Early for YC W21

by Kat Mañalac8/31/2020

The deadline to apply for YC Winter 2021 is Wednesday, September 23 at 8pm PT.

We created a deadline because deadlines are good motivational mechanisms for finishing tasks. Unsurprisingly, about eighty percent of all YC applications are submitted the week before the deadline.

But we’ve sometimes seen companies not apply to YC because they don’t want to wait until our regular interview cycle (October and November for the Winter 2021 batch) to raise money. What many people don’t know is that YC reviews applications and interviews startups all year round. We just interviewed and accepted three startups last week.

We can’t guarantee anything, but if you’re interested in the possibility of interviewing early, apply early.




  • Kat Mañalac

    Kat is the Managing Outreach Officer at YC. She was Chief of Staff to Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of reddit, before joining YC as its Director of Outreach. Prior to that, Kat was at WIRED Magazine.