YC Bio Tour - 2020

by Y Combinator1/16/2020

This year, for the first time, we’ll be visiting universities and institutions to meet founders who are focused on building biotech and healthcare companies.

Since 2014, YC has funded over 250 bio, healthcare, and life science companies, making us one of the largest seed stage bio/healthcare funders in the world. YC partner Jared Friedman and visiting partner Dr. Uri Lopatin will host firesides where they’ll share what they’ve learned working closely with hundreds of bio founders and how they predict the fundraising landscape will change in the next decade.

We’ll also host office hours where founders will have the chance to meet with Jared and Uri directly. If you’re looking for advice on turning your research into a company, have questions about fundraising or about YC, we hope to meet you.

Update: We’re excited to add that all YC Bio Tour attendees are eligible to receive $1k in AWS Activate credits. Credit information will be shared at the event and emailed post-event.

Below is a list of the first schools and programs we’ll be visiting in January and February. The list will be updated and more announcements will be made as locations are added.

Tuesday, Jan 21 – Stanford University – hosted by Stanford Biotech Group
– Time: 6 pm
– Location: Li Ka Shing Center Room 120, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA
Sign up for the fireside

Monday, February 3 – UCSD – hosted by UCSD Office of Innovation and Commercialization
– Time: Fireside and Happy Hour: 5:30pm-7:30pm
– Location: Duane Roth Auditorium – Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
, San Diego, CA
Sign up for the fireside
Sign up for office hours

Wednesday, February 5 – UC Irvine – hosted by UCI Beall Applied Innovation
– Time: 10am-11am
– Location: The Cove at UCI Beall Applied Innovation, 5270 California Avenue #100, Irvine, CA
Sign up for the fireside
Sign up for office hours

Monday, February 10 – Columbia University – hosted by CORE
– Time: 12pm-1pm
– Location: Lerner Hall, room to be announced
Sign up for fireside
Sign up for office hours

Monday, February 10 – Cornell BioVentures eLab
– Time: 6pm
– Location: 1300 York Ave. New York, NY. Room: A250 (second floor)
Sign up for fireside
Sign up for office hours

Tuesday, February 11 – Brigham Digital Innovation Hub
– Time: 5-6:15 PM: YC Fireside Chat – Hale Atrium, Hale Building for Transformative Medicine, 60 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA 02115
– Time: 6:30-8:30 PM: Happy Hour – Puddingstone Tavern, 1592 Tremont St, Boston, MA
Sign up for fireside

Monday, February 24 – UNC Chapel Hill
– Time: 6pm-7pm Fireside – Launch Chapel Hill, 306 West Franklin Street, #suite f, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
– Time: 7pm-9pm Happy Hour – Top of the Hill – 100 E Franklin St #300, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Sign up for fireside and happy hour

Tuesday, February 25 – Duke University
– Time: 12-1pm Fireside – Schiciano Auditorium A, Fitzpatrick Center – 101 Science Drive, Research Dr, Durham, NC
– Time: 6pm-8pm Happy Hour at Gonza Tacos – 604 Fernway Ave, Durham, NC 27701
Sign up for fireside
Sign up for happy hour

If you’d like YC to visit your program, reach out to us at outreach@ycombinator.com.


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