YC's First Virtual IIT Tour

by Kat Mañalac9/1/2020

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our first series of virtual talks at 7 IITs this fall.

At the events, you’ll meet YC partners and alumni from each of the schools. They’ll talk about how they started their companies, the challenges they faced early on, and they’ll share advice for students who want to start and scale a company one day.

Today, YC has funded over 100 India-based startups who have raised more than $700M in capital. We are proud to have backed Meesho, Razorpay, Cleartax, Groww and many others, when they were in the earliest stages of building their companies. Many of the founders had just an idea or MVP when they applied to YC, and now they are some of the fastest growing companies in the YC portfolio, joining the ranks of YC alumni like Airbnb, Stripe, and Dropbox.

We are incredibly optimistic about the opportunities that are open to founders in India over the next decade. By 2030, India will be one of the most important economies in the world, and the Indian startup founders of today will play a huge role in accelerating the country’s growth and global reach.

The strength of YC has always been its community of founders — and we’re excited to be building YC’s community in India at this time. The YC India community is over 200 founders strong, and it’s growing every batch. We’d love for you to join us — even if you have just an idea and a laptop — and meet our community of global founders who can help you launch and scale the next big Indian companies.

September 4: IIT Roorkee
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet YC Partners Tim Brady and Anu Hariharan, RazorPay (YC W15) founders Harshil Mathur and Shashank Kumar, and FamPay (YC S19) founders Sambhav Jain and Kush Taneja.

September 18: IIT Kharagpur
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet Partners Michael Seibel and Anu Hariharan, and Chutney (YC W20) founder Vivek Nautiyal.

September 25: IIT Kanpur
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet YC Partner Michael Seibel and OkCredit (YC S18) founder Harsh Pokhrana.

October 2: IIT Madras
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet YC Partner Michael Seibel and Jupiter (YC S19) founder Anuraag Nallapati.

October 9: IIT Guwahati
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet YC Partner Michael Seibel, ClearTax (W14) founder Archit Gupta, Mesh (YC S20) Founder Saurabh Nangia and Playment (YC W17) Founder Ajinkya Malasane.

October 16: IIT Bombay
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet YC Partner Michael Seibel and Groww (YC W18) founder Lalit Keshre.

October 23: IIT Delhi
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet YC Partner Michael Seibel and Meesho (YC S16) founder Vidit Aatrey.

October 24: IIT Tour Wrap Up Event
9:30pm – 10:30pm IST
Meet YC Partner Kat Manalac, Khatabook (YC S18) founder Ravish Naresh and SVB’s Managing Director Priya Rajan.

We’ll update this post when the dates for these three schools are announced. If you’d like to be notified when we announce the dates, you can sign up here.

We hope to meet you, and we look forward to seeing you apply to the next YC batch.


  • 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.