We don’t target specific types of companies for Y Combinator, and we don’t break out our companies into different groups by industry. We help all of our startups make things people want. We’re particularly beneficial to startups making hardware.
Hardware startups arrive at YC having progressed to varying degrees, from little beyond a sketch to shipping thousands of units. We have funded everything from meal replacements through smart watches to fusion. Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘ideal time to do YC’. If you’re a team of smart people working hard to make something world-changing, you should apply.
We help hardware companies quickly create prototypes, test with potential customers, iterate their product, launch in a way that maximizes the likelihood of success, and scale production in response to demand.
Unlike some other programs, we will not perform these tasks for you: we have no staff engineers and own zero factories, because we’ve found that there is simply too much variation in what companies want for a one-size-fits-all solution to work. Instead, we’ve built an ecosystem of partners to support our hardware startups throughout their product development lifecycle (though of course, you’re not obligated to work with any of them). Many offer expedited support and deals to our startups.
We have funded over 100s startups making physical things. From the moment you enter Y Combinator, they become your advisors. Here are more hardware companies we’ve funded.
The following YC companies have products available for preorder:
You can currently purchase these products made by YC companies:
“There’s a new way to create hardware. YC is using years of experience and knowledge about building companies, distribution and marketing to apply those success patterns to building sustainable hardware startups.”– Urska Srsen, Bellabeat
“The YC Hardware listserv is the SWAT team for your hardware startup. It’s the easiest way to get un-stuck when it comes to dealing with vendors, supply chain, regulatory issues, complex technical issues, or even packaging.”– Kyle Vogt, Cruise