November, 2016

Y Combinator is the best place for startups, regardless of what they're making.

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 in life sciences.

Who Should Apply

A revolution is happening in life sciences. As cost and cycle time continue to decrease for biotech, it's becoming easier for small, entrepreneurial teams to build companies that have the potential to improve human life across the globe.

We want to enable scientists and inventors to bring their work to market.

We've funded companies that cover the whole life sciences spectrum, including data management, synthetic biology, robotics, therapeutics, digital health, diagnostics and medical devices. The examples range from creating personalized cancer treatments to sequencing the microbiome. If you are a biotech or life sciences company, we're interested in talking to you. Contact us

What We Do

Y Combinator provides founders with seed funding, access to a growing community of biotech founders and investors, and a network of experienced partners who support our startups throughout their lifecycle.

During YC's three month cycle, our partners work closely with founders to get their companies in the best shape possible. For some companies that may be an end product, for others a meaningful and ambitious milestone.

We help all companies optimize and scale their processes, connect them to potential customers and help founders figure out how best to communicate the scale and importance of what they're doing to investors.

Each cycle culminates on Demo Day, when all startups in the batch present their work to an invite-only audience of investors and press.


Here are 5 of the biotech/life sciences companies we've funded:

Here are more biotech/life sciences companies we've funded.


"The pace of YC is insane — you are part of a network of fast-growing companies and feed off the energy. Ginkgo is on a dramatically faster pace of growth now thanks to YC. I was amazed how similar the challenges of scaling a startup are whether you are a biotech or a software company. We learned a ton. I'd do it again in a heartbeat." – Jason Kelly, Ginkgo Bioworks

"YC was essential for creating Bikanta's 'dictionary'. During YC, we defined many of the key elements of our company, from what is the core of our technology to the important business milestones to achieve to how to create a resourceful team. The YC experience was critical in shaping what started as empowering technology into what is now a productive and game-changing company." – Ambika Bumb, Bikanta

"Y Combinator changed my life. From the first day, we were inspired by helpful, caring, and brilliant peers and mentors." – Jessica Richman, µBiome