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Y Combinator’s Start Fund lowers investment but raises time spent with VCs
/ November 26, 2012 8:22 am

Photo: Flickr/AMagillStartup accelerator Y Combinator today disclosed a revamp of the Start Fund that lowers the amount of funding but adds “office hours” – more face time for discussions with the esteemed investors.

Companies chosen for the YC VC program will get backed by $20,000 each from Yuri Milner, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst and Maverick Capital. This is down from the previous $150,000 in startup funding, but as before it will be offered as convertible notes with no discount and no valuation cap.

Y Combinator said the lowered investment amount would enable startups to “continue working on ideas that still look like ugly ducklings on Demo Day” while striking a balance between being more than what a successful startup needed and sometimes causing “messy disputes in the unsuccessful ones.”

Related links:

Y Combinator – The YC VC Program

The Next Web – Y Combinator reducing investments to $80K per startup, but including regular office hours from VCs

TechCrunch – Y Combinator’s YC VC Will Replace The Start Fund; Includes Yuri Milner, Andreessen Horowitz But Offers Less Money

Entrepreneur, via CNBC – How Accelerators Help Startups Get Funding

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