Female Founders

Read and watch the founding stories of some of Y Combinator’s female alumni. Learn about things like how they got started, their experience at Y Combinator, their experience as female founders, and what they wish they’d known when they were younger. As you’ll see, their experiences are fascinating, both individually and in their variety.


Partnering with CodePath and ColorStack to support future technical founders

YC was founded around the idea that technologists should be at the center of tech innovation. It seems obvious today, but it wasn’t always that way. We believe…

Future Founders Conference for Women Globally

On November 18, we are hosting our first Future Founders Conference for women who aspire to become a startup founder. The event will be online, and whether you are curious about launching your own startup or are in the early stages of building one, you’ll walk away with the knowledge to define your own path.

The YC Directory

We recently launched the YC Directory. The directory lists 2,000+ publicly launched YC companies and makes it simple to filter by batch, industry, status, region, and company size.…

Female Founders Office Hours and Happy Hour – July 26

We’re hosting group office hours and a happy hour for female founders on July 26 at the YC office in Mountain View, California.

If you’re in the early stages of building a company we’d love to meet you — anyone from idea stage through Series A is welcome to join.

Leap Spins Out of YC

In 2017, Cadran Cowansage, a software engineer at YC, started building Leap, an online community for women in tech. Today, Cadran and her two co-founders, Abadesi Osunsade and Kuan Luo, are spinning Leap (now Elpha) out of Y Combinator and launching as an independent company.

Elpha AMA with Cat Lee, Angel Investor and Former Head of Culture at Pinterest

Elpha is an online community for women that is built by and for women. We’re kicking off this 6-part AMA series with Cat Lee: Angel Investor & Startup Coach. Former Head of Culture, Partner Marketing and Growth at Pinterest.

Female Founders Conference in Silicon Valley on September 15

Our 3rd Female Founders Conference (FFC) of 2018 is on September 15 in Silicon Valley. This year, for the 5th anniversary of the conference, we decided to host three conferences throughout the U.S., and our final stop will be at YC’s office in Mountain View.

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