Over 250 people attended the YC Lagos Meetup at Paystack HQ. Guests stayed for over five hours to hear eight Nigerian and Ghanaian alum share their stories.

They also made their own videos with advice for founders interested in applying to YC.

Dimeji Sofowora, cofounder of Helium Health, on not being scared to apply.

Femi Kuti, cofounder of Kangpe, shares advice for founders who applied previously to YC, didn’t get in, and are applying again.

Benjamin Ufaruna, cofounder of BuyPower, shares what YC looks for when selecting companies.

Jesse Ghansah, cofounder of OMG Digital, shares the thing that surprised him most about his YC experience.

Shola Akinlade, cofounder of Paystack, shares advice on putting together a strong YC application.

Shola Akinlade, cofounder of Paystack, shares the most common mistakes he sees African founders making in their YC application.

Shola Akinlade, cofounder of Paystack, shares how the Y Combinator experience benefited his company.