We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding a small number of interviews for the Summer 2019 batch of YC in New York City on February 23.

This will be the first in a series of interviews we do in cities outside the Bay Area. We’ll start with New York and will soon announce interview dates for other cities including Bangalore this spring and Tel Aviv in the fall.

These will be just like regular YC interviews in every way. There is no difference to the application, what we look for in an application, and our criteria for acceptance. If accepted, you’ll join the YC Summer 2019 batch immediately. The in-person program starts in June, but you’ll get funding and have access to YC partners and resources right away.

The deadline to apply to meet us in NYC is Friday, February 15 at 8pm PST. We’ll let you know if you’re invited to interview by February 20th.

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We’re looking forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, shoot us an email at apply@ycombinator.com. And if you think we should come to your city next, let us know.


Q: Can I apply to meet you in NYC even if I don’t live there?
A: Yes.

Q: Does the the regular YC application deadline still stand?
A: Yes. This deadline is just to meet us in NYC. The normal application deadline is still March 25.

Q: What does it mean if I don’t hear from you by February 20?
A: If you don’t hear from us, it’s because your application is still under review. We’ll consider it for normal interviews in Mountain View and send you our decision by mid-April.

Q. I don’t live in one of these cities or I can’t make this application deadline. Should I still apply by the regular deadline? If I get invited to interviews in Mountain View does YC cover travel expenses?
A. Yes, and yes — as always, YC will reimburse travel expenses for teams that live outside of the Bay Area. You can read more about YC interviews here.

Q: Can I make updates to my application if I don’t get invited to the NYC interview?
A: Yes, you can make updates if you don’t hear from us by February 20th. The regular deadline for Summer 2019 is still March 25 at 8 PM PT.

Q: Do I have to reapply for the NYC interviews if I submitted an application before you announced them?
A: No. We’ll consider any application submitted by February 20th for the NYC interviews.

Q: How do I let you know that my application is for NYC interviews?
A: No need to indicate. Just apply and we’ll let you know. You don’t need to live in NYC.

Q. Are travel expenses covered for the interviews?
A. Yes, travel expenses to NYC will be reimbursed as they are for those in Mountain View.

Q: Are you considering conducting interviews in cities besides NYC?
A: Yes. You can check our blog for updates: http://blog.ycombinator.com