9 Nigerian startups fly to San Fransisco for Y Combinator’s batch of interviews

by | Nov 5, 2016

Editor’s note: This article has been updated and the names of the startups extracted. We wish them the best in the upcoming interviews.

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Barely a month after Y Combinator’s trip to Nigeria in search of startups that are worthy of investment, nine Nigerian startups have been called up for an in-person interview with the Silicon Valley accelerator in San Francisco, United States.

The said interview, which will take place between 7th — 10th of November, will see the nine startups pitch to get a chance to join the winter 2017 batch of Y Combinator’s flagship program.

The criteria for selecting the said startups remains unclear, but it is evident that Y Combinator often go in search of startups whose product are market fit and whose founders have what it takes to execute in their respective niche market. The startups were selected from verticals that include delivery logistics, energy, commerce, food and health.

The Y Combinator interviews are only 10 minutes long in order to give as many startups a shot at entering Y Combinator’s flagship program. Based on the length of the interview, the only two things done are: asking of questions and looking at what the founders have built so far.

Startups that eventually go ahead to receive funding from Y Combinator will move to Silicon Valley for a period of 3 months. During this period, Y Combinator will work intensively with these startups to help get the company into the best possible shape.

The Startups that will make it pass the interview stage will be joining the likes of Paystack, who have also benefitted from Y Combinator’s program. To the nine startups heading out today we say good luck and ‘may the force be with you’.

Ifeanyi is a desk reporter-turned administrator. Outside of work, I love to read and travel.

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