Y Combinator is hitting the road over the next few weeks and will be visiting six college campuses in both the U.S. and Canada. The goal seems to be to not only look for interesting startups, but also to pass along some knowledge to students eager to pursue a life of entrepreneurship and tech innovation.
Starting on September 19, the firm’s partners and select alumni will be visiting college campuses. Each one will have designated office hours where students can chat one-on-one and get advice or probably even pitch their idea for a startup.
It all begins at the University of Waterloo and continues on to the University of Michigan, Brown University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, and finally wraps up at Carnegie Mellon University. The team will also be returning to its roots, of sorts, with a special two-day visit in Boston — Y Combinator was born in Cambridge, just across the Charles River.
This isn’t the first time that Y Combinator has been on a college campus. In fact, last year president Sam Altman taught a course titled “How to Start a Startup,” bringing in various guest lecturers to impart wisdom and knowledge to the students.
Passing along knowledge beyond its accelerator-like program isn’t new for Y Combinator. It’s always been looking to reach founders no matter their status, with Startup School, the Female Founders conference, and most recently the establishment of a fellowship program.
To get more insights into Y Combinator, read our interviews with Altman and cofounder Jessica Livingston here.