Imagine K12 is the education vertical
within Y Combinator.
Education technology companies backed by Y Combinator will fully participate in the Y Combinator program. Additionally, these edtech companies will have receive Imagine K12's education-specific programming and resources.
Startups meet with the Imagine K12 team in one-on-one meetings
and connect with educators on our Advisory Board
and broader Educator Network.
Office Hours: The Imagine K12 team meets with each startup weekly to discuss whatever needs discussing at that time: business strategy, product design, technical advice, recruiting advice, and so on. The meetings will vary in length from ten-minute check-ins to hour-long product walkthroughs. If we don't know how to help you on a certain issue, chances are we can introduce you to someone who does.
Advisory Board: Imagine K12 companies receive additional feedback and mentorship from our advisory board made up of thought leaders from public, charter, and independent schools around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Educator Network: We have built up a network of hundreds of educators, including classroom teachers and administrators at all levels, who work with Imagine K12 startups as beta testers, early adopters, and tech evangelists. We also have relationships with innovative local schools that open their doors to Imagine K12 entrepreneurs.
Educator Day: About one month into the program, we host an event for educators in our network where each team presents its product on-stage and then offers one-on-one demos. The goal of Educator Day is to match startup companies with the educators who are most excited about getting involved as alpha testers, early adopters, or informal advisors. Getting product feedback from educators early and often is a critical component of building a successful edtech business.
If you are an educator who is interested in joining our network, please let us know.
Imagine K12 supports a highly engaged network of alumni
as they continue to scale their businesses.
Following Demo Day, and for as long as the founders are building their companies, we continue to meet with founders as needed while they work on raising capital, building their teams, and growing their businesses. Alums are invited to attend all seminars and dinners planned for subsequent cohorts, and the Imagine K12 team holds office hours for alums throughout the year. Naturally, the Imagine K12 networks of companies, mentors, founders, and educators are always available to Imagine K12 companies.
One of the most important advantages Imagine K12 offers is an alumni network of edtech entrepreneurs. We currently have a network of almost 200 founders who act as resources for one another. Looking for advice on networking with superintendents, calculating your TAM, or whether that edtech conference is worth the trip? Ask the people who’ve been through it before.
New companies connect with alums through:
Perks: All Imagine K12 startups receive special perks that we have specifically negotiated with different service providers, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform for Startups, Mixpanel, Intercom, and more.
Imagine K12 Manuals: Folks at Imagine K12 have written down some of the key things founders need to know to be successful. This collection of material is available on our Manuals page.
Check out our FAQ.