Endla Backed by Y Combinator

Riley O'Donnell and Michael Moore from Endla announcing backing from Y Combinator.

It was only 4 months ago that we received the call from Michael Seibel (Twitch Co-Founder and now Managing Director at Y Combinator) telling us we’d be part of the S21 batch. It was an absolute high.

We had just been accepted into Y Combinator, the most renowned startup accelerator in the world, and has backed companies like Airbnb, Stripe, Dropbox, Coinbase and Reddit, Inc.

HEO Robotics was the only one other Australian company accepted in this batch. The batch was remote, which meant we had to wake up at 2 am Aussie time to take part.

Our time in the S21 batch was hectic. During the program, we heard from many inspirational founders and learnt from the YC partners. We also had many group and 1-on-1 office hours which have helped us accelerate our progress as a company. All of this helped us improve our ability to build something that solves a real problem which people ultimately love, as well as avoid many of the potential ways of failing along the way.

We’re now in a network with some of the best startups in the world who are our peers on the journey to building something people love.

We’re honoured to be part of this community of founders and would like to thank our group partners Michael Seibel, Tim Brady, Calvin French-Owen, and S. Diana Hu for helping us on our journey.

Riley and Michael working together before demo day.
The batch finished with demo day where we share our one-minute pitch. Here, I'm working with Michael just before demo day.

A special thankyou to Yotam Rosenbaum who helped us realize this opportunity.

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