Jopwell @ Y Combinator

Jopwell, the leading career advancement platform for historically underrepresented ethnic minorities, is partnering with Y Combinator to increase the representation of Black, Latinx, and Native American founders in their Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 cohorts. Learn about the application process below.


About Jopwell:

Jopwell is a career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals. We assist companies with their diversity recruitment, marketing, and retention efforts at scale. Jopwell connects talented applicants with America’s leading companies and fellow members of the Jopwell community, provides education, resources, and advice from leaders in our community via The Well, our digital magazine, and curates opportunities and serve as an individual’s personal referral to ensure his or her application is reviewed.

The Opportunity:

Jopwell's founders Porter and Ryan had the idea for Jopwell and participated in Y Combinator, the nation’s premier startup accelerator program, which allowed them to build our business and secure funding. Jopwell's partnership with Y Combinator aims to increase the representation of Black, Latinx, and Native American founders in their Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 cohorts. 

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we can introduce you to later stage investors—or occasionally even acquirers.

Applications are being accepted for the Winter 2020 cohort, and Jopwell is providing Black, Latinx, and Native American founders with the same opportunity to scale their ideas, while at the same time ensuring Y Combinator has a more diverse cohort of entrepreneurs.

How To Apply:

  1. Click on "Apply" at the top right corner in this window.

  2. Go to Y Combinator's website and complete your application. 

  3. Remember to list "Jopwell" as your referral partner to ensure your application is highlighted. In the application, Y Combinator asks candidates the following questions: "How did you hear about YC?" and "Why did you apply?". Make sure to mention "Jopwell" as your response.

  4. Upon completing your application, return to Jopwell and confirm your application via your personalized "Activity" section. 

Deadline to Apply for Winter 2020 Cohort: September 25


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Alex Gordon