Y Combinator comes to Ireland

Successful Silicon Valley accelerator is keeping an eye on Irish software talent as proven by Stripe founders.

Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley accelerator programme known for producing major companies like Stripe, Airbnb, Dropbox, Coinbase and Reddit will visit the University of Limerick, on its Spring 2022 outreach tour.

On March 25th, Y Combinator president Geoff Ralston and Stripe founder Patrick Collison will discuss the myths that exist around starting start-ups, what you should do to start a company, and Patrick’s own founder journey, and experience at Y Combinator. Geoff and Patrick will also spend time answering questions live.

“Immersive Software Engineering seeks to provide a great path for more secondary students – especially girls – into technology”

Stripe was founded in San Francisco 2009 when CEO Patrick Collison was just 22 and his brother John was 19. Prior that the brothers who hail from Nenagh but as teenagers living in Limerick established a start-up in 2007 called Shuppa that later became known as Auctomatic. They sold Auctomatic for $5m when they were just 19 and 17 respectively.

Immersive Software Engineering Programme

The Collison brothers are the driving force behind the new Immersive Software Engineering programme (ISE) at University of Limerick.

The heart of the programme is a new integrated undergraduate and Master’s degree developed in partnership with more than a dozen leading tech companies from Ireland and around the world, including Analog Devices, Stripe, Zalando, Intercom, Shopify, Manna Aero, and many more.

“Software engineers enjoy incredible careers solving some of the world’s most important problems in the fastest growing industries, yet we have nowhere near enough of them,” said Stripe co-founder and president John Collison last year when the ISE programme was revealed.

“Immersive Software Engineering seeks to provide a great path for more secondary students – especially girls – into technology.”

As well as Stripe, some recent Irish alumni of Y Combinator come from start-ups such as Milk Video, Inscribe, Klir, Protex-AI, and Unflow—a steady stream of Irish talent that the accelerator hopes will continue into the future.

The virtual event will take place virtually this Friday, 25 March 25th at 5:30 PM GMT, and attendees can sign up by clicking [here]. Attendees will be eligible for $1,000 in stackable AWS credits and $350 in Developer Support plan credits.

Main image at top: Stripe founders John and Patrick Collison

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.