Y Combinator, a technology incubator based in Mountain View and Cambridge, is taking applications through Friday, October 17th 10pm PST for its winter 2009 Mountain View incubator cycle. Former AOL and Yahoo! exec (and current Tech Stars participant) Susan Mernit has galvanized a small group of us who are interested in seeing if we can help increase the percentage of women accepted this time around. So:
If you are a woman who is considering applying to Y Combinator for this cycle and you'd like to have some mentoring and support from an experienced executive before you submit your application, there's a small group of women who are interested in working with you. (Yes, I am one of them.)
To get involved with this group and ideally paired with a mentor, send an email with contact information and information about your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org; we'll circulate your information among our team and reach back out to you.
If you are mentored, you will receive an hour or more of coaching with a woman exec who has been through a tech incubator program; has been a tech CEO/co-founder, analyst, or VC; or some combination thereof.
At the last Y Combinator Demo Day I attended, there were 3 women in a room of over 100 people. That just seems a bit low to me, and I have no doubt that it reflects the candidate pool. Let's work constructively to get more bright young women to apply.