All posts tagged: incubators

What’s It Like To Be A Nonprofit At Y Combinator, Founder Of Zidisha Tells Her Story

Y Combinator (YC), which is often thought of as the most prestigious and sought after tech incubator in the world has started to accept nonprofits into their program. The very first nonprofit to be included in YC was Watsi in 2013. In their latest batch (YC Winter 2014), 7 out of 75 startups are nonprofits. It’s really great to see an incubator that’s responsible for the success of many popular tech companies like Reddit, AirBnB, Dropbox and Optimizely to name a few extend its expertise and resources to help nonprofits. Nonprofit founders attend the same program as  tech entrepreneurs. They have to move to the YC office in Mountain View, California for a period of 3 months to focus completely on building the product. YC also provides initial funding to qualifying nonprofits which is in the form of a donation unlike their for-profit startup funding model which is equity based. YC has just closed their applications for the 2014 Summer batch. If you are keen to apply, keep a watch on their site, they will be opening …

Medical Checkups Are Now An iPhone App Away, Thanks To This TED Fellow

Myshkin Ingawale is a senior TED Fellow and has presented at the TEDGlobal conference twice, both the times unveiling revolutionary medical technologies. At his first TED conference in 2012, Myshkin showcased his invention ToucHb, a low-cost, portable, handheld device that could do a blood test without bleeding to scan for anemia. At TED 2013, Myshkin unveiled a smartphone app called uChek, that could analyse your urine in seconds to check for a range of medical conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infection, liver and kidney problems. Don’t worry you don’t have to pee on your phone for that. The way uChek works is described on their site. I first spotted Myshkin Ingawale at the Social Capital Market (SOCAP) conference in 2011 where he was showcasing his medical device ToucHb. I was enamored by his easy to use technology for detecting anemia, a major medical condition commonly found in women and especially pregnant women which if not treated could be life threatening to both the mother and child. I featured his startup in my post – Five …