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A startup that helps students and other young professionals find other people their age who want to live together

1,912

A startup that sells clothes designed by students of fashion schools

1,440

A startup that helps colleges and high schools provide students with career and technical education.

1,240

Idea: A platform for connecting students with mentors from the world's top universities

511

A network of tutors across the world that get paid per student, with students able to take lessons from anyone.

446

A startup that lists jobs for students interested in jobs during the summer

231

A tool that helps students get internships, and provide a way for companies to find employees.

227

A new, blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer lending platform that is targeting the global student debt crisis. The company is expanding internationally and looking for investors.

122

A startup that provides a platform for students to connect with academic coaches online

102

A digital education platform for low-income students, helping them understand their financial aid eligibility.

101

An educational tool that helps students in the US get certificates from universities around the world. The startup helps students get their credits in real time, with a guarantee that their credits will transfer to the school they’re attending.

97

An online platform that helps students get into college by providing information about scholarships, programs and financial aid.

97

Helps med school students track their performance in school, at their hospital, and on standardized exams.

95

A startup that helps teens take over their parents’ student debt.

95

A text-based messaging platform that serves as a go-to for employees and students to communicate with their employers and schools.

92

A startup for online tutors for students, with a focus on the US market.

91

This startup tries to make student loans more affordable for students by offering a low-risk version of student loans.

91

A company that builds the “Airbnb for internships”, connecting students with companies looking for summer interns. It’s a platform that allows both internships to be created and offers a marketplace for applications.

90

A tool for managing an online student organization. It can be used to invite and manage members, track events, and make payments.

87

In the summer of 2016, the Y Combinator Summer School launched a $100,000 scholarship for students who attend the program. The scholarship is awarded to graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.

87

A company that wants to build an app that helps students learn to code.

87

A “family-friendly” social network for college students.

87

A startup that’s building an end-to-end GPS-based tracking app to help college students stay safe when they’re out on the town. The founders say that they’re already working with a number of colleges on their app, and that it’s been saving students from dangerous situations.

85

A student health-care startup that offers a free student health-insurance plan to individual students, that covers co-pays and deductibles but doesn’t cover in-network hospital visits.

85

A mobile app that connects students with free tutoring.

82

A peer-to-peer lending company that only focuses on college students.

82

A software company that makes it easier to train learning machines. The company is building an “AI-powered note taking” system for students.

82

A tool to help teachers identify students who need extra support, and groups them together so they can receive help and support.

81

A computer science startup that builds simple, cheap, and fast hardware for India’s unconnected. One product, called the Laptop Bridge, is a $35 device meant to plug into an electrical socket and convert it into a computer-like device that can run basic programs and connect to the internet, so that farmers, students, or anyone else can use it.

81

A startup that provides credit to college students based on their predictive ability of their future grades

80

A platform for students to learn about and apply to jobs at some of the country's most powerful companies.

80

A tool for finding student housing.

80

A startup for students that promises discounts on textbooks, access to free online content, study groups, and more.

80

A student loan refinancing startup.

79

A startup for students to buy and sell textbooks through an online marketplace. The startup wants to simplify the process of buying textbooks for students and help them sell back their books when they’re done with them.

79

New startup that aims to take the pain out of student loan payments, using the debt to create scholarships for low-income students.

78

A platform to help college students compare programs and prepare for graduation.

77

A streaming TV app for college students that manages a library of TV shows.

77

A peer-to-peer lending company that focuses on college students. The company says it’s in talks with a few large consumer finance companies and would like to see itself included in student loan refinancing programs. They’re based in Delaware.

77

A team from Stanford University’s Computer Science Department is building an app to help college students study and stay on track. The app is meant to help students learn by learning with others, while also helping the company recruit more students.

77

A software platform for publishing academic papers and hosting conferences, designed for scientists, researchers, and students.

77

A startup that aims to help parents get their kid’s homework done. The company builds a platform for teachers to provide online computing to students via web-based apps.

77

A startup that aims to make a service for college students that helps them find and pay for housing, then pay it off through a loan.

76

A software company designed to make college affordable by allowing students to pay for it with credit.

76

This startup is building a self-learning platform to help teach people the fundamentals of coding. The startup’s founders say that the product they have built is already powering over 20,000 students in 300 schools.

76

A student loans platform, which has 4 million users

76

A student loan refinancing platform that allows borrowers to pay off their debt in a number of different ways, including a lump sum or a fixed payment.

76

This is a platform for students to sign up for courses at their college. The company offers an online service through which students can track their courses and take them at their own pace.

75

A new school for students to learn coding, with a curriculum that mixes online and in-person instruction.

75

A team of medical students who want to make the process of finding a new doctor easier

75

A tool for teachers to visualize and understand the student body

75

A program for students to learn the science behind the environments they work in and work to protect.

74

A startup solving the student loan default crisis by letting borrowers streamline the repayment process.

74

A startup that provides a service where students can get help writing a thesis in exchange for a small review of the thesis once it’s written

73

Allows teachers to create lesson plans for their students, and customize them to their unique needs. The founders are hoping to recruit teachers to be the company’s first customers.

73

This startup is building a platform for college students to manage their finances. It was built for students at a New York university, but the startup is raising a seed round to expand into more campuses.

73

A community that helps students of the University of California and beyond get the finance and career capital they need to start their own business.

72

A tool for managing student debt, allowing users to “raise the rates they pay on student loan or credit card debt by a percent or more”.

72

A software-as-a-service platform that helps people easily manage their credit and student loan accounts. The startup is also building a personal finance dashboard.

72

A startup that helps students and parents collect donations for their college education. The startup, which was founded in September, has raised $35,000 to date.

71

A web-based platform for students to market and sell items they’ve made in their spare time.

71

A student loan refinancing service that’s currently focused on the US.

71

This startup helps students compare a college’s financial aid package to other colleges.

70

A no-cost education platform that helps students learn how to code by watching videos online. Arist wants to help millions of people learn programming.

70

A startup that provides software for college students to help them manage their grades and schoolwork

69

Startup #7 is a marketplace for student housing. The company aims to transform the student housing industry, which is currently dominated by a small number of large corporations.

69

A startup that helps students decide what college to go to, by matching them with data on schools’ average SAT scores, average AP scores, average graduation rates, and more. The company uses algorithms to draw on this data to match applicants to schools.

68

A startup that connects high school students to internships and part-time jobs at startups. It operates in the US, Canada, and the UK, with plans to expand to Australia, the Netherlands, and Germany in the future.

68

A tool to help law students study for exams and employers find top graduates. The startup provides a platform for employers to post jobs and students to apply.

68

A startup that helps students get their transcripts online for free.

67

Online learning platform for high school students.

67

A startup to help students get the most relevant and affordable loans from the US government.

67

A platform that helps lower the barrier for students and schools to create and share their own content.

67

This company builds educational tools for students in the US and Canada.

65

A tool for schools to track their use of interactive whiteboards, with plans to add a student portal to the platform.

65

A tool to help teachers with their lesson plans, giving them the ability to use the app to create lessons and share them with their students.

65

A platform for creating and selling e-books, but targeted at high school students

65

A startup for students and recent graduates to find jobs. The company is targeting recent graduates in the US who lack jobs experience, but are in the midst of college.

65

A startup that helps students of any age who are having difficulty in school to get tutoring

64

A tool to help connect students with secondary education with students in a similar grade at a university. The startup helps with translation and registration, and says it has successfully helped one student find a roommate for her roommate’s apartment.

64

A startup that is building a SaaS platform for young people to find jobs on college campuses. The company is using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help students and employers connect.

64

A platform for selling online courses and subscriptions, allowing students to take online courses for credit and work towards certifications.

64

A text messaging service that uses automated language translation to translate the words of a conversation between two people in real time. It was started in 2012 by a group of PhD students and has raised just under $5 million in funding.

64

Recruiting a new generation of workers for the tech industry by creating an online platform where college students can learn how to code and get jobs.

64

A tool for helping people pay off their student loans. The company has already started paying off over $3 million in loans for people who took out their student loans in the 1990s.

63

A team of PhD students and professors are building a system to allow “mostly science-based” investors to bet on the stock market with a goal of making it accessible to those who are currently excluded from investing.

63

A platform for communications between students and their professors, where students can ask questions and professors can respond.

63

A startup that aims to help college students get answers to their questions about their health. There are an estimated 1.5 million students with health questions and a very limited number of resources to direct them to.

63

A startup that makes it easy for students to make their own online courses, based on the business model of Udemy. It gives them the ability to create their own courses and sell them.

62

A startup that is building a platform to allow high school students to build a career in technology.

62

A student-driven airline that’s been in operation for less than a month. Its founders are trying to get the airline off the ground by asking students to fund the startup, but now they’re asking for $25,000 to accelerate growth.

62

A mobile app for managing student financial aid.

62

A new platform for the next generation of musicians. Musikexplorer has a music school format, where the students get a chance to learn music and play in a band.

62

A platform that helps colleges and universities manage and share course-related data. The company claims to have over 300 clients, and at present has over 10M enrolled students.

61

This startup is building an interactive platform for teachers, parents, and students to communicate and collaborate.

61

A platform for online learning, with tutoring and mentoring services. The startup is behind the new iPad app, which they say “enables teachers and students to practice and learn in real time from each other, with the help of a learning coach.”

61

A financial service for college students. The company is building a lending service for students.

60

This startup is building a student loan calculator for borrowers, to help them understand how much they will need to borrow in order to fund their degree.

60

A platform for students to learn from and connect with one another.

59

A startup that connects high-quality tutors and students Tutors can set their own price

58

A startup to help people choose a college that fits their personality. The app is a resource for students and parents looking for information about schools.

58

A startup that wants to help people unload the debt they've accrued from student loans. They are currently working with 3,000 borrowers in the UK and hope to expand to the US in the next 12 months.

58

An education startup that connects students with tutors and provides tutoring plans that are personalized for each student.

58

A web-based app that helps students in the US organize their academics.

57

Scrubly is a search engine that automatically detects plagiarism in text. The startup’s first product is a plagiarism tool that monitors students’ texts and flags any that could be misappropriated.

57

A tool for data wrangling for the human sciences. It’s designed for students and professors (and not just for those in computer science,) and is looking to build a community around the product.

56

A startup that helps students with their college funding by letting them save for it in a way that’s much easier than applying for a loan.

55

A platform for helping students better understand college loans, with an interactive quiz that helps students create a personalized repayment plan.

55

An online learning platform for students, whose teachers are given a stipend based on student enrollment.

55

A web-based tool meant to help teachers connect with parents of their students. The startup has $1.8 million in funding and a $5 million valuation.

55

A startup for college students looking for blue-collar jobs. The company is currently in its beta stage.

54

A startup that makes it easier for universities to use virtual reality to teach students.

54

A new app that allows users to “virtually” connect with a well-known psychologist. The app was launched in April and is being used by students and their parents to help them better understand their experiences with mental illness.

54

The startup wants to help students study in groups and learn from each other. It’s an app that makes it easy to create a study group.

53

A micro-app that helps teachers (and students) create and share lessons online. Zoono is currently in private beta, and is designed to help you teach, review, and grade lessons more efficiently by providing a single platform.

53

A startup that brings the “higher education experience” to students by connecting them with tutors. Notable alumni include Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.

53

A $100 credit card designed for students who want to pay down debt.

53

Disrupting the $1.6 trillion global student loan market as we know it. According to the company, there are currently more than 200,000 different student loans, but very few of them are offered by the same company.

53

A student loan refinancing startup that helps students pay off their loans before they graduate.

52

Sphere is a new approach to online education based on the idea that online education is too expensive for many students and doesn’t provide high enough quality instruction. Sphere offers a free, high-quality education to anyone in the world.

51

Idea : This company is trying to help foreign students in the US apply for student visas

51

An online marketplace for university students where they can find internship opportunities, research and a community.

51

A startup that helps students who are too busy to do their homework.

51

A way to give teachers the ability to share video lectures with their students.

50

A company that builds smartphone apps for students, giving them access to course materials on the go.

50

A video-sharing platform for high school students to share their work and connect with each other. The company’s goal is to provide a forum for high school students to share their work with each other, inspire each other, and connect with mentors.

50

A program that matches and trains mentors with students in the Bay Area.

49

The summer school is for students interested in learning programming and fundamental knowledge in computer science, with the intent of helping them be successful in college.

49

A “co-living” startup focused on the business side of student housing and aiming to become the Airbnb of college housing

49

A startup that offers a student loan refinancing service specifically for those in the public sector.

48

Pitch: A learning platform for students, with gamification and a “social network” feeling.

48

An on-demand recruiting platform that targets college students who are also looking for jobs and put them in touch with employers.

45

A startup that helps teachers track students’ progress, in a way that can be used to incentivize or sanction students. They had an initial launch at the beginning of October.

45

A tool for students to earn money and help people finance their education.

45

This startup is building a video platform that allows teachers to share lessons with students and get feedback from them.

44

 A digital textbook and learning platform that makes it easy for teachers, students, and parents to create and share digital content.

44

A startup that offers a way for teachers to create custom lesson plans for their students.

43

Student loans can be expensive, and this startup helps borrowers figure out what their rates are for different banks.

43

A mobile app that generates income for the user - a college student who buys cheap phone cases from China and resells them at a profit.

42

A company that helps find and hire doctors in the United States to serve as mentors for American students studying abroad.

42

A platform for students to find study groups

42

A platform for international students to find financial aid.

41

Vela is an online tool that helps teachers organize and track student progress in their courses and subjects, in an effort to improve how teachers teach and students learn.

40

A platform for schools to track attendance and other important student data.

40

A startup that helps companies and students organize their schoolwork, store it, and share it

40

A new startup that helps students learn how to do their own repairs by teaching them the basics of repair.

39

A platform for meal delivery to college students. Currently in a pilot with 40 students.

39

A startup that helps businesses market to high school students, instead of relying on the university market.

38

A company that helps connect users with movers, whether it’s for students moving into a new apartment or for people moving out of an office.

38

The Y Combinator summer school is a four-week program that teaches computer science fundamentals to top-tier high school students. The program was launched in 2010 by Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator.

37

A startup that’s building a “self-service digital environment” for legal firms and law students with a heavy focus on helping them find the right law firm for them.

37

A company that helps teachers teach their students about the impact of their smartphones

37

A Y Combinator company that wants to help students apply for loans and scholarships, helping them create a portfolio of their work.

36

A startup that produces custom, personalized, video profiles of students for online universities to use in marketing and recruiting.

35

A team of young women who are building an artificial intelligence system to help teachers teach students.

35

A tool that helps educators find free, on-demand software for teaching various subjects, and is also a tool to help teachers find free software to use to teach their students.

35

A way for students to learn about the world’s best universities while earning college credits.

35

We will be building a tool that will empower companies looking to start an internship program to make it easier for students to find internships.

34

A startup that helps businesses advertise to college students, as part of a bigger initiative to build a community of college students for businesses.

32

A technology company that helps doctors manage and teach medical students and residents.

32

is a platform for selling used textbooks and keeping college students accountable for their books.

32

A company that provides a micro-insurance product for students to cover important expenses.

32

A company that helps people with student debt consolidate their debts and pay them off, sometimes with a single monthly payment.

32

Byju's helps students set up learning programs and track their progress. The startup has been around for a while, but the recent YC batch saw a big spike in students signing up. Byju's has a $5 monthly subscription.

32

A platform to help students communicate with professors and get feedback

32

A home-sharing platform for students on the move. It allows students to rent out rooms in their homes for short periods.

32

A social network for college students with over 20k students currently enrolled. Its founders are looking to build a student-focused influencer platform that’s optimized for mobile, with a focus on gaming and video content.

32

SaveUp is a one-stop shop for college savings plans in the US, Canada, and the UK. It works to save people money with a tool that automatically sends pre-tax contributions from employer to student's 529. The company has raised $1.5M in funding.

31

A team that’s building a platform to publish and sell educational content for students in the US.

31

A company that helps students get into medical school by matching them with mentors. It takes a student’s application and provides recommendations on which medical school to apply to, based on the student’s chances of getting into medical school.

31

A tool that helps teachers and students create and share lesson plans.

30

A startup that helps schools make more money from their online activities by directing the money that students spend on school supplies and other items to the school.

30

The company is building a tool to help students and families connect with counselors, with the goal of solving the “crisis of crisis counselors.”

30

A tool for teachers to collaborate and review lessons with students, built as a web application.

30

 A free 3D printer for students and educators. The company is also launching a subscription service to provide access to more advanced models and features.

29

A financial literacy app for students. The startup is in the final stages of funding and gearing up to release its product.

29

A platform that helps universities and colleges create personalized online learning programs for students and teachers.

28

A software company that aims to provide a suite of tools to help people avoid missing payments. It handles a lot of the back end for consumer finance companies, including student loans and credit cards.

28

This startup wants to be the Airbnb of after-hours travel for dentists. Dentists can use the service to help students and interns for practice trips, and offer their own services to travelers looking for a dentist while on vacation.

28

A tool that helps university students use social media to share and learn.

28

A tool to ensure that employees or students are taking the right amount of time off, based on company policies.

27

A tool to keep track of financial obligations, such as rent or credit cards or student loans.

26

A computer science student who wanted to help his parents, so he built a website for them to search for and buy used cars, and a mobile app to help them make appointments.

25

You take one of their books, but when you’re done you can download the PDF, which is much easier to read. They also have ebooks that include exercises, so if you’re a student, you can practice your reading over and over again.

24

A tool for non-tech students to learn about programming.

24

A platform that brings medical students and doctors together for consultations via video calls. The company says it has more than a thousand doctors signed on, and that in its first six months it had $300,000 in revenue.

23

A startup platform for students to find tutors, teachers, and other school professionals. It has already been featured on the Showcase Stage of Startup Battlefield.

20

A student loan refinancing company that helps borrowers get out of student debt by consolidating all their loans into one. It aims to make this process as simple as possible by allowing borrowers to make payments via their credit cards.

19

A startup that helps high school students build their own websites. They’re launching in the US in 2019

18

The founder of Code.org, a nonprofit working to make computer science education more accessible, wants to create a foundation to encourage high school students to learn software and programming.

17

A program for graduating students to match them with jobs and internships, pitching itself as an alternative to unpaid internships.

17

A personal financing tool that helps consumers save for retirement, borrow against their homes, refinance student loans, and reduce debt.

17

A video-based learning platform where students can ask questions to their teachers, while the teachers’ answers are displayed as video lessons.

16

A company that helps students pay for tuition with a prepaid debit card, available to any in the US. The startup has built a “pay to school” system that works with any college, university, or trade school. The startup doesn’t operate in Brazil.

15

A more personal way to pay back student loans. The startup helps students manage their debt by putting on an income-based repayment plan. It’s a platform for students to create a customized plan and manage their debt.

13

A financial app for students that helps colleges accept payments directly from a student’s bank account, instead of charging fees or taking checks.

12

A product designed for students and young professionals, where one can send a request for a meeting, and the other can respond with a time and place. The company was founded in March, and is working on a handful of deals in Silicon Valley for the product.

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A startup that pays people to do research on topics they are interested in which is then written up into a paper and sold to students

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This is a startup that builds financial products for the European travel industry, with a focus on the global student market. It offers a student loan re-finance product in the UK, as well as a personal loans product in the UK, Germany, and Ireland.

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A startup that provides tutoring services for students so that they can get better grades and get into better colleges

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A startup that sells clothes designed by students of fashion schools and helps them get exposure and eventually graduate from design school

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A startup that is a marketplace for furniture that is designed by students of architecture school

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A startup that provides a service for students who are starting a business to teach them how to apply to accelerators, which ones are best and what to expect

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Idea: Sofi is a lending program for student loans They say they can get a loan to anyone in 6 minutes, and don’t charge a processing fee The company is currently lending $3,000 loans (via a credit line) to students

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Idea: A more sustainable and affordable apartment building for college students

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Idea: A platform for schools to offer their students free access to the Khan Academy

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Idea: A startup that helps students and recent grads find and apply for jobs The target market is students who are pretty much guaranteed to get a job, but the startup’s ambitions are much larger

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Idea: Mobile App that shows students what colleges are like

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Idea: A job search app for college students and recent grads in the US It takes a gamified approach, with a focus on making the process of finding a job more fun

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Idea: A startup that’s building a tool that lets you share your high school student’s grades and progress with colleges

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Idea: A mobile app trying to solve the ‘rejection’ problem that young students face when applying for jobs and internships A person can apply for jobs via the app and be notified if they’re not qualified, but it’s aimed at helping young people get over the shame of being rejected

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Idea: A startup that wants to teach students music through digital lessons

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Idea: A SaaS for student loans that helps borrowers keep track of their loans and what they’re paying, as well as offers advice.

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Idea: A personal finance management startup for college students. The startup helps students budget their expenses with the intention of graduating debt-free.

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Idea: A startup that’s building a tool for online tutoring, but its focus is on the digital-first approach it’s taking: the startup sees the future of education as a lot more digital, and so it’s building a teaching platform that works with students’ tablets and phones.

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Idea: A music education startup that wants to provide teachers for music students in a Snapchat-like interface.

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Idea: A startup that provides students with an online forum to help each other figure out what career paths they should take.

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Idea: A startup that’s building an app to help students make their resumes more attractive to employers.

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Idea: A startup that helps people who are new to a city find places to live. The startup is targeting international students, new workers and the like, and aims to partner with landlords to make a profit.

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Idea: A startup that is building a system to help schools more easily track student attendance and track student attendance more effectively.

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Idea: A startup for organizing course reading materials, meant to help students read more.

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Idea: A company that builds a mobile app that provides a “visual, interactive experience” for the middle school/high school students to buy and sell items to one another.

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A startup that provides a service to help students prepare for college

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