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Remember Y Combinator’s Startup School — the free online course for startup founders launched last year? Well, it’s back for the second edition and has brought along some really exciting opportunities for the region’s budding entrepreneurs.

Just like last year, the forthcoming edition of Startup School will once again cling to its primary objective of helping startup founders with the toughest challenges of building a business. Such was the popularity of the Y Combinator initiative last year that more than 13,000 startups from across the world applied to be a part of the program. 2,800 applications were accepted, of which more than 1,500 completed the program. 37 of these entrepreneurs got the chance to participate in Y Combinator’s core acceleration program. To help these emerging startups, Y Combinator volunteered their time and provided insightful guidance and mentorship throughout the program.

The 2018 edition of the Startup School is going to be even bigger and better, promises Y Combinator. The biggest cherry on the cake perhaps will be the equity-free funding worth $10,000 to the 100 best startups to graduate the course.

“Startup School is designed for any startup founder who would like to get help through the earliest, most difficult challenges of starting a company,” said Geoff Ralston, a Partner at Y Combinator. He added: “Founders may choose to join the Startup School community and meet with an advisor on a weekly basis or to follow along with the course by watching the lectures and materials. In both cases, the class is completely free.”