99dresses gets into Y Combinator program

Summary:Sydney fashion-swapping marketplace 99dresses has been accepted into the exclusive incubator Y Combinator.

Sydney fashion-swapping marketplace 99dresses has been accepted into the exclusive incubator Y Combinator.

Founder Nikki Durkin and recently appointed technical co-founder Peter Delahunty flew out to the US on Monday afternoon in order to do a 10-minute pitch to win a spot in the three-month-long program, which culminates in a Demo Day in front of the who's who of Silicon Valley venture capital and angel investors.

Several sources confirmed that 99dresses scored a spot in the program, beating out thousands of start-ups that applied for a spot in the bi-annual program.

According to an article in Wired magazine, each team that is accepted receives seed funding of US$11,000 for the group, plus a further US$3000 for each member of the founding team. In exchange, Y Combinator gets a small stake in the start-up, usually 6 or 7 per cent.

Durkin and Delahunty met each other in the Sydney co-working space Fishburners, and she recently told ZDNet Australia that her ambition for the site was to displace eBay as the world's pre-eminent online fashion portal.

The company is poised to join an elite club of Aussies that have graduated from the Y Combinator program, which includes travel experience start-up Adioso, founded by Tom Howard, and Omnioso founder Ryan Junee, whose company was acquired by Google.

There are two intakes of start-ups every year; one from January through March, and one from June through August, and, so far, it has funded a total of 208 companies, including rental marketplace AirBNB, which recently earned a valuation of over US$1billion.

Topics: Start-Ups


Mahesh Sharma earned his pen licence in his homeland, where he covered the technology industry for ZDNet, SMH, Sky Business News, and The Australian--first as an FTE, and later as a freelancer. The latter fueled his passion for startups and empowered a unique perspective on entrepreneurs' passion to solve problems using technology. Armed... Full Bio

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