Day two of Y Combinator’s Winter 2022 Demo Day is now behind us, and the TechCrunch team is recovering from watching hundreds of pitches in quick succession. Every Accelerator Demo Day is a marathon, but the US group has worked with more startups over time, making its pitch sessions a veritable deluge of new companies and founders.
Remember that nearly 400 companies showed up at the YC Demo Day out of a cohort of 414 in total. So, TechCrunch took the group from different angles. What follows is our collected coverage of the day, so you can dive into the particular areas that matter most to you.
Yesterday, we took a look at the lot of startups from Africa, which work in fintech, are crypto-focused and compete against each other, and we also followed a list of favorites. Today, we’re looking at AI startups, open source-focused companies, and yes, other favorites.
Recall that Y Combinator changed its standard agreement this year, adding more capital to each company it finances. That means the startups in its latest cohort are likely better funded than ever before. And we are seeing signals that investors are paying more for stocks in the current YC Demo Day lot than in previous years. It’s a rich time to build a fledgling tech company. Let’s learn more about what’s under construction!
TechCrunch’s YC Demo Day Favorites Part 2
Day two is in the books! TechCrunch again spent much of the day watching a parade of startups attending as part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2022 cohort, Demo Day second part. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. But we learned a lot. Reporters Alex Wilhelm, Christine Hall, Mary Ann Azevedo and Devin Coldewey share their favorite startups after day two of YC Demo Day.
Here are TC’s favorite YC Demo Day startups, part 2.
YC Demo Day Winter 2022 AI Startups
Dozens of startups in Y Combinator’s Winter 2022 cohort are doing something that could be described as AI. Although the term has lost much of its meaning, it remains an important part of the technology landscape, and its use and activation provides fertile ground for new ventures.
Here are 14 notable AI startups from the latest YC Demo Day batch.
YC Demo Day Winter 2022 open source companies
The winter 2022 open source founders of Y Combinator have some interesting ideas up their sleeves. And since they are open source, some of these companies will also allow you to join in the fun of collaboration.
Here are all the open source-related companies featured at Demo Day in the Winter 2022 cohort.
Nigeria paves the way for YC Demo Day participation in Africa
TechCrunch has covered more African startups in the past year than any time in our history, and that’s no coincidence. Many of these African companies are Nigerian, which is the most active venture capital scene in Africa in 2021. The rise of the country has been strong enough – it makes sense that Nigeria has the most African representatives in any any Y Combinator lot.
Learn more about why Nigeria is leading the way in this YC Demo Day bundle.
The best logos of the YC Demo Day Winter 2022
Over 400 companies showcased at YC Demo Day Winter 2022; it’s more than 400 logos. Editor Devin Coldewey went through the entire list to name some of the best logos from the winter 2022 batch. There are plenty of solid ones, a few clunkers, and a handful of really the good ones.
In no particular order, here is a list of some of the best YC Demo Day logos for your enjoyment and edification.