Visa difficulties and localized challenges reducing Indian, Southeast Asian participation in Y Combinator

  • YC highlighted a concerning trend of fewer startups from India and Southeast Asia due to visa challenges for founders.
  • These challenges are aggravated by a shift back to in-person events, the U.S. government’s tightened visa scrutiny, and local complexities around startup registration.
  • Rival programs offering localized resources and issues with U.S.-registered Indian companies facing tax repercussions might also influence the trend.
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