Accelerator Y Combinator selects Belarusian startup for first time

Accelerator Y Combinator selects Belarusian startup for first time

Co-founder of Storyline Vasili Shinkarenko said on his Facebook page that the project was selected for the winter season of accelerator Y Combinator.

Co-founder and CEO at Storyline Maxim Abramchuk will also be trained in the prestigious accelerator.

Storyline develops an environment for creating "skills" for voice assistants without knowledge of programming. And due to a new phase in the development of the project, the startup is looking for employees.

TechCrunch described the details of the Belarusian project. According to Vasili Shinkarenko, it only takes 5 to 7 minutes to create basic skills. It's very easy to start the development. It is enough to register on the service and select the type of voice app that you want to build. After that, the user will have access to the designer, in which they can describe the logic of the "skill" work without code.

Then the user can check the work of the created app right in the browser, and after that download to the Amazon platform. According to TechCrunch, Storyline was used by two finalists in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids.

Since the launch of Storyline in October 2017, about 3,000 people have signed up for an account and have developed a comparable number of "skills". Around 200 of them can be downloaded in Amazon’s Skill Store.

Storyline is free to use now, but within a week it will offer premium opportunities for a fee. Then, the startup plans to offer templates to accelerate the creation of voice apps and the ability to publish them on other platforms, primarily on Google Home.

Y Combinator is a venture capital fund operating in the format of a business incubator, founded in March 2005 by a group of investors led by entrepreneur Paul Graham. Twice a year the fund selects about a hundred companies and invests in each about $ 120,000 in exchange for 7% equity. The program lasts three months, during which the company helps startup founders create and improve their products, as well as to find investors.