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Stanford, Berkeley, MIT Top Undergrad Start-Up Ranking

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9 Sept. 2019. Stanford University, University of California in Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology lead the undergraduate programs producing founders of start-up companies in 2019. The rankings are prepared by Pitchbook Data, a financial analytics and data software company in Seattle that also finds Harvard University, Stanford, and University of Pennsylvania produce the most start-up enterprise founders from their MBA programs.

Pitchbook compiles it ranking by tracking the number of start-up company founders graduating from university undergraduate and MBA programs that also received first-round venture funding between January 2006 and August 2019. Based on its analysis, Pitchbook ranks Stanford, UC-Berkeley, MIT, along with Harvard and UPenn as the top five undergraduate institutions for start-ups, each with 1,000 or more founders. Rounding out the top 10 undergraduate producers of start-ups are Cornell University, University of Michigan, Tel Aviv University in Israel, University of Texas, and University of Illinois, each generating more than 500 founders and 500 companies.

Harvard, Stanford, and UPenn lead the MBA programs for producing start-up founders, followed by MIT and Northwestern University. Each of these MBA programs generated about 500 or more founders and companies, although Harvard leads the list by a considerable margin with more than 1,400 founders and 1,300 companies. Completing the top 10 MBA programs for generating entrepreneurs are INSEAD — an international graduate business school with campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi — Columbia University, University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley, and UCLA.

For women starting-up new companies, Stanford, Harvard, UC-Berkeley, UPenn, and Cornell lead the list of undergraduate institutions, with each school producing at least 100 women founders and 100 companies. New York University, MIT, Yale University, Michigan, and Texas rank number 6 to 10 among women undergraduate entrepreneurs. For MBA programs generating women start-up founders, Harvard leads the list with 241 founders and 226 companies, well ahead of Stanford with about 150 founders and companies. UPenn, Columbia, MIT, Northwestern, INSEAD, Chicago, UC-Berkeley, and NYU complete the top 10 MBA programs for women entrepreneurs.

The presence of Tel Aviv University in the top 10 undergraduate institutions for producing start-ups and founders is no fluke. Also ranked number 14 is Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The only other non-U.S. undergraduate institution in the top 25 is University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, ranked number 21. Among the top 25 MBA institutions from outside the U.S. for producing start-up founders are London Business School ranked number 12, Tel Aviv University at number 13, and University of Oxford at number 20.

For producing women entrepreneurs, McGill University in Montreal is the only non-U.S. institution among the top 25, ranked number 17. Among MBA programs, INSEAD leads non-U.S. institutions for generating women start-up founders, ranked number 7, followed by London Business School at number 11, Oxford at number 14, and ESADE Business School in Barcelona at number 23.

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