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Top 10 Universities That Produced The Most Venture Capital-Backed Entrepreneurs, 2018 Report

With 1,178 university graduates who founded 1,015 companies that raised $28.84 billion, Stanford University, based in California, is ranked number 1 in the world for producing most successful entrepreneurs, according to a report published by Pitchbook, a research company covering private capital markets.

Stanford is followed by the UC Berkeley, in second place and MIT in third place. Two other universities made the top 5 list: Harvard University came in at 4, while the University of Pennsylvania placed at 5.

Tel Aviv University, ranked 8th worldwide and the only non-U.S. university in the top 10, has produced 640 entrepreneurs and 532 companies since that has raised $7.91 billion in venture capital funding since 2016. Top companies established by Tel Aviv University graduates, according to the amount of capital raised, include Houzz, Signifyd, BlueVine, Trax Image Recognition, and Next Insurance.

These are the top 10 universities that produced the most venture capital-backed entrepreneurs:

  1. Stanford University: 1,178 entrepreneurs who founded 1,015 companies that raised $28.84 billion
  2. The University of California at Berkely: 1,137 entrepreneurs who founded 1,012 companies that raised $20.78 billion
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): 941 entrepreneurs who founded 819 companies that raised $21.24 billion
  4. Harvard University: 900 entrepreneurs who founded 799 companies that raised $25.35 billion
  5. University of Pennsylvania: 838 entrepreneurs who founded 757 companies that raised $15.82 billion
  6. Cornell University: 750 entrepreneurs who founded 693 companies that raised $20.1 billion
  7. University of Michigan: 712 entrepreneurs who founded 638 companies that raised $12.07 billion
  8. Tel Aviv University: 640 entrepreneurs who founded 532 companies that raised $7.91 billion
  9. University of Texas: 636 entrepreneurs who founded 582 companies that raised $7.7 billion
  10. University of Illinois: 526 entrepreneurs who founded 484 companies that raised $9.94 billion

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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