02 September 2017

The online magazine, PitchBook, has produced its latest annual report on universities that produce venture capital backed entrepreneurs.  The order of the rankings is not too different from a conventional research-based ranking of universities. Stanford, whose start-ups include Snap, Solyndra, Guardant Health, Opendoor and Sunrun, is in first place, followed by the University of California Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. All of the top twenty are US institutions, apart from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and two Israeli universities, Tel Aviv University and Technion.

Of the top fifty universities, forty-one are US, five Canadian, three Israeli and one, Trinity College Dublin, European.

The report notes that many of the universities listed in these rankings have access to investment funds such as Stanford’s StartX fund and New York University’s NYU Innovation Fund. In addition, many of them have the advantage of location near Silicon Valley or other venture capital hubs.

The top ten universities are:

  1. Stanford University
  2. University of California Berkeley
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of Pennsylvania
  6. Cornell University
  7. University of Michigan
  8. University of Texas
  9. Tel Aviv University
  10. University of Illinois.

Source:
PitchBook

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