13 September 2019

PitchBook is a software and data company that provides information about public and private capital. It produces rankings of universities whose graduates have founded companies and obtained venture capital between 2006 and August 2019. It is therefore a measure of the ability of universities to incubate entrepreneurial talent.The top undergraduate programme is Stanford with 1,288 founders and 1,114 companies including Snap, DoorDash, Opendoor, Robinhood and Solyndra. The top MBA programme is Harvard. Stanford and Harvard are also thetop universities for female founders.

The rankings are dominated by American schools although there are three Israeli and three Canadian universities in the top 50 undergraduate programmes and INSEAD, London Business School, and Tel Aviv University are in the top 25 business school programmes.

The top five undergraduate programmes are:

  1. Stanford University
  2. University California Berkeley
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of Pennsylvania.

The top five MBA programmes are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. MIT
  5. Northwestern University.


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