Which universities produce the most startup founders?
Stanford, Berkeley are top alma maters for startup founders
The schools at the top of PitchBook Data’s annual ranking of who produced the most venture-backed startup founders are the usual suspects again this year.
Alumni of the undergrad programs at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, launched the most new companies.
But the MBA program at Harvard University once again topped Stanford’s this year.
PitchBook’s rankings come from data that only goes back as far as 2006. So there are some significant alumni founders missing, such as the Stanford-bred founders of Google, PayPal and Palantir Technologies.
But it is an annual reminder of the importance to the ever-evolving Bay Area tech innovation landscape of its top schools.
It remains a chicken-and-egg discussion, though, if you try to determine whether the Bay Area attracts so many entrepreneurial students because of its schools or the rest of the startup ecosystem that’s here.
Funding is a big part of that ecosystem and Stanford is No. 1 in that regard, with its undergrad alumni pulling in nearly $38 billion since 2006. Harvard, which is a long way from the Main Street of venture financing on Silicon Valley’s Sand Hill Road, is No. 2 with nearly $33 billion.
The photo gallery that accompanies this story looks at the top five schools in PitchBook’s ranking.
The full ranking can be found at PitchBook Data’s website by clicking here.