These 25 colleges from all over the world produce the most startup founders

  • PitchBook calculated which schools produce the most venture-backed founders. 
  • Stanford came in first, followed by UC-Berkeley and MIT. 
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Pre-pandemic, it was nearly impossible to walk five feet at any Silicon Valley conference without bumping into a Stanford or MIT grad. 

The tech world is flooded with graduates from just a handful of schools — and it can be a major advantage for founders to have access to a huge alumni network. 

To see which schools are prominent in the venture industry, PitchBook calculated which colleges produced the most venture backed-founders. Their list includes companies that raised their first round of funding between 2006 and August 2020. A school’s placement on the list is determined by the number of founders it produced.

Here, in reverse order, are the top 25 schools from the list. 

25. Dartmouth College

  • Entrepreneurs: 438
  • Companies: 400
  • Capital raised: $11.3 billion
  • Tuition: $57,796 
  • Startups founded: Generate Capital, Freenome, Lyra Health 

24. University of Washington

  • Entrepreneurs: 456
  • Companies: 403
  • Capital raised: $8.4 billion
  • Tuition: $38,166 (non-resident), 11,465 (resident) 
  • Startups founded: Cloudera, Gogora, HashiCorp

23. New York University

  • Entrepreneurs: 465
  • Companies: 431
  • Capital raised: $9.2 billion 
  • Tuition: $54,880
  • Startups founded: DoorDash, Future Finance, Hike 

22. University of Waterloo

  • Entrepreneurs: 474
  • Companies: 375
  • Capital raised: $12.9 billion 
  • Tuition: Varies by program 
  • Startups founded: Instacart, Wish, Databricks 

21. Brigham Young University

  • Entrepreneurs: 475
  • Companies: 378
  • Capital raised: $8.2 billion
  • Tuition: $5,790
  • Startups founded: Qualtrics, Health Catalyst, Lendio 

20. Duke University

  • Entrepreneurs: 484
  • Companies: 461
  • Capital raised: $11 billion
  • Tuition: $57,934
  • Startups founded: Radiology Partners, Coinbase, Harry’s 

19. Carnegie Mellon University

  • Entrepreneurs: 506
  • Companies: 447
  • Capital raised: $13.6 billion
  • Tuition: $57,560
  • Startups founded: Affirm, Sea, RigUp

18. University of Southern California

  • Entrepreneurs: 520
  • Companies: 480
  • Capital raised: $17.8 billion
  • Tuition: $59,260
  • Startups founded: Gojek, Instacart, Careem 

17. University of Wisconsin

  • Entrepreneurs: 539
  • Companies: 480
  • Capital raised: $8.8 billion 
  • Tuition: $38,654 (non-resident), $10,766 (resident) 
  • Startups founded: Databricks, Automation Anywhere, Bird Rides  

16. Brown University

  • Entrepreneurs: 542
  • Companies: 496
  • Capital raised: $20.6 billion 
  • Tuition: $59,254
  • Startups founded: Gojek, Chime, CommonBond 

15. Columbia University

  • Entrepreneurs: 546
  • Companies: 510
  • Capital raised: $15.3 billion 
  • Tuition: $58,920
  • Startups founded: Compass (New York), DraftKings, Zymergen 

14. University of California, Los Angeles

  • Entrepreneurs: 588
  • Companies: 554
  • Capital raised: $15 billion 
  • Tuition: $42,993 (non-resident), $13,239 (resident) 
  • Startups founded: Chime, BabyTree, BrightSource Energy

13. Princeton University

  • Entrepreneurs: 593
  • Companies: 560
  • Capital raised: $19.5 billion
  • Tuition: $53,890
  • Startups founded: Quibi, Nubank, Databricks 

12. Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

  • Entrepreneurs: 602
  • Companies: 509
  • Capital raised: $12.4 billion 
  • Tuition: $15,000
  • Startups founded: Better Place, Gusto, BlueVine

11. Yale University

  • Entrepreneurs: 616
  • Companies:560
  • Capital raised:$15.6 billion
  • Tuition: $59,950
  • Startups founded: 23andMe, Convoy, Dataminr

10. University of Illinois

  • Entrepreneurs: 621
  • Companies: 575
  • Capital raised: $16.4 billion 
  • Tuition: $34,338 – $39,432 (non-resident), $16,888 – $21,982 (resident) 
  • Startups founded: GRAIL, Affirm, Generate Capital 

9. University of Texas

  • Entrepreneurs: 749
  • Companies: 686
  • Capital raised: $10.2 billion
  • Tuition: $37,670 – $45,376 (non-resident), $10,582 – $13,260 (resident) 
  • Startups founded: Niantic, Zalora, Acorns

8. Tel Aviv University

  • Entrepreneurs: 807
  • Companies: 673
  • Capital raised: $16.1 billion 
  • Tuition: Varies by program 
  • Startups founded: Generate Capital, Houzz, BlueVine 

7. University of Michigan

  • Entrepreneurs: 835
  • Companies: 760
  • Capital raised: $19.1 billion
  • Tuition: $66,698 (non-residents), $31,484 (residents)
  • Startups founded: Groupon, 23andMe, Carta 

6. Cornell University

  • Entrepreneurs: 888
  • Companies: 824
  • Capital raised: $28.6 billion 
  • Tuition: $58,586
  • Startups founded: Lyft, Compass (New York), Rappi 

5. University of Pennsylvania

  • Entrepreneurs: 1,021
  • Companies: 932
  • Capital raised: $22.6 billion 
  • Tuition: $53,166
  • Startups founded: Snapdeal, Fuze, Wheels Up

4. Harvard University

  • Entrepreneurs: 1,100
  • Companies: 988
  • Capital raised: $41.2 billion
  • Tuition: $49,653
  • Startups founded: Coupang, Affirm, Cloudera

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Entrepreneurs: 1,125
  • Companies: 985
  • Capital raised: $33.4 billion
  • Tuition: $53,450 
  • Startups founded: Oscar, Indigo Agriculture, Toast (Boston)

2. University of California, Berkeley

  • Entrepreneurs: 1,365
  • Companies: 1,225
  • Capital raised: $36.3 billion
  • Tuition: $44,008 (non-resident), $14,254 (resident)
  • Startups founded: DoorDash, GRAIL, Flexport

1. Stanford University

  • Entrepreneurs: 1,448
  • Companies: 1,258
  • Capital raised: $47.8 billion
  • Tuition: $55,473
  • Startups founded: Snap, DoorDash, Robinhood 

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