US Schools Dominate Top MBA Programs for Entrepreneurship

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june gradsAspiring entrepreneurs take different paths to launch their first startup. Some wait until they near retirement. Some drop out of college hoping to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. Others don't even make it that far. For those who decide to pursue an MBA as a first step, a new study from the Financial Times outlines the top programs for entrepreneurs -- with seven of the top 10 in the United States.


Stanford's Graduate School of Business comes out on top of the list. Forty percent of students from the class of 2011 had started a business with 84 percent still operating at the end of 2014. The U.S. has a stranglehold on the top five -- in fact, all of them come from California or Massachusetts:

  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  2. MIT: Sloan
  3. University of San Diego School of Business Administration
  4. University of Southern California: Marshall
  5. Harvard Business School

The first non-US school was the Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai, China, at number six.

Criteria included the percentage of graduates who created their own company, percentage who raised all or part of their equity via investors (rather than through personal savings or family and friends), percentage still in business and the impact of the school on their ability to start.


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