Stanford, Harvard Lead US Dominance for VC-backed Entrepreneurs

oct standford 1Every ranking of colleges and universities has its own formula for determining which ones are "more entrepreneurial" but they all tend to look fairly similar -- and U.S. heavy. Pitchbook, a data provider and research firm focused on private equity and venture capital, recently released its 2015-16 Universities Report and American schools lead the way again. 

In this ranking, Pitchbook outlines the top universities around the world -- 50 undergraduate and 25 MBA programs -- producing venture capital-backed entrepreneurs. 

For the undergrad list, nine of the top ten are U.S. universities. Boasting companies like Snapchat and Mereo BioPharma,  Stanford tops the list with 561 entrepreneurs, 472 companies and  $5.9 billion raised. It is followed by UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, University of Michigan, University of Texas, Tel Aviv University (Israel) and the University of Illinois. 

The MBA list carries just as heavy a U.S. lean where GrabTaxi and Oscar Health Insurance helped propel Harvard past Stanford with 557 entrepreneurs, 497 companies and $6.7 billion raised. Following those two schools are University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Northwestern University, Columbia, INSEAD (France), University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and New York University. 

The report tracks numbers from the start of 2010 through the end of July 2015, drawing from Pitchbook's database of 25,000+ valuations, 970,000+ people and 78,000+ VC-backed companies.

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