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Revealing the winner of our 2019 VC Founders bracket

College basketball madness is here. And to contribute to your (lack of) productivity over the next two weeks, we’ve put together our own bracket for VC founders.

Note: This post was updated with new results on April 4.

A shining moment for one university is here: It’s time to reveal the winner of our 2019 VC Founders bracket.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a 68-team tournament of our own in the works, where colleges advance not by their prowess on the hardwood but in producing VC-backed entrepreneurs. The data comes from PitchBook’s latest Universities Report, specifically on undergrad programs.

And this year’s winner is...drum roll, please...the University of Michigan.

The Wolverines had 712 entrepreneurs receive venture backing from the start of 2006 to the summer of 2018—when the Universities report was released—with more than $12 billion in capital raised across 638 companies. The entrepreneur count ranks No. 7 among all undergrad programs worldwide.

Some notable companies founded by Michigan alumni include 23andMe (Paul Cusenza), Groupon (Eric Lefkofsky, Brad Keywell), Uptake (Lefkofsky/Keywell), Vir Biotechnology (Larry Corey) and Wheels Up (David Kaufman).

Here are the full results, where we can now reveal the “scores” on how many VC-backed entrepreneurs these programs produced in the timeframe noted above:

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    Written by Joshua Mayers

    Joshua Mayers is a content strategist for PitchBook’s Institutional Research Group. He previously served as managing editor of the PitchBook News team, where he oversaw production of PitchBook’s daily newsletter and website, News & Analysis. Before that, Josh worked nine years in the sports department of The Seattle Times, covering the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer for four-plus seasons.

    Born in Jerusalem, Josh grew up in Bellingham, WA, and studied journalism at the University of Washington. Most of his “free” time is spent chasing after his three young daughters.

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