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Revealing the winner of our 2019 VC Founders bracket

March 20, 2019 View comment (1)
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:
Revealing the winner of our 2019 VC Founders bracket

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