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PitchBook Universities: Top 100 colleges ranked by startup founders

PitchBook’s annual list compares undergraduate and graduate programs by tallying up the number of startup founders among their alumni.

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Great entrepreneurs can come from anywhere, but some universities have a truly exceptional track record of attracting and producing future entrepreneurs.

PitchBook’s annual university rankings compare schools by tallying up the number of alumni entrepreneurs who have raised venture capital in the last decade. The rankings are powered by PitchBook data and are based on an analysis of more than 150,000 VC-backed founders.

The global list is below, broken down by undergraduate, graduate and MBA programs, with filters for school size, location and public or private funding status. For the first time this year, we have published additional lists for European Universities and a Female Founders edition.



The 2023 PitchBook University rankings are based on the total number of founders whose companies received a round of venture funding between Jan. 1, 2013, and Sept. 1, 2023. The analysis is based on PitchBook data for global VC investment as well as the educational information of more than 150,000 founders.

Since companies can have more than one founder, and founders can attend multiple schools, it is possible for the same company or founder to count toward multiple universities.

In the graduate category, founders who have an advanced degree that is not an MBA are counted while those with an MBA are countered towards that MBA category.

Download the XLS version of this year's list.

For any feedback or questions, please contact [email protected].

Correction: This list had been updated to correct HEC Paris' ranking and founder count, which was undercounted due to a data error. (October 4, 2023)

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    Written by Jordan Rubio
    Jordan Rubio is a Seattle-based data visualizations editor at PitchBook. He previously worked at the Houston Chronicle as a data journalist and at the Victoria Advocate as a digital editor. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Rubio graduated from TCU.
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    Written by James Thorne
    James Thorne is a Seattle-based senior editor covering venture capital at PitchBook. He previously reported for GeekWire, Reuters, CNBC and Source Media. A native of Colorado, James graduated from Boston College and received his master’s degree in business journalism from New York University.
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