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PitchBook: Alumni of Top 10 Universities for VC-Backed Entrepreneurs Attract $33.5B in 2010-2015

October 01, 2015

Undergraduate alumni from the top 10 universities for venture capital-backed (VC-backed) entrepreneurs launched over 3,000 companies that were able to attract $33.5 billion in VC funding from 2010 to 2015, according to the third edition of PitchBook’s Universities Report 2015-2016 Edition. Four public research institutions, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and University of Illinois, finished in the top 10. The authors conclude that public research institutions that ranked among the 50 top VC-backed undergraduate entrepreneurs represent the intersection of emerging or maturing startup ecosystems and academia. In addition to ranking the top 50 universities for VC-backed undergraduate entrepreneurs, PitchBook also ranks the top schools for M.B.A. students and female entrepreneurs in regard to their alumni’s ability to attract VC-backing. With regard to female entrepreneurs, the top 10 is driven mostly by private universities with only UC-Berkeley and the University of Texas cracking the top 10. The data presented in this report was tracked from PitchBook’s VC database of more than 25,000 valuations, 970,000-plus people, and over 78,000 VC-backed companies. Download the report…

higher ed, venture capital