Which universities are producing the largest number of funded-startup founders? According to a TechCrunch analysis of Crunchbase, Stanford leads that particular pack with 225 founders, followed by MIT with 145; University of California, Berkeley and Harvard came in third and fourth, respectively, with just over 100 each.
In order to make the list, a founder’s startup needed to raise seed or venture capital, and that funding needed to come in 2016. Crunchbase also looked at startups (and startup founders) that had raised at least $10 million since 2012, as well as the college backgrounds of startup founders who had managed to raise the most private capital (including Uber and Palantir); those latter breakdowns are available on TechCrunch’s site.
Of course, you don’t need a degree from a prestigious university such as Stanford or MIT in order to launch a startup. Sure, the education and networking opportunities could prove invaluable for whatever you want to do next in tech, but successfully beginning a company depends just as much (if not more) on grit, luck, and a great idea.
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