Tel Aviv University, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been rated among the 50 universities that trained the most startup entrepreneurs since 2016, according to research by US company PitchBook. Most of the universities rated were from the US.
The study rated various study programs at universities around the world according to the number of entrepreneurs who studies in them and continue on to startups that raised venture capital. The researchers said that the attractiveness of certain study programs and universities led to them being preferred by the same entrepreneurs who later founded startups. They added, however, that the figures could also indicate the institutions preferred by high-tech entrepreneurs.
The ratings were led by Stanford University, Harvard, Berkely, and MIT. In the main rating of the 50 leading degree programs, Tel Aviv University was rated eighth with 640 university graduates who founded 531 companies raising $7.91 billion. Tel Aviv improved one place from its eighth-place finish last year.
Technion was rated in 14th place with 468 graduates who founded 395 startups that raised $7.2 billion. Hebrew University was in 35th place with 304 graduates who founded 268 startups that raised $4.31 billion.
The 10 universities with the BA programs that trained the most entrepreneurs:
Stanford University: 1,178 entrepreneurs who founded 1,015 companies that raised $28.84 billion
University of California at Berkely: 1,137 entrepreneurs who founded 1,012 companies that raised $20.78 billion
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): 941 entrepreneurs who founded 819 companies that raised $21.24 billion
Harvard University: 900 entrepreneurs who founded 799 companies that raised $25.35 billion
University of Pennsylvania: 838 entrepreneurs who founded 757 companies that raised $15.82 billion
Cornell University: 750 entrepreneurs who founded 693 companies that raised $20.1 billion
University of Michigan: 712 entrepreneurs who founded 638 companies that raised $12.07 billion
Tel Aviv University: 640 entrepreneurs who founded 532 companies that raised $7.91 billion
University of Texas: 636 entrepreneurs who founded 582 companies that raised $7.7 billion
University of Illinois: 526 entrepreneurs who founded 484 companies that raised $9.94 billion
In the rating according to the amount of capital raised by companies whose founders came from the university, Tel Aviv University was rated in 21st place, with the leading companies founded by its graduates being Houzz Next Insurance, Trax Image Recognition, BlueVine; and Signifyd.
In the ratings for the leading BA business administration programs in producing startup entrepreneurs, Tel Aviv University was in 13th place with 233 holders of BAs who founded 221 startups that raised $3.78 billion. Tel Aviv University did not appear at all on the list of MBA programs.
The study also rated the leading study programs in training women high-tech entrepreneurs and the leading programs in training entrepreneurs who founded unicorns (companies with values of over $1 billion), but Israeli universities did not appear on these lists at all.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 2, 2018
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