These are the 10 best colleges for women looking to create their own companies — and get them funded

source
Via Wikimedia Commons

Life is not easy for women startup founders.

Studies show that it is likely harder for them to get venture capital funding, and that once they do, they still have to deal with the casual sexism that seems to pervade the tech industry.

But despite that, there is also evidence that their companies succeed – even though they make up only around 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs. Venture heavyweight First Round Capital analyzed its entire portfolio going back a decade and saw that companies with at least one female founder have performed 63% better than all-male teams.

But to get into that “funded” club, it’s helpful to start with the right university network – the kind that has connections to prominent venture capitalists. And there are colleges that are much better at helping women entrepreneurs than others.

PitchBooktracked college graduates over the last five years and found which schools were helping launch women founders and their companies, as well churning out entrepreneurs who actually attracted funding.

The list is similar between the genders, but there are some notable differences. Both Yale and University of Pennsylvania appear to provide greater benefits to women founders than their male counterparts.

Read on for the top 10 colleges for women entrepreneurs.


10. University of Texas

source
The University of Texas at Austin/Facebook

Number of women entrepreneurs: 31

Number of female-founded companies: 31

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $80


9. Cornell

source
Via Wikimedia Commons

Number of women entrepreneurs: 32

Number of female-founded companies: 31

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $226


8. Yale

source
Mara Lavitt/Yale University/Facebook

Number of women entrepreneurs: 34

Number of female-founded companies: 34

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $219


7. University of Michigan

source
Flickr/fordschool

Number of women entrepreneurs: 35

Number of female-founded companies: 29

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $194


6. New York University

source
Flickr/Doc Searls

Number of women entrepreneurs: 39

Number of female-founded companies: 38

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $105


5. MIT

source
Flickr/tschang

Number of women entrepreneurs: 42

Number of female-founded companies: 41

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $251


4. Harvard

source
Via Flickr

Number of women entrepreneurs: 48

Number of female-founded companies: 48

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $528


3. UC Berkeley

source
Elena Zhukova/UC Berkeley/Facebook

Number of women entrepreneurs: 57

Number of female-founded companies: 56

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $235


2. University of Pennsylvania

source
Wikimedia Commons

Number of women entrepreneurs: 62

Number of female-founded companies: 59

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $249


1. Stanford

source
Via Flickr

Number of women entrepreneurs: 70

Number of female-founded companies: 67

Amount of capital raised (in millions): $423