The 25 best business schools if you want to start your own company

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When we think about company founders, especially in the tech industry, there’s the enduring story of the college dropout.

Legendary founders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t be contained by college – let alone grad school. But sometimes the foundational knowledge and connections acquired in business school can be useful for a founder.

And business schools are just much better at helping aspiring entrepreneurs. PitchBook tracked business-school graduates over the last five years and found which ones were churning out founders and companies, as well as raising capital.

Many of the top schools on the list are, unsurprisingly concentrated around hot tech scenes. This includes the more obvious Berkeley and Stanford, as well as other rising hubs like Tel Aviv.

Read on for the 25 best business schools for entrepreneurs.


25. University of Washington

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Entrepreneurs: 40

Companies: 36

Capital Raised: $69 (in millions)


24. Cornell

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Entrepreneurs: 41

Companies: 41

Capital Raised: $215 (in millions)


23. HEC Paris

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Entrepreneurs: 42

Companies: 42

Capital Raised: $275 (in millions)


22. Yale

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Entrepreneurs: 43

Companies: 41

Capital Raised: $185 (in millions)


21. Carnegie Mellon

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Entrepreneurs: 46

Companies: 42

Capital Raised: $729 (in millions)


20. IE Business School (Madrid)

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Entrepreneurs: 47

Companies: 39

Capital Raised: $360 (in millions)


19. USC

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Entrepreneurs: 51

Companies: 50

Capital Raised: $460 (in millions)


18. Dartmouth

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Entrepreneurs: 52

Companies: 48

Capital Raised: $583 (in millions)


17. Babson College

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Entrepreneurs: 67

Companies: 61

Capital Raised: $416 (in millions)


16. Duke University

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Entrepreneurs: 68

Companies: 66

Capital Raised: $266 (in millions)


15. University of Texas

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Entrepreneurs: 71

Companies: 63

Capital Raised: $370 (in millions)


14. University of Michigan

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Entrepreneurs: 78

Companies: 70

Capital Raised: $414 (in millions)


13. Tel Aviv University

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Entrepreneurs: 83

Companies: 80

Capital Raised: $1.112 (in millions)


12. London Business School

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Entrepreneurs: 94

Companies: 84

Capital Raised: $384 (in millions)


11. UCLA

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Entrepreneurs: 118

Companies: 113

Capital Raised: $932 (in millions)


10. NYU

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Entrepreneurs: 120

Companies: 117

Capital Raised: $1.565 (in millions)


9. UC Berkeley

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Entrepreneurs: 141

Companies: 128

Capital Raised: $1.253 (in millions)


8. University of Chicago

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Entrepreneurs: 166

Companies: 151

Capital Raised: $1.520 (in millions)


7. INSEAD

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Entrepreneurs: 185

Companies: 165

Capital Raised: $1.936 (in millions)


6. Columbia

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Entrepreneurs: 186

Companies: 174

Capital Raised: $1.267 (in millions)


5. Northwestern

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Entrepreneurs: 211

Companies: 194

Capital Raised: $2.273 (in millions)


4. MIT

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Entrepreneurs: 219

Companies: 190

Capital Raised: $3.366 (in millions)


3. University of Pennsylvania

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Entrepreneurs: 327

Companies: 285

Capital Raised: $4.084 (in millions)


2. Stanford

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Entrepreneurs: 394

Companies: 341

Capital Raised: $4.077 (in millions)


1. Harvard

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Entrepreneurs: 557

Companies: 497

Capital Raised: $6.746 (in millions)