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McCombs, UT Austin Hit High Ranks for Producing VC-Backed Entrepreneurs

McCombs 2017 VC Entrepreneurs Ranking by PitchBook

The nation's top company founders include undergraduate, MBA, and female alumni from The University of Texas at Austin.

The McCombs School of Business and UT Austin produce among the largest number of entrepreneurs backed by venture capital in the nation, according to the latest PitchBook ranking. PitchBook, a leading private equity and venture capital research firm, tracked founders of companies that received a first round of venture funding between January 1, 2006, and August 18, 2017.

Top Undergraduate Programs: Texas No. 8 Worldwide

UT ranks eighth globally among universities with the greatest number of undergraduate degree-holding company founders, according to PitchBook's 2017 Universities Report.

UT produced 600 undergrad entrepreneurs launching 551 companies during the period analyzed. Companies with the highest amount of capital raised include Casper, Zalora, Apollo Endosurgery, Jounce Therapeutics, and Hotel Tonight.

Top Undergraduate Programs: Texas No. 8 Worldwide




Top MBA Programs: No. 11 in the U.S.

Among business schools that yield founders with MBA degrees, McCombs landed at No. 11 among U.S. schools and No. 14 worldwide.

PitchBook credited McCombs with 164 entrepreneurs heading 145 companies over the past decade. Venture capital big hitters include Spredfast, AirStrip, Carrick Therapeutics, Xenex Disinfection Services, and Datameer.

Top MBA Programs: No. 11 in the U.S.



Top Female Founders: Texas No. 12 Undergrad, MBA No. 16 Worldwide

Broken down by gender, UT came in No. 12 globally for greatest number of female founders and tied for No. 16 among female MBA alumnae founders.

PitchBook used to publish top 10 rankings based on short (nine-month) timeframes. Over the past several years, these have transformed into in-depth breakdowns of founders and the schools producing them.

Kyle Stanford, an analyst at PitchBook, notes that top-ranked schools have elite engineering and computer science programs, cultivate robust networks between students and alumni, and are located within shouting distance of major VC hubs.

Stanford says that knowing where founders earned their degrees helps to understand the venture ecosystem as a whole. "There is likely a large correlation between the number of founders a school produces with the overall deal value and company count figures of the region," he says.

Top Female Founders: Texas No. 12 Undergrad, MBA No. 16 Worldwide

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