Since 2013, graduate business education resource Poets&Quants has ranked the start-ups to come out of business schools by the amount of venture capital-backed funding. The annual list of top MBA start-ups includes 100 companies founded between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2016, that have at least one founder who graduated with an MBA in that same time frame.
Two schools dominate: Harvard Business School and Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Each has alumni running 24 venture-funded start-ups.
And while Harvard and Stanford boast alumni at nearly half the start-ups on the list, in 2015, the two heavyweights dominated the list even more conclusively, with 71 start-ups between them.
According to Poets&Quants data, here are 2017's top business schools for aspiring entrepreneurs:
1. Harvard Business School: 24 companies
2. Stanford Graduate School of Business: 24 companies
3. The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School: 12 companies
4. Columbia Business School: 11 companies
5. Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management: 8 companies
6. MIT Sloan School of Management: 6 companies
7. NYU Stern School of Business: 5 companies
8. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business: 4 companies
9. UCLA Anderson School of Management: 3 companies
10. University of Texas Austin McCombs: 2 companies
11. The University of Virginia Darden School of Business: 2 companies
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