These are the 25 best business schools if you want to start your own company

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NYU Stern School of Business/Facebook

When we think about company founders, especially in the tech industry, there’s the enduring story of the college dropout – Peter Thiel will even fund kids to not go to college.

Yet some foundational knowledge and connections gained in business school can be useful for a founder.

PitchBooktracked business-school graduates over the last 10 years and found which ones were churning out founders and companies, as well as raising capital.

There are plenty of schools concentrated around tech hubs like Silicon Valley, but this list shows it’s not always a requirement.

Here are the top 25 best business schools for entrepreneurs.


25. Pepperdine University

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Facebook/Pepperdine University

Entrepreneur count: 77

Company count: 73

Capital raised: $1.5 billion


24. University of Virginia

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Facebook/UniversityofVirginia

Entrepreneur count: 82

Company count: 77

Capital raised: $768 million


23. Yale University

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Yale University/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 83

Company count: 77

Capital raised: $1 billion


22. University of Oxford

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REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Entrepreneur count: 85

Company count: 66

Capital raised: $472 million


21. Carnegie Mellon University

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Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 86

Company count: 77

Capital raised: $1.4 billion


20. Dartmouth College

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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 87

Company count: 81

Capital raised: $1 billion


19. USC

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USC Marshall School of Business/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 99

Company count: 95

Capital raised: $1.1 billion


18. Cornell University

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Cornell University/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 105

Company count: 103

Capital raised: $1.1 billion


17. Babson College

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Facebook/Babson College Undergraduate Admissions

Entrepreneur count: 125

Company count: 109

Capital raised: $1.4 billion


16. Duke University

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Facebook/Duke.Fuqua

Entrepreneur count: 135

Company count: 131

Capital raised: $1 billion


15. University of Michigan

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Entrepreneur count: 137

Company count: 125

Capital raised: $1.1 billion


14. University of Texas

Entrepreneur count: 146

Company count: 132

Capital raised: $1.3 billion


13. London Business School

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Facebook/London Business School

Entrepreneur count: 182

Company count: 164

Capital raised: $1.3 billion


12. Tel Aviv University

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Shlomi Fish/Flickr

Entrepreneur count: 187

Company count: 178

Capital raised: $2.4 billion


11. New York University

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Facebook/NYU Stern School of Business

Entrepreneur count: 218

Company count: 213

Capital raised: $3 billion


10. UCLA

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Facebook/UCLA

Entrepreneur count: 227

Company count: 212

Capital raised: $2.9 billion


9. UC Berkeley

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Facebook/UC Berkeley

Entrepreneur count: 300

Company count: 272

Capital raised: $4 billion


8. University of Chicago

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Facebook/uchicago

Entrepreneur count: 363

Company count: 330

Capital raised: $4 billion


7. Columbia University

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Columbia University in the City of New York/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 377

Company count: 352

Capital raised: $4.4 million


6. MIT

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Thomson Reuters

Entrepreneur count: 379

Company count: 336

Capital raised: $6.2 billion


5. INSEAD

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Facebook/insead

Entrepreneur count: 393

Company count: 348

Capital raised: $6.2 billion


4. Northwestern University

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Northwestern University/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 409

Company count: 381

Capital raised: $4.7 billion


3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

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University of Pennsylvania/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 577

Company count: 506

Capital raised: $10.6 billion


2. Stanford University

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Saul Bromberger/Stanford Graduate School of Business/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 720

Company count: 636

Capital raised: $14.5 billion


1. Harvard University

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Harvard Business School/Facebook

Entrepreneur count: 1,069

Company count: 961

Capital raised: $22.425 billion