Abigail Klein Leichman
September 5, 2018

Tel Aviv University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have pride of place in the newly released 2018-2019 edition of PitchBook Universities, a compendium of the 50 universities producing the most VC-backed entrepreneurs between January 2016 and June 2018.

While the list for undergraduate programs was topped by Stanford University, Harvard, UC-Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University ranked No. 8 with 640 graduates who founded 532 companies that raised $7.91 billion.

Technion came in at No. 14, with 468 graduates who founded 395 startups that raised $7.2 billion. Hebrew University was in 35th place with 304 graduates who founded 268 startups that raised $4.31 billion.

Tel Aviv University was the only non-US university in the top 10 for undergraduate programs and the only Israeli university on the companion list of top 25 MBA programs, ranked No. 13; 233 MBA graduates have started 221 companies that raised $3.78. Among these are Houzz; BlueVine, ironSource, Stratoscale and Gigya.

On the list of universities whose MBA graduates founded unicorn companies (valued at $1 billion or more), Tel Aviv University tied for ninth place with China International Business School, UCLA, Pepperdine, Northwestern and Washington.

TAU also rated ninth in the list of 15 undergraduate programs that produced the most serial entrepreneurs (88). In terms of capital raised by graduates, TAU came in 21st place.

A ranking of universities by number of exits accomplished by graduates put TAU in eighth place (118 graduates had 99 exits totaling $7.28b) for undergraduate programs and 11th for MBA programs (39 graduates, 38 exits, $2.88b). Technion came in 11th on the undergraduate exits lists (91 graduates had 75 exits totaling $5.77b).

PitchBook is a financial data and software company with offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

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