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collegetassleEvery week during the college football season, the Associated Press comes out with an updated list of the top 25 collegiate football teams based on their performance on the field.

Seattle-based Pitchbook just did something similar, but replaced the pigskin with startup funding. The result is a list of the schools with the most alumni that have founded U.S.-based companies and received a first round of VC funding during the past three years.

“The idea is that universities produce outstanding students, who go on to start companies with innovative products or ideas, some of which will be innovative enough to attract the attention of venture capital investors and theoretically generate jobs as the company grows,” the company wrote in a blog post.


Not surprisingly, top Bay Area colleges like Stanford and University of California-Berkeley top the list, with 190 and 160 VC-backed startups, respectively.

Other top schools like University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, MIT and Cornell, along with University of Michigan, University of Texas and Carnegie Mellon made the list. Coming in at No. 10 was Indian Institutes of Technology.

Here’s a year-by-year ranking since 2010:


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