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Report: Five Israeli Universities Feature among Top Producers of Entrepreneurs

November 2, 2022

by: Ilse Strauss

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Wednesday, 2 November 2022 | PitchBook this week published its annual ratings for the universities that produce the most venture capital-backed entrepreneurs—with no less than five Israeli universities featuring among the top 50 and one within the top 10 for undergraduate programs, the Times of Israel reports.

Tel Aviv University was first among the five Israeli universities, coming in at 7th place, one spot up from the previous four years when it took the 8th spot. The Technion–Israel Institute of Technology placed 15th, followed by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at number 31, the Reichman University at 38 and finally, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ranked 45th.

According to the PitchBook website, “some universities have a truly exceptional track record of producing future entrepreneurs.” And each year, the company that delivers data and research covering mergers and acquisitions, VC and private equity funds tallies up the sum of alumni entrepreneurs who have founded VC-backed companies and crunches the numbers. They then come up with a university ranking of the 100 top-producing schools according to the top 100 undergraduate programs, 100 graduate programs, 50 undergrad programs for female founders and 50 graduate programs for female founders.

The PitchBook data revealed that the undergraduate programs at Tel Aviv University yielded a whopping 814 students who graduated to become founders of 677 companies, generating some US $26.5 billion between January 1, 2012 and October 21, 2022, the Times of Israel reports.

All five of the above Israeli universities also feature in the ranking of graduate programs that churn out entrepreneurs, albeit not in the top 10. Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem also made it onto the list of 50 foremost undergraduate programs for female founders, while the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and the Weizmann Institute joined these two schools on the top 50 graduate programs for female founders.

Posted on November 2, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 2, 2022)

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