These Business Schools Produce the Most Billion-Dollar Startup Founders

When it comes to making what Sage refers to as “unicorns,” one business school is making everyone else look bad. As a recent Fortune article reports:

Founders of the meal delivery service Blue Apron, health insurance startup Oscar, and content delivery network CloudFlare all pursued business degrees at Harvard Business School. Altogether, 23 HBS grads have founded a private company valued at $1 billion or more, according to research by Sage.

With 19 unicorn founders, the Stanford Graduate School of Business comes in second, followed by Wharton, with nine.

It’s important to note, however, that for undergrads, Harvard and Stanford swap places: Stanford’s undergraduate program has produced 51 founders of billion-dollar startups, followed by Harvard with 37.

Below are the top business schools, ranked by how many of their students and alumni went on to found billion-dollar companies.

  • Harvard Business School: 23
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business: 19
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton: 9
  • INSEAD: 5
  • WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management: 5
  • University of Southern California: Marshall: 4
  • University of California at Berkeley: Haas: 3
  • Columbia Business School: 3
  • HEC Paris: 3
  • Indian Institute of Management: Calcutta: 3
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management: 2
  • Brigham Young University: Marriott: 2
  • George Washington University: 2
  • London Business School: 2
  • Northwestern University: Kellogg: 2
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business: 2

Note: Founders are classified based on their highest level of education. (For instance, if they received a Master’s degree at Harvard University and a PhD at Stanford Business School, they would be placed in the latter category.) The list also includes founders who didn’t graduate. For more information, see a breakdown of the research here.

 

MOOCs for Potential Business Majors

As I have said before, MOOCs are a no-brainer for high school students who want to explore their academics interests and possible college majors. And for those of you who have not started exploring your interests outside of school, you should; it is not terribly time-consuming, especially with online options you can access 24/7, and colleges look favorably upon applicants who explore outside of school. These are also applicable to pre-MBA applicants!

The four below are from Coursera, and are available now for sign-up:

Creativity, Innovation, and Change, The Pennsylvania State University

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, Case Western Reserve University

Creating a Startup from an Idea, Israel Institute of Technology

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills, University of Michigan

2016 MBA Admissions Webinars to Watch

This past year, the dream team of former admissions gatekeepers at Fortuna Admissions shared their insights in a series of webinars covering key topics from M7 School Application Strategies to How to Ace Your MBA Interviews. In case you missed any of these, now is a great time to catch up on the wealth of insider information they shared on how to get into a top MBA program.

Here are Fortuna’s 9 recent webinars, and within each recording, you can fast-forward to specific topics that interest you the most:

1.       Countdown to Round 2 & How to Bounce Back from a Round 1 Ding

2.       A Winning Strategy for Round 2 and Rolling Admissions

3.       MBA Application Essay Development – Top Tips from ex Admissions Directors

4.       Creating a Strategic Resume for your MBA Application

5.       A Winning MBA Admissions Strategy for the M7 Schools – with Former HBS, Stanford, and Wharton admissions gatekeepers

6.       How to Build a Winning MBA Application – with Former LBS & INSEAD Admissions Staff

7.       How to Ace your MBA Interviews

8.       The Inside Track to MBA Admissions Success for the M7 Schools – with Former Wharton and Booth admissions gatekeepers

9.       Standing out in an International Applicant Pool – with Former LBS & INSEAD Admissions Staff