Forbes Report – America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities (2014)
For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley’s reach has extended across California, as the state’s schools took over half of this year’s top ten spots.
FORBES ranked 50 of the nation’s most entrepreneurial research universities based on their entrepreneurial ratios. They defined this metric as the number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn against the school’s total student body (undergraduate and graduate combined).
Here are the highlights of the top 10 start-up schools on the FORBES list:
1 Stanford University
Its entrepreneurs don’t always wait for degrees. Among its famous dropouts: Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Yahoo’s Jerry Yang and David Filo; and Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel.
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Its student-run $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has led to the creation of more than 130 companies and 2,500 jobs.
3 University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley has three startup incubators on campus, including SkyDeck, a joint effort of the university’s research office and its business and engineering schools.
4 Cornell University
Founded in 2001, the Cornell Entrepreneur Network has organized hundreds of events for about 20,000 alumni, students, staff, parents and friends (read my colleague Natalie Robehmed’s profile on Cornell).
5 University of California, Los Angeles
State school UCLA hosted 4,000 developers in April for the second annual LA Hacks hackathon.
6 California Institute of Technology
Caltech boasts 32 alumni and faculty Nobel laureates despite a total student body of fewer than 2,300 in Pasadena.
7 Brown University
Popular professor Barrett Hazeltine has been teaching entrepreneurship and engineering for about half a century. Former students include the founders of Nantucket Nectars.
8 Princeton University
Summa cum laude grad Jeff Bezos was president of its Students for the Exploration & Development of Space. He donated $15 million to build its neuroscience research center.
9 Pepperdine University
Associated with the Churches of Christ, this private school in California counts among its alums eHarmony founder Neil Clark Warren.
10 Dartmouth College
Dartmouth’s Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) has provided support for over 500 projects and companies since 2001.