Graduates of Israeli universities raise $1.6b for start upsAug. 4, 2013
Graduates of Israeli universities have founded start-ups that have raised $1.64 billion, according to the "Minimaxair" technology blog by Max Wolf. He mined the CrunchBase database to find out how many start-ups have been founded by graduates of Israeli universities and their foreign peers. He categorized the start-ups in CunchBase by the university attended by their founders to discover which universities produce the most entrepreneurs: Ivy League universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton; or technology and entrepreneur-oriented universities, such the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, and University of California Berkeley.
Wolf was surprised to discover that Tel Aviv University was ranked 14th worldwide. As for US universities, although Harvard topped the list, it was followed by the above mentioned technology-oriented universities, and only then by other Ivy League institutions.
On the basis of Wolf's findings, Tel Aviv University decided to crunch its own numbers from CrunchBase, and the university reaffirmed that it was 14th worldwide. The Technion Israel Institute of Technology was ranked 26th, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was ranked 55th, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya was ranked 69, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev was ranked 108th.
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