The Top Investors in MBA Startups

by John A. Byrne on

PoetsQuants-300x250-MagazineAd2Need cash for your startup? You could do worse than to start with this list of the major backers of the 100 most successful MBA startups of the past five years.

Many of the world’s leading venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley and in San Francisco have helped to finance MBA entrepreneurs from Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and MIT, among other schools. In fact, 19 of the top 26 investors of business school startups are based in California.

At the top of the list is SV Angel, the San Francisco-based firm run by legendary angel investors Ron Conway and David Lee, who back more than 100 startups a year. SV Angel has put money into a dozen of our top 100 MBA-founded companies.

Several of the players, such as Lerer Ventures in New York, specialize in seed stage investing, funding founders who are in the earliest stages of startup life.

And then there are the celebrity investors in MBA startups who include such well-known players as LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, veteran tech analyst Esther Dyson, and J. Crew Group chief Mickey Drexler.

Investors Location Number of Startups Select Investments
SV Angel San Francisco, CA 12 Locu, Warby Parker, 42Floors
First Round Capital San Francisco, CA 8 Warby Parker, CustomMade, Birchbox
Bessemer Venture Partners Menlo Park, CA 7 Skybox, 42Floors, Hadapt
Founder Collective New York, NY 7 thredUP, 42Floors, Infinio
Felicis Ventures Palo Alto, CA 7 Wildfire, Baby.com.br, Piazza
Red Swan Ventures New York, NY 7 42Floors, Birchbox, EverTrue
New Enterprise Associates Menlo Park, CA 6 CloudFlare, BenchPrep, Zumper
Lerer Ventures New York, NY 6 Warby Parker, Birchbox, BaubleBar
Andreessen Horowitz Menlo Park, CA 6 Okta, Zumper, Science Exchange
Google Ventures Mountain View, CA 5 CustomMade, SignPost, VigLink
Greylock Partners Menlo Park, CA 5 Matchbox, Okta, Viki
Accel Partners Palo Alto, CA 5 Baby.com.br, Birchbox, BaubleBar
Highland Capital Partners Menlo Park, CA 5 Infinio, Rent the Runway, thredUP
Khosla Ventures Menlo Park, CA 5 Okta, Ginger.io, Skybox
Battery Ventures Menlo Park, CA 5 PowerInbox, VividCortex, Streak
David Tisch New York, NY 5 CustomMade, ThinkNear, Blue Apron
Webb Investment Network San Francisco, CA 4 Okta, Relay Rides, Science Exchange,
NextView Ventures Boston, MA 4 CustomMade, thredUP, InsightSquared
Sequoia Capital Menlo Park, CA 4 Piazza, Pocket Gems, Karma Science
FLOODGATE Palo Alto, CA 4 Outbox, Streak, Okta, Matchbox
Menlo Ventures Menlo Park, CA 4 Keanton Row, Warby Parker, Circle
LaunchCapital Cambridge, MA 4 CustomMade, EAT Club, SignPost
TechStars Boulder, CO 4 Ginger.io, ThinkNear, EverTrue
Innovation Endeavors Palo Alto, CA 4 VideoGenie, Identified, Zappedy
Y Combinator Mountain View, CA 4 Shoptiques, Ink, AgileMD
Kapor Capital Oakland, CA 4 Sunglass, Piazza, EAT Club

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