The Top Investors in MBA Startups

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.

InvestorsLocationNumber of StartupsSelect Investments
SV AngelSan Francisco, CA12Locu, Warby Parker, 42Floors
First Round CapitalSan Francisco, CA8Warby Parker, CustomMade, Birchbox
Bessemer Venture PartnersMenlo Park, CA7Skybox, 42Floors, Hadapt
Founder CollectiveNew York, NY7thredUP, 42Floors, Infinio
Felicis VenturesPalo Alto, CA7Wildfire,, Piazza
Red Swan VenturesNew York, NY742Floors, Birchbox, EverTrue
New Enterprise AssociatesMenlo Park, CA6CloudFlare, BenchPrep, Zumper
Lerer VenturesNew York, NY6Warby Parker, Birchbox, BaubleBar
Andreessen HorowitzMenlo Park, CA6Okta, Zumper, Science Exchange
Google VenturesMountain View, CA5CustomMade, SignPost, VigLink
Greylock PartnersMenlo Park, CA5Matchbox, Okta, Viki
Accel PartnersPalo Alto,, Birchbox, BaubleBar
Highland Capital PartnersMenlo Park, CA5Infinio, Rent the Runway, thredUP
Khosla VenturesMenlo Park, CA5Okta,, Skybox
Battery VenturesMenlo Park, CA5PowerInbox, VividCortex, Streak
David TischNew York, NY5CustomMade, ThinkNear, Blue Apron
Webb Investment NetworkSan Francisco, CA4Okta, Relay Rides, Science Exchange,
NextView VenturesBoston, MA4CustomMade, thredUP, InsightSquared
Sequoia CapitalMenlo Park, CA4Piazza, Pocket Gems, Karma Science
FLOODGATEPalo Alto, CA4Outbox, Streak, Okta, Matchbox
Menlo VenturesMenlo Park, CA4Keanton Row, Warby Parker, Circle
LaunchCapitalCambridge, MA4CustomMade, EAT Club, SignPost
TechStarsBoulder,, ThinkNear, EverTrue
Innovation EndeavorsPalo Alto, CA4VideoGenie, Identified, Zappedy
Y CombinatorMountain View, CA4Shoptiques, Ink, AgileMD
Kapor CapitalOakland, CA4Sunglass, Piazza, EAT Club