Tuck | Mr. Tech PM
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Tech Impact
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Filling In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Chicago Booth | Mr. Plantain & Salami
GMAT 580, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Ross | Ms. Business Development
GMAT Targetting 740, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Mr. Oil & Gas
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Chicago Booth | Ms. IB Hopeful
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance Strategy
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Wharton | Mr. Market Analyst
GMAT 770, GPA 7.2/10
Harvard | Mr. Banking & Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Ms. Canadian Civil Servant
GRE 332, GPA 3.89
Wharton | Ms. Energy To Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 8.4/10
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
MIT Sloan | Mr. Brazil Consultant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Stanford GSB | Mr. Finance Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.21
Yale | Ms. Social Impact
GMAT 680, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Mr. Military Intelligence
GMAT 700, GPA 3.86

The Top 20 B-Schools for Entrepreneurship

Investment is another key metric in startup success. While many new enterprises abide by the Lean Startup methodology, which calls for bare-bones businesses that adapt to customer feedback, they still need funding, according to Tom Eisenmann, who co-chairs Harvard’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. “The whole premise of lean is once you’ve got validation, you’ve proved you’ve got a business model that works, a customer value proposition that works, then you scale. And for many, if not most, of these businesses, scaling is still expensive,” he says.

As for Harvard’s successful showing on Poets&Quants‘ ranking, Eisenmann ticks off a variety of factors: “It’s courses, it’s the entrepreneurship center, it’s the ecosystem, it’s role models, it’s admissionsit’s a whole bunch of things,” he says. In particular, student entrepreneurs at the school have unparalleled access to funding sources. “It’s pretty straightforward: If you’re working on a business and you can push it far enough while you’re in the MBA program, you’re in a place where you’re rarely more than a phone call or an email away from somebody in several VC firms,” he adds.

Interestingly, Stanford’s startups raised a whopping $980.91 millionnearly twice as much as Harvard’s funding figure. Stanford’s close proximity to Sand Hill Road, a strip saturated with venture capital companies in Menlo Park, CA, no doubt contributes to this sum. The school’s emphasis on interdisciplinary startups certainly helps, too. By grouping MBAs with engineering, education, and computer science students, the B-school cultivates an atmosphere ripe for collaborative businesses.

Consider Skybox. Stanford MBA John Fenwick joined forces with two Stanford aerospace engineers and a master’s student in management science and engineering to found the satellite imaging company. To date, they’ve raised some $91 million.

Even the best B-schools can only go so far. The ultimate success or early demise of a startup depends largely on the MBA founder behind it. But certain schools are certainly better at inspiring entrepreneurs, putting them in touch with eager investors, and guiding them through avoidable pitfalls. Entrepreneurial MBA applicants would do well to consider these 20 schools with a successful track record in startups.

(See next page for our table of the top 20 B-schools for entrepreneurship)