Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Harvard | Mr. London Artist
GMAT 730, GPA First Class Honours (4.0 equivalent)
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Pharma Manager
GMAT 650, GPA 3,2
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61
MIT Sloan | Mr. Tech Enthusiast
GRE 325, GPA 6.61/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Midwest Dreamer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Foster School of Business | Ms. Diamond Dealer
GRE 308, GPA Merit
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Undergraduate GPA
GMAT 720 (Expected), GPA 2.49
Stanford GSB | Ms. Try Something New
GMAT 740, GPA 3.86
Darden | Mr. Military Missile Defense
GRE 317, GPA 3.26
Wharton | Mr. Army Bahasa
GRE 312, GPA 3.57
Harvard | Mr. Consulting To Public Service
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Strategy To Real Estate
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Standard Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2

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)