Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3

Biggest Investors In Top MBA Startups

Last year was another record-setting year for venture capital investments, the second in three years. According to Pitchbook data, nearly $150 billion was pumped into ventures globally in 2017, topping 2015’s $142.8 billion. As of last October, eight ventures had received investments of at least $500 million in 2017. To be sure, many of those ventures have MBAs at the helm. One of the eight to receive at least $500 million was SoFi, which was founded by a team from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. As part of our annual Poets&Quants Top 100 MBA Startups, we track the venture capital firms investing in the most MBA-founded companies to make the list. This year, Palo Alto, California-based and Stanford-focused nonprofit StartX had the most investments in companies on the list.

StartX, which also runs an accelerator for Stanford students and alums, invested in seven startups on the list, including Branch Metrics, Booster Fuels, and ClearMetal. After StartX was a four-way tie. New York City-based BoxGroup, New Enterprise Associates, SV Angel, and The Graduate Syndicate all invested in six MBA startups. Similar to StartX’s approach, The Graduate Syndicate is a Harvard-focused investment firm run by Jeff Bussgang, a senior lecturer in the Entrepreneurship Management Unit at Harvard Business School. This year, Stanford’s GSB had 27 startups on the list and Harvard Business School had 26.

Geographically, no other region had more venture capital firms on this year’s list than the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes Silicon Valley. Of the 20 VC firms that invested in at least four startups among our Top100, a dozen are headquartered in the Bay Area. Three others are based in New York City and another two are in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

TOTAL INVESTMENTS RAISED BY MBA-FOUNDED STARTUPS ON THREE-YEAR DECLINE

While the investment dollars remain frothy, the number of deals being made globally are dropping dramatically. After peaking in 2015 at about 19,000 deals, the amount of deals in 2017 was expected to be less than 12,000. VC firms raising funds also took a hit last year, according to Pitchbook data. After a 10-year peak of a little more than 420 funds raised in 2016, the number was predicted to be less than 300 last year. According to our gathered data, MBA-founded ventures might also be feeling the pinch. When we first created the ranking in 2013, the 100 freshly minted companies on the list had raised just under $2 billion. The combined total surged to $4.9 billion in 2015 and peaked at $5.2 billion in 2016. Last year, the number plummeted to $2.9 billion and sunk even lower this year to just under $2.5 billion.

With Farmers Business Network topping our list of Top 100 MBA Startups with $193.9 million in backing, it was also the lowest funding raised for the number one spot ever. Last year, Wharton-founded Deliveroo topped the list at $474.59 million and received a $275 million Series E round last April. In 2016, SoFi topped the list with $1.365 billion. The year before, Skybox Imaging finished on top with $500 million in funding.

One possible reason for the low numbers this year could be the maturity of companies on the list. This year, there were no ventures with Series E rounds. The largest round gathered was a $125 million funding round for Kacific, a Chicago Booth-founded venture. Farmers Business Network had the second highest with a $110 million Series D. There were only five Series D rounds raised and the majority were Series A and seed Rounds.

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POETS&QUANTS TOP MBA STARTUPS OF 2018

TOP B-SCHOOLS FOR VC-BACKED STARTUPS