What are the most entrepreneurial schools?

Keegan Beljanski Community and Marketing Intern at FounderDating

July 16th, 2014

In reference to today's blog post >>
Wanted to start a discussion and see what people think.  Is Babson really #1 over Stanford? What do people think about Wesleyan, RPI, Santa Clara on the list over places like University of Waterloo (or other inclusions/exclusions)?
Additionally, does the university system really play a major role in developing an entrepreneur? Especially considering that some of the most notable entrepreneurs ended up dropping out of school early.

Patrick McGuinness VP of Engineering, CTO, Software dev mgr, & Entrepreneur/Founder

July 16th, 2014

I think the whole concept is misplaced. Schools aren't entreprenuerial, PEOPLE are. It's not a surprise that some elite schools that attract smart people score high, but there's a whole lot of self-selection bias there, akin to saying that moving to a rich zip code will increase your income. 

We do need networks to help us succeed, and you need education, but much in the education system is geared towards not being an entrepreneur, but a 'worker/professional drone'. There are exceptions, like the Acton MBA program (in Austin), and some of the things at Stanford and a few other places but let's be clear, the #1 thing that Gates, Dell,  and Zuckerberg did with their college education that got them going was DROP OUT. 
Myself: Johns Hopkins and U of Illinois U-C, recently in a startup whose founder didn't go to college.

Jessica Alter Entrepreneur & Advisor

July 16th, 2014

We actually omitted specialty schools (design, etc.) as its not an apples-to-apples comparison. There are two Design schools that got honorable mentions though.

Scott McIntyre Director@University of Toledo; Chief Architect@Commonwealth;; Chair@Phabriq Development

July 16th, 2014

Insightful topic here, and much appreciated responses...all quite valid. We are often knee-jerked into espousing the stature of MIT and other hi-value, hi-cost, hi-publicity oriented universities, but I love hearing some of these responses that hint at the value of more vocational, less traditional schools. I am currently building out an Entrepreneurship Development track at University of Toledo, which as a leading research institution, especially recognized for Engineering (disclaimer: who I consult to), is a gratifying development in itself. 

Schools may often have progressive educators, but without the administration and budget to support their interest/commitment, they're often left quite frustrated just teaching what should otherwise be practiced while the kids are still students...before they have the burden of debt and the responsibilities of family life etc. So, this is a great topic and again, much appreciated. 

There is much change afoot across the board, but fueling this change at the academic level is a rare opportunity and one I'm not wasting a moment exploiting. Oh, and how fortuitous that Crowdfunding evolved precisely when it did, because that puts so much power in the hands of so many creative, naturally connected students that it's inevitable the impact will be palatable. Our program is designed with collaboration at the heart, so if anyone in academia is interested, please feel free to reach out.

Ben Rosenthal Mac + Sustainability Coach | Communication Strategist

July 16th, 2014

I'm also surprised that California College of the Arts and Presidio School of Management are nowhere to be found. However, noting that the study is weighted based on applications to Founder Dating, I'm not surprised.

Rick Nguyen Cofounder @ Spot Trender

July 16th, 2014

In term of helping with entrepreneurship, school can teach you the basics for entrepreneurial success, like speaking well, writing well, and knowledge required to build prototypes. Those things are prerequisites, but do not make a great entrepreneur.

This is going to  sound cliche but here goes: Great entrepreneurs are forged by fire, blood, sweat, and most importantly, tears. 

Erica Swallow VP Product at Noble Impact

July 16th, 2014

Biased, but I believe MIT should be #1. Great overview of MIT's entrepreneurial impact: