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When It Comes to Producing Female Entrepreneurs, Harvard, Stanford, MIT Lead the Way

But the number of female alums founding companies still lags the number of male company founders, according to a new study.

It’s back-to-school season, so it’s worth asking which top universities offer their female students the best springboard to a powerful position at the top of their own company?

Over the past five years, 40 women with undergraduate degrees from Stanford University have received venture capital funding for companies they founded, more than any other top school, according to data from PitchBook, which provides research to private equity and venture capital firms. Among the companies founded by Stanford alums receiving venture capital funding in recent years is flash-sale style home decor website One Kings Lane, which was founded by Stanford grad Susan Feldman along with Alison Pincus, the wife of Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus. Another Stanford grad, Clara Shih — a former Fortune “40 Under 40” member who also serves on Starbucks’ board — co-founded social media marketing management serviceHearsay Social with former Microsoft engineer Steve Garrity.

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