Tel Aviv University (TAU) is the first in the world outside of the United States for the number of unicorns (privately owned startups worth at least $1 billion) established by its alumni, according to a new study from American university Stanford.
The study, which was led by entrepreneurship researcher Prof. Ilya Strebulaev at Stanford Graduate School of Business, examined 1,100 startups that have raised over $1 billion from American VC funds.
“Prof. Strebulaev’s findings prove once again that TAU is Israel’s entrepreneurial university, nurturing more startups, and specifically more unicorns, than any other university in the country,” said Prof. Moshe Zviran, Chief Entrepreneurship & Innovation Officer at TAU.
“We incorporate entrepreneurship into the curriculum – in the classic disciplines like Computer Science, Engineering, and Management, but also in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and the Arts. In fact, most students at TAU can now include an entrepreneurship cluster as an integral part of their studies for a degree, thereby acquiring tools for establishing their own startups, which in the future may become unicorns.”
Tel Aviv University has a strong international reputation for producing entrepreneurs.
In 2022, international capital markets platform Pitchbook ranked the institute 7th in the world and 1st outside the USA for the number of venture-capital-backed startups founded by alumni. California-based tech consultancy Startup Genome also placed TAU among the world’s leading universities and first outside of the US.