15 US Universities That Are Going To Be The Next Gen Startup Garages

15 US Universities That Are Going To Be The Next Gen Startup Garages

15 US Universities That Are Going To Be The Next Gen Startup Garages

I strongly believe that Entrepreneurship can be learnt inside the gates of a university. Entrepreneurs are often termed as self-taught, self-made humans who just need a suitable environment to quickly adapt and evolve. Entrepreneurship cannot be successfully developed only by the setting up of venture capital funds, incubators or accelerators. I believe people should be nurtured to step up the plate and show me a better place than a university to start with ?  The last generation belonged to college drop outs, and who wouldn’t want to hear the next generation belongs to student entrepreneurs. It’s high time that universities take a step forward and think about Job creation more than Jobs, Placements, Exams, GRE, GATE blah blah . 

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Here is a list of some of the universities which offer some of the best entrepreneurship programs.

1. Harvard University  


Entrepreneurship Center  :  Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship

Notable Alumni : Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna (founders, Birchbox), Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss (founders, Rent the Runway), Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Salman Khan (founder,Khan Academy), Scott McNealy (co-founder, Sun Microsystems), Mark Pincus (co-founder,Zynga) and Ron Shaich, (co-founder, Panera Bread

2. Stanford University 


Entrepreneurship center: Stanford Graduate School of Business Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Notable alumni: Brian Acton (co-founder, WhatsApp), Rich Barton (founder, Expedia.com and founder, Zillow.com), Sergey Brin (co-founder, Google), Joe Coulombe (founder, Trader Joe’s), Reed Hastings (founder, Netflix), Reid Hoffman (founder, LinkedIn), William Hewlett and David Packard (founders, Hewlett Packard), Jawed Karim (co-founder, YouTube), Kevin Systrom (co-founder, Instagram) and Tim Westergren (co-founder, Pandora)

3. Babson College 


Entrepreneurship center: Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Notable alumni: Michael Bastian (founder, Michael Bastian), Arthur Blank (co-founder, Home Depot), Bob Davis (founder, Lycos Inc.) and Alberto Perlman (co-founder, Zumba)

4. Brigham Young University



Entrepreneurship center: Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

Notable alumni: Dave Bateman and Ben Zimmer (founders, Property Solutions International) and Jonathan C. Coon (co-founder, 1-800 Contacts)

5. University Of California, Berkeley  



Entrepreneurship center: Lester Center for Entrepreneurship

Notable alumni: Gordon Moore (co-founder, Intel), Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell (founders, Indiegogo), Marc Tarpenning (co-founder, Tesla Motors) and Steve Wozniak (co-founder, Apple)

6. University Of Chicago

University Of Chicago

Entrepreneurship center: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Notable alumni: Bryan Johnson (founder, Braintree) and Matt Maloney (co-founder, GrubHub)

7. University Of Houston


Entrepreneurship center: Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship 

Notable alumni: Rod Canion (co-founder, Compaq Computer Corporation) and John Moores (co-founder, BMC Softwares

8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 


Entrepreneurship center: The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Notable alumni: Colin Angle and Helen Grenier (founders, iRobot), Amar Bose (founder, Bose Corporation), Robin Chase (co-founder, ZipCar), Tom Leighton and Danny Lewin (co-founders,Akamai Technologies), Jonah Peretti (co-founder, The Huffington Post and founder, BuzzFeed) and William Porter (co-founder, Etrade)

9. University Of Michigan  


Entrepreneurship center: Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studiesand College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship 

Notable alumni: David Barger (co-founder, JetBlue Airways), Bharat Desai (founder, Syntel), Brad Keywell (co-founder, Groupon), Jerry Murrell (founder, Five Guys Burgers and Fries), Larry Page (co-founder, Google) and Robert Shaye (co-founder, New Line Cinema)

10. University Of North Carolina 

UNC campus

Entrepreneurship center: Kenan-Flagler Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Notable alumni: Ryan Allis (co-founder, iContact) and Jason Kilar (founder, Hulu)

11. University of Pennsylvania 


Entrepreneurship center: Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center

Notable alumni: Neil Blumenthal, David Gilboa, Andrew Hunt, Jeffrey Raider (founders, Warby Parker), Leonard Bosack (co-founder, Cisco Systems), Josh Kopelman (founder, Half.com), Cyrus Massoumi (founder, ZocDoc) and Elon Musk (co-founder, PayPal and co-founder, Tesla Motors

12. Princeton University 


Entrepreneurship center: The Keller Center 

Notable alumni: Jeff Bezos (founder, Amazon) and Frank Moss (co-founder, Bluefin Labs)

13. University of Southern California

Entrepreneurship center: Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Notable alumni: Marc Benioff (founder, Salesforce.com), Scott Cook (co-founder, Intuit), Shelly Hwang (co-founder, Pinkberry), Paul Orfalea (founder, Kinko’s) and Andrew Viterbi (co-founder,Qualcomm)

14. University of Texas, Austin


Entrepreneurship center: Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Notable alumni: Burt Butler Beveridge II (founder, Tito’s Vodka), Austin Ligon (co-founder,CarMax), Red McCombs (co-founder, Clear Channel Communications), William Nowlin and Dave Truchard (co-founders, National Instruments) and David Smith (co-founder, Sweet Leaf Tea Company)

15. Washington University in St. Louis 


Entrepreneurship center: The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Notable alumni: Barry Babcock and Jerald Kent (co-founders, Charter Communications) and George Zimmer (founder, Men’s Wearhouse)

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