An unprecedented global achievement for TAU and its alumni community

Tel Aviv University ranked fifth in the world for entrepreneurship by Startup Genome. TAU Tis the only Israeli university in the prestigious list, and is ranked right after four leading American universities – Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley and Harvard.

28 October 2021
An unprecedented global achievement for TAU and its alumni community

Tel Aviv University was ranked fifth in the world in the ranking of Startup Genome (a world-leading innovation policy advisory and research firm) for 2021. The prestigious ranking reflects the involvement of alumni of the world's leading universities in entrepreneurship, and in the establishment of scaleup companies (companies that have advanced beyond the startup stage and their worth is estimated at $50m or more).


The top four institutions in the ranking are leading American universities – Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley     , and Harvard, with Tel Aviv University coming right after. Tel Aviv University is the only non-American university in the ranking's top 10, which also include Cornell, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. According to the ranking, about 1,300 TAU alumni have founded active companies in a vast range of areas over the last decades, and about 40 of these have attained the status of scaleup companies.


This designation joins the PitchBook’s, which annually places TAU among the top 10 institutions producing venture capital-backed entrepreneurs Here too, TAU is the only non-American university ranked in the top 10     .


Prof. Moshe Zviran, Dean of the Coller School of Management and Chief Entrepreneurship and Innovation Officer at TAU, Alumnus of the TAU faculty of Exact Sciences and the Coller School of Management:
"This is a very significant achievement for both Tel Aviv University and the State of Israel. The Startup Genome ranking is a standard of entrepreneurial excellence of the highest level in the world. Israel in general, and TAU as its leading entrepreneurial university, form fertile ground for uniquely creative young entrepreneurs who establish independent companies and hold      key positions in the world's leading corporations. The rich toolbox which our students acquire during their studies serves them well when they enter the job market. We are proud of our alumni and students for this achievement and will continue to fortify TAU's position in the top echelons of global entrepreneurship."   


Prof. David Mendelovich, Deputy Dean of Research at the Faculty of Engineering, serial entrepreneur, founder of the Tel Aviv University Innovation Laboratories, Alumnus of the TAU Faculty of Engineering and mainly an educator and mentor for the next generation of engineers:
"We are pleased to announce Tel Aviv University's impressive achievements in leading the growth of entrepreneurs. These achievements are the result of excellent students with entrepreneurial vision and natural curiosity, but also of our ongoing effort to expose TAU students to the world of entrepreneurship. Nowadays, through courses that allow unique practical experience, TAU opens a window for its students to these fascinating worlds. I would be happy if we take advantage of the good news to continue to deepen the exposure of entrepreneurship to our students. Lately, the TAU Entrepreneurship center was established, adding to existing units in different faculties on campus. We strive to expand and deepen our activity. With the focus TAU gives the field of entrepreneurship, excellent achievements, sources of financing (such as TAU Ventures) and fostering innovation - We will continue to lead the field of entrepreneurship in Israel and globally in years to come."


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