McGill rates best in Canada for undergrad female start-up founders

PitchBook rankings show female McGill undergraduates have received $728 million in venture funding in the past 10 years

McGill produces more successful female entrepreneurs than any university in Canada, according to newly released venture capital data.

On September 12, PitchBook issued its annual ranking of universities based on the number of alumni entrepreneurs whose companies received a round of venture funding between Jan. 1, 2013, and Sept. 1, 2023. For the second consecutive year, McGill was the top Canadian school for successful female undergraduate alumna. McGill ranked 17th in the world, moving up from 18th in 2022.

According to the Pitchbook data, 77 female McGill undergraduates received $728 million in venture funding for 76 start-ups from 2013 to 2023. McGill also ranked 49th in the world in the female graduate category.

PitchBook is a by-subscription database of information relating to private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.  Each year, it ranks the world’s best universities for producing startup founders.

The rankings are based on PitchBook data for global venture capital investment as well as the educational information of more than 150,000 founders. The schools are compared by tallying up the number of alumni entrepreneurs who have raised venture capital in the last decade.

In Pitchbook’s overall global rankings, McGill rated 28th in the world and third in Canada in the undergraduate category. McGill also rated 55th in the world in Pitchbook’s overall graduate rankings.

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