List of companies founded by Harvard University alumni

This is a list of companies founded by Harvard University alumni, including attendees who enrolled in degree programs at Harvard University but did not eventually graduate. Companies founded by alumni of Radcliffe College ("Harvard Annex", 1879-1999) are not included in this list.[1] This list is not exhaustive, as it only includes notable companies of which the founding and development history is well recorded by reliable sources. In particular, subsidiaries are listed with their owners in parentheses.

Harvard is a highly successful university in attracting funding for start-up companies, and its alumni have created a large number of companies.[2][3][4] According to PitchBook, from 2006 to 2017, Harvard produced 844 company founders as alumni or current students, creating 750 companies, fourth most among all universities in the world.[5][6]

In this list, founders of a company which merged with other companies to form a new company are counted as founders of the new company. However, founders of a company which later dissolved into several successor companies are not counted as founders of those successor companies; this same rule applies to spin-off companies. Finally, a defunct company is a company that had stopped functioning completely (e.g., bankrupt) without dissolving, merging or being acquired.

  1. ^ "Our History". Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  2. ^ Christina Pazzanese, "Harvard's alumni impact", Harvard Gazette, 8 December 2015
  3. ^ "The University Entrepreneurship Report – Alumni of Top Universities Rake in $12.6 Billion Across 559 Deals". CB Insights Research. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  4. ^ "Founders Funding And Exit Ranking Usa | GraphicSprings". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  5. ^ "Universities Report: The top 50 universities producing VC-backed entrepreneurs (2017-2018)" (PDF). PitchBook.
  6. ^ "Universities Report: The top 50 universities producing VC-backed entrepreneurs (2016-2017)" (PDF). PitchBook.

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