Darden Alumnus’ VividCortex Among World’s Top 100 MBA Startups

Wildfire, launched by Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuarda, a Harvard/Stanford duo, is the No. 1 MBA startup in the world, according to the graduate business education website Poets&Quants.

The social media marketing company, launched in 2008, was acquired by Google last year for $350 million, in addition to $100 million in retention bonuses for Ransom and Chuard. The second- and third-highest-rated MBA startups were by Stanford alumni.

Thirty-four of the top 100 startups were founded by MBAs from Harvard. MIT Sloan, with 11 startups, was No. 3, behind Stanford.

New York and Pennsylvania had five startups each on the list; Connecticut had two; and Virginia and North Carolina had one each.

Poets&Quants compiled the list based on interviews of business school professors, investors and the startup companies themselves. The final 100 were chosen from a list of 400 companies. To qualify, an MBA startup should have raised a minimum of $1.6 million.

Here are some of the startups that made the list:

New York

Rank

Startup (Launch Year)

Description

School

Funding (in millions)

49

Olapic (2010)

Online marketing

Columbia

$6.0

75

FSA Store (2010)

Ecommerce

Columbia

$2.8

78

PayPerks (2009)

Financial Services

Columbia

$2.6

78

ZetrOZ Inc (2009)

Healthcare

Cornell (Johnson)

$2.6

95

Seamless Receipts (2010)

Social media CRM

Cornell (Johnson)

$1.8

Pennsylvania

Rank

Startup (Launch Year)

Description

School

Funding (in millions)

9

Warby Parker (2010)

Eyewear

U Penn (Wharton)

$55.0

17

Baby.com.br (2011)

Ecommerce

U Penn (Wharton) and Harvard

$22.6

64

CommonBond (2011)

Financial Services

U Penn (Wharton)

$4.2

81

BlackLocus (2012)

Pricing tools for retailers

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

$2.5

85

LearnBop (2010)

Adaptive learning platform

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

$2.0

Connecticut

Rank

Startup (Launch Year)

Description

School

Funding (in millions)

24

Hadapt                   (2010)

Data analysis software

Yale

$17.0

65

Golfkick (2013)

Golf performance technology

Yale

$4.0

North Carolina

Rank

Startup (Launch Year)

Description

School

Funding (in millions)

53

Hukkster (2012)

Ecommerce

Duke (Fuqua)

$5.5

Virginia

Rank

Startup (Launch Year)

Description

School

Funding (in millions)

77

VividCortex (2012)

Software

Virginia (Darden) 

$2.7

Click here for the complete list on Poets&Quants website.

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