Tel Aviv University ranked among world’s top startup schools

TAU alumni responsible for founding 7 unicorns, hi-tech firms with a valuation of over $1 billion

Illustrative photo of the Tel Aviv University campus. (Andrew Tobin/JTA)
Illustrative photo of the Tel Aviv University campus. (Andrew Tobin/JTA)

A new study ranked Tel Aviv University among the top schools producing billion-dollar startups.

According to the cloud accounting software firm Sage, Tel Aviv ranks eighth in the world for training the founders of so-called unicorns, startup firms worth more than $1 billion.

Stanford University topped the list with 51 alumni responsible for founding unicorns, followed by Harvard with 37. Tel Aviv University had seven, according to the study, ahead of Cornell and the University of Southern California, which had six apiece.

The companies founded by Tel Aviv alumni include ForeScout, a computer security firm whose cofounders attended the school, and ironSource, which builds tools for app developers.

The most highly valued Israeli unicorn, according to the study, is Conduit, with a $1.6-billion valuation, whose Como application allows users to develop and manage their own applications on their mobile devices.

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