These are the best MBAs if you want to be an entrepreneur

Harvard 2018

Cambridge – USA – Harvard University (Giggel, 2015)

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.

Author: Emma Charlton, Writer

Want to study alongside the next Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey or Richard Branson? Or perhaps you imagine starting Uber’s biggest rival while tackling an MBA on the side?

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that California should be your chosen destination, with Stanford Graduate School of Business topping both a Financial Times list of MBA courses for entrepreneurs as well as the overall global list.

Image: FT MBA Ranking 2018

The Master of Business Administration has long been loved by employers. While it’s widely accepted as a qualification that can bolster your CV, enhance your earning power and help you expand your network, the top schools are also focused on fostering innovation.

Institutions in the US and UK dominate the list for students looking to turn their ideas into a business, making up 90% of the top 20 MBAs for entrepreneurs. Babson College in Massachusetts ranks second, followed by Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. The top UK schools are Lancaster University Management School and City, and University of London’s Cass Business School.

Encouraging innovation

These courses set about teaching risk-taking, drive, determination and imagination, with a view to breeding the start-up bosses of tomorrow.

Switzerland and Germany are the only other countries that feature, each has one entry in the top 20, with WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management at number six and the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne in seventh.

The survey also looked at how the skills gained on a particular MBA course encouraged the entrepreneurs to start a company. Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business ranked first in this regard, while Stanford slipped to fifth place. Lancaster in north-west England might not spring to mind as quickly as Menlo Park, California as a hotbed for innovation, but the city’s management school ranked third for inspiring students to start their own business.

Female entrepreneurs

For women, the picture is slightly different, with UK courses making up four out of the top five when the proportion of female graduates among the entrepreneurs is taken into account.

Durham University Business School is first, with 50% female entrepreneurs. London Business School, University of Bath School of Management and Cranfield School of Management also feature in the top five, as well as Germany’s ESMT Berlin.

Image: FT top 50 MBA programmes for entrepreneurship in 2018

Babson College in the US boasts the biggest percentage of MBA graduates who founded a company, at 37% and is also ranked top when graduates were asked how much the business school they attended helped to start their company.

Finance is also a key factor, and the US tops the rankings here again. Michigan’s Ross School of Business ranked number one when students were asked how much the alumni network had helped secure financing, followed by Dartmouth and Stanford.

At Cass Business School in London – which ranked fifth in the overall listings – students can tap in to a £10 million ($13.2 million) venture-capital fund for investments ranging in value from £250,000 ($330,800) to £1 million ($1.3 million).






the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Draghi to lay his print on long term ECB policies prior to exiting next year

‘Bring to life’ precious moments caught on film or tape, UN agency urges on World Day

Consumer protection: Deal on EU-wide rules for those sold faulty products

Overseas investment falling, developing countries largely unscathed: UN trade agency

The Changing Scope of International Economic Relations – Chinese Leadership in the 21st Century

North Korea: ‘Time to talk human rights’, says UN expert

Eurozone: Inflation plunge to 0.4% in July may trigger cataclysmic developments

Independent UN rights expert calls for compassion, not sanctions on Venezuela

‘Time is of the essence’ for refugees on Greek islands – UN agency

Data show EU Economy in a stubbornly subdued state

Human trafficking, slavery reports and health of migrants in Libya

A Sting Exclusive: “China is Making Good Stories not Bad Ones”, Ambassador Yang highlights from Brussels

Anti-vaccination movement affecting youth in Europe

Is the ECB enforcing the will of the big Eurozone member states on the small? Can the euro area live with that?

Qualcomm to be the next target of EU antitrust regulators? China might be the answer

Millions more migrant workers, means countries lose ‘most productive part’ of workforce

Bangladesh elections: Hold those responsible accountable for ‘violent attacks and intimidation’

Eurozone in trouble after Nicosia’s ‘no’

OECD Secretary-General Gurría welcomes announcement of new trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada

The New Year 2016 will not be benevolent to Europe

Why are wildfires getting worse?

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘End the Cage Age’ initiative

Young? You should work out the entrepreneurial heart before the mind

Yes, together we can make a change! YO!Fest and EYE 2016

A Sting Exclusive: “Doing ourselves a favour”, Vice President Dombrovskis underscores that this time growth has to come from within the EU

Lessons from dealing with the collapse of Lehman Brothers

We need a new Operating System for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Children are so hungry in one British town they are eating from bins

Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

NATO summit, Brussels, 11-12/07/2018

UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa

Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’– UN peacekeeping chief

G20 starts to tackle inequality

Bundestag kick starts the next episode of the Greek tragedy

E-Governance: A powerful tool to combat, mitigate and sustainably manage disaster risks

Madrid is banning high-polluting vehicles from the city centre

Our Digital Future

How our food system is eating away at nature, and our future

4 things President Trump could learn from Jimmy Carter

Rohingya refugee shelters ‘washed away’ in Bangladesh monsoon rains: UN agency

Germany and OSCE support an east-west dialogue in Ukraine without exclusions

Parliament votes for €1 billion in aid to Ukraine

EU Justice Scoreboard 2018: justice systems’ key role in upholding the rule of law and EU values

It’s not kids’ screen time you should worry about – it’s yours

Palm Oil: With Malaysia cracking down on production, what’s the alternative?

UN political chief calls for dialogue to ease tensions in Venezuela; Security Council divided over path to end crisis

ILO: Unemployment to increase by 8.1 million in 2013-2014

How to end overfishing in the global South

Benjamin Franklin was wrong: Amazon can tax evade

EU economy: Between recession and indiscernible growth

“The Belt and Road Initiative aims to promote peace, development and stability”, Ambassador Zhang of the Chinese Mission to EU highlights from European Business Summit 2018

Preparing the future today: World Health Organisation and young doctors

Global Talent – Professional Internships

US-North Korea summit ‘an important milestone’ towards denuclearization, says Guterres

UN chief calls for ‘united front’ against anti-Semitism after US synagogue mass-shooting

Guterres expresses ‘grave concern’ following explosion at large political rally for reform-minded Ethiopian Prime Minister

Lack of access to clean water, toilets puts children’s education at risk, says UN

We can save our ocean in three steps – if we act now

Adriatic Sea: MEPs adopt multiannual plan for fisheries

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s