Which universities or grandes écoles do the founders of start-ups come from? To find out, we sifted through the LinkedIn CVs of the 229 founders and co-founders of the 122 companies that make up the French Tech 120 – a support program created by Emmanuel Macron in 2019 to encourage French "start-ups". A first observation is necessary: difficult, apparently, to launch a start-up without having done studies. Only 9% of these pioneers are self-taught or have not indicated any training on their profile. Moreover, of the 208 founders who went on to higher education, only 21 went exclusively through university. For the majority, the main breeding ground remains the major business and engineering schools. No less than 141 creators (62%) have obtained a diploma from an institution recognized by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles. And, among those who have not followed their "Grande Ecole Programs", 21 hold one of their Masters, MSc or MBAs, such as the Master Sourcing of HEC, the MSc of EM Lyon or ESCP, etc.
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