Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates aren’t the only famous Ivy League entrepreneurs. In the movie “The Social Network,” the character playing Larry Summers, the then-president of Harvard University and former Secretary of the Treasury, said to the Winklevoss twins, “Everyone at Harvard is inventing something. Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job.” So what other Ivy League entrepreneurs have created companies that have had a global impact? Let’s jump in with a few!

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Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates aren't the only Ivy League entrepreneurs who have made it big (photo credit: Simeon Simeonov).

- There’s Wendy Kopp. Wendy is a Princeton grad who after completing her senior undergraduate thesis in which she proposed the idea of a national teaching corps, started Teach For America. Teach For America, one of the biggest hirers of college seniors, aims to tackle America’s achievement gap by putting high-achieving future leaders of America in inner-city classrooms for two (or more) years. After their service, TFA reports that as much as 67% of TFA grads continue on with careers in education.

- There’s Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, a hot company coming out of Silicon Valley that aggregates reviews of local businesses. Angie is a graduate of Harvard Business School and has overseen the company’s expansion for a one hundred square foot office into a dynamic, national corporation.

- There’s Mark Pincus, a UPenn grad and Harvard Business School alumnus. He’s a co-founder of Zynga, the online social gaming company with millions of game users on Facebook and other social media platforms.

We’ll be profiling many more Ivy League entrepreneurs in the weeks ahead so check back for more! And let us know some Ivy Leaguers who have created startups that have changed the world for the better by posting names below! And check out our related posts on Admission to The Ivy League and Ivy League Students.

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