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Some key databases for entrepreneurship research

  • PrivCo
    has private company financials, information on private M&A deals and deal multiples, private firm valuations, venture capital fundings, private equity deals, etc. Good for locating investors and competitive intelligence.
  • Frost & Sullivan
    Detailed market reports and analysis on technology aspects of many industries. (Many reports are read-only, but you can request a .pdf from For academic use only.)
  • Gartner
    Research reports on IT-related topics and companies, including analyses, opinions, trends, leading practices, and case studies. (Some reports not available.)
  • ThomsonONE VentureXpert/Private Equity  
    information on venture capital funds, private equity firms, funded companies, and their executives in the US, Europe, and Asia, as well as an analytics source for fund performance, commitments, disbursements, and statistics. NOTE: click on "Screening & Analysis" at the top. Must use Internet Explorer 9 browser (or see "i" above.) Off campus? You'll need to use the VPN.
  • ProQuest - ABI/INFORM
    Articles from publications on all business topics including entrepreneurship - examples: Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, Family Business Review. Search all journals at once, or select "Publications" and then find the title you want. Valuation multiples for many industries found in First Research Industry Reports.
  • Business Source Premier
    More articles from business publications (many don't overlap with ABI/INFORM) - examples: Entrepreneur Magazine, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Black Enterprise, Venture Capital, Journal of Business Venturing. Search all journals at once, or select "Publications" and then find the title you want.

More key resources

US government and PA government business startup sites outlining legal requirements, government services, financing and contract opportunities, etc

TED talks on entrepreneurship - the most exciting ideas by the most interesting people

Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner - videos and podcasts of thousands of experts on all startup topics, developed by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program

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    Off campus? New information!

    For almost all databases, enter your Andrew username and PW when asked. For Thomson databases, or when in doubt, use the VPN.

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