• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Sunday, January 1, 2017

Database of the Week: Proquest Entrepreneurship

ProQuest Entrepreneurship: This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly - including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings - to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans and tips from successful entrepreneur in a wide range of formats - from video to downloadable Word and Excel files, as well as traditional text and PDFs.

Why ProQuest Entrepreneur?

Business Plans: From the well known University of Texas at Austin Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp), a collection of almost 400 business plans drawn from this renowned competition. Includes plans presented by participants which are drawn from regional business plan competitions from around the world. Spans all types of businesses from technology to consumer goods.

Market Research: With instant access to thousands of market research documents, entrepreneurs can quickly become equipped with the data needed for thorough analysis and pitching to investors. This valuable content contains market and company reports, key financial ratios, demographics, insights, benchmarks, statistics, and more.

Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms: Give users an A-to-Z approach to entrepreneurship as steps are laid out from concept through management. These tools also guide users through various processes and can serve as a "checklist" of items needed to secure financing.

Journal and Magazine Content: Top publications relating to the practice of entrepreneurship are provided in the form of full journal runs plus selected articles with a weekly refresh from more than 11,000 sources ensuring the latest information for users.

Business Cases: A staple in the study and practice of entrepreneurship, a business case is a structured plan outlining the feasibility of an idea. Obtaining business cases can be expensive in a piecemeal fashion. In the academic setting, business cases allow professors to build or refresh the courses they teach.

Working Papers: Working papers are "future" articles which may appear in publications months or years down the road. These "full-length" versions of the author's work provide cutting-edge insight and information on the latest trends in a variety of subject areas.

Conference Proceedings: Conferences are often the first place an idea is shared prior to a person creating a working paper -- these events reflect the latest in scholarly research spanning all topics. Conferences are often panel discussions and help promote innovative thought on various topics.

Full Text Dissertations: Provide insight into roads already traveled while helping to jumpstart research and exploration for an entire "thought area" through the work of others. Dissertations serve as a springboard for new research and ideas on which to build.

Books: With access to hundreds of reference and “how to” books online, entrepreneurs gain coverage for a wide variety of business topics. Subjects include business plans, grant writing, small-business marketing, finance, and many more.

Company Profiles: More than 48,000 premium company profiles from Hoovers. Users can quickly research company fact sheets, overviews, competitive analysis, and financial information – useful in researching market opportunity for new business ideas.

Subject coverage

  • Angel investors
  • Business incubators
  • Business ownership
  • Capitalism
  • Development stage enterprises
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Franchisees
  • Home based businesses
  • Owner operator
  • Self employment
  • Small business
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Sole proprietorships
  • Startups

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