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Guide for aspiring entrepreneurs from the Information Services and Library Team

Becoming an entrepreneur

Our subscribed resources

We subscribe to Pitchbook use the SSO (Single sign in option).
You can track investments and deals in VC and PE spaces and see which areas are growing or emerging.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Entrepreneurship and Startups
‚ÄčSahlman, W. A. et al. (2018) featuring Bonus Article “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything” by Steve Blank. : Harvard Business Review Press (HBR’s 10 Must Reads Series). 
Search for it here.

How to Write a Great Business Plan 
Sahlman, W. A. et al. (2008) Harvard Business Review Press (HBR’s 10 Must Reads Series). 
Search for it here.

This magazine provides interviews, business profiles, financing, marketing, advertising and legislative news of note aimed at the small business owner or those planning to start a new or additional business. The full text of this monthly magazine is in the database Business Source PremierTo limit your search to just this magazine enter: JN "Entrepreneur" 

INC magazine
A magazine for entrepreneurs and business owners which provides useful information, advice, insights, resources and inspiration for running and growing their businesses The full text of this monthly magazine is in the database Business Source PremierTo limit your search to just this magazine enter: JN "Inc." 


Free Web resources

Should you be an Entrepreneur - Take This Test by Daniel Isenberg - in the HBR blog you will have to sign in.

The Top Ten Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make.  Video: by Guy Kawasaki 

GrowthBusiness GrowthBusiness is a resource for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises.

The UK Government’s resource for SMEs.

NESTA - National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts. Research on entrepreneurship covering funding, forecasts, and more.

Crunchbase -  Register of early stage ventures, investors and VCs.  A free web resource - we do not subscribe. Remebr if  you are a current students you can access to Pitchbook instead.

CBInsights - tech market intelligence on VC and startups. We do not subscribe but some reports are available for free.


The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs
A peer group for women entrepreneurs; the website offers an online business community where within the private member area, you can create business connections, partnerships and gain peer group support.

The Entrepreneurs Network
The Entrepreneurs Network is a think tank for Britain’s entrepreneurs and it is  the Secretariat of the APPG for Entrepreneurship, which was set up to encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship and to engage with entrepreneurs; and to ensure that Parliament is kept up to date on what is needed to create and sustain the most favourable conditions for entrepreneurship.

EO UK - London
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 17,000+ influential business owners with 213 chapters in 60+ countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.