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Guide for aspiring entrepreneurs from the Information Services and Library Team

Sourcing funds

Look in our catalogue for:  Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur or,  The Startup Game: inside the partnership between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

Library Databases

S&P Capital IQ
Use the screening/targeting option to search for companies who have invested in (or are interested in investing in) specific industries and/or regions. 

Screen for companies that have received VC funding and explore the growth sectors.

Web resources

The British Business Angels Association
The British Business Angels Association (BBAA) is the national trade association dedicated to promoting angel investing and supporting early stage investment in the UK. The London Business Angels network is one of the largest in Europe.

Angel Capital Association
The Angel Capital Association (ACA) is the trade association of leading angel investment groups in North America.

British Venture Capital Association
BVCA provides much information free on the web contact the Careers team if you need to search their members’ directory. 

InvestEurope formerly the European Venture Capital Association(EVCA)
Produce a range of reports and data.

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA
NESTA is an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative. It invests in early-stage companies and deliver practical programmes. As well as investing in healthcare, cleantech, and ICT it produce a wide range of free publications.

For seed investment in Europe.

The Funded 
Feedback on VCs from entrepreneurs.

Y Combinator
Y Combinator does seed funding for start-ups.

The National Venture Capital Association provides a set of model legal documents for venture capital investments put together by a group of leading venture capital attorneys.

Ask the VC
This is a blog that tells entrepreneurs what they want to know about; it is a broadly used information source for entrepreneurs.