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Entrepreneurship @CWRU

Advancing Entrepreneurship Literacy – Veale Grant 2022

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Framing Your Idea

Your idea may come from a product or service that can be improved or abandoned for something new. It might be used in industry, companies, or by consumers.

Databases and sources in this guide will cover companies, industries, news, competitors, business & management news articles. Additionally, several databases will cover news in real time, while others will have direct news search capabilities for specific search queries. Your research liaisons will be able to guide you in using the resources. 

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Crain's Cleveland Business, a weekly business newspaper for over 40 years in NE Ohio, with business news, analysis, reports and data to keep informed about the region. The daily digital news also keeps readers up to date on regional news, people, events and opportunities.

PitchBook, a new licensed database via Kelvin Smith Library, with news, data & tools for analysis of venture capital & private equity.

Watch for news on these new licensed resources in the coming weeks!

This guide will continue to develop, so send us comments about what you're interested in.

Featured Database – PrivCo, Global Company Information & Venture Capital Activity

Private company financial intelligence – business & financial data and analysis, plus IPO news & updates on venture capital, M&A activity, and private equity deals, company competitors & more. Since 90% of major U.S. business is privately held, PrivCo saves you time in class assignments and in your career planning, as well as in getting a closer look at industries with sectors, industry, sub-industry codes that lead to other competitors. 

PrivCo database has financial analysis, venture capital funding, reviews, market research, and more can be the difference in the depth of your discovery and your final project results. You'll also find large traded companies in PrivCo, and you will see who/what they are investing in.

Search names, deals, industry, geography, funding opportunities & stages–which might help you determine where to consider career opportunities. See sample below.


Create a personal account on PrivCo, using your CWRU network credentials.

Sign up for The Daily Stack, a quick email with links to news on private market activities. 

Features: Check out PrivCo's Knowledge Bank to better understand the private investor environment, and their Research Blog for news!

Featured Database – Statista; Quick Data, Dossiers, Charts, Infographics

Statista database has a wealth of quick Statistics in Charts, Reports, specialized Dossiers, Forecasts & Surveys, and Topics documents. Studies may be on Companies & Consumers, Markets & Countries, and more.  Statista licensed content for CWRU is noted by the small green + sign on each item of content. 

Start a search with very simple concept words, browse the results. Select a chart and you will also get a full page of related and/or suggested items, with a wealth of suggestions.


See sample for VC Tech Startups with largest volume of equity funding in the U.S., by state. Feb. 2021

As of February 2021, the most well-funded tech startup in the United States was JUUL Labs. JUUL Labs is an e-cigarette company based in California, with over 15 billion U.S. dollars in disclosed equity funding as of February 2021. This was followed by Epic Games in North Carolina, with about 3.4 billion U.S. dollars of equity funding received. The top three is completed by Magic Leap in Florida. This tech company had received just under three billion U.S. dollars in equity funding.

Statista result pages will also "show more related items" on the long result page. Some samples from this search on VC capital:

Statista also will show you 'related' topics, in this case value of VC investments by industry, best VC value in U.S. by state, number of M&A of VC-backed companies, median time from initial equity financing to IPO in U.S. 2000-2020


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