Financing Business Ventures

This guide includes sources that describe and  list sources of private equity, venture capital, angel investors, and other financing for new and existing businesses.




The Oxford Handbook of Private Equity

Pardee Reference
X HG 4751 094 2012

The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship

Pardee Reference
X HD 62.5 B94 2010; see Chapter 7: “Equity Financing: Informal Investment, Venture Capital, and Harvesting.”

Selected EBooks are listed below.  For additional books on Venture Capital, Private Equity, etc., search BU Libraries Search.  Use these subjects/keywords/phrases: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Angels (Investors).

The customer-funded business : start, finance, or grow your company with your customers' cash

Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2014

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Governance and Ethics

Dordrecht: Springer, 2013

Leveraged buyouts : a practical guide to investment banking and private equity

Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2014

Financing new ventures : an entrepreneur's guide to business angel investment

New York: Business Expert, 2014

The little book of venture capital investing : empowering economic growth and investment portfolios

Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2014

Perspectives on financing innovation

London: Routledge, 2014

Private Equity Targets Strategies for Growth, Market Barriers and Policy Implications

Milano: Springer Milan, 2013

What every angel investor wants you to know : an insider reveals how to get smart funding for your billion dollar idea

New York: McGraw Hill, 2013   (In Pardee Library HG4028 .C4 C64)



ProQuest Entrepreneurship
Note: For assistance in starting and developing a successful business, this database includes video clips of successful entrepreneurs, market research reports, start-up plans, templates and forms, scholarly journals, business cases, working papers, conference proceedings, and dissertations. This database also covers angel investors, business incubators, development stage enterprises, entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship, franchisees, and home based businesses.  See the Browse section for specific resources on Funding Sources.


Search the additional databases listed below for articles in business publications, magazines, and journals on venture capital, private equity, angel investing, etc.  For Private Equity and Venture Capital journals and publications, search the Journals Search section of BU Libraries Search.  Search by keyword or specific title.

ABI/Inform Complete


Business Source Complete




Boston Business Journal

Note: This site also provides access to business journals from 39 other major metropolitan cities across the U.S.  Also includes a digital Book of Lists containing rank-ordered companies for each city.



Directories listed below, are in Pardee Reference:

Corporate Finance Sourcebook: The Guide to Major Capital Investment Sources and Related Financial Services. Annual National Register Company

X HG4057 A1565 2015
Directory of major venture capital companies, commercial finance and leasing companies, private insurance lenders, commercial banks, investment bankers, business brokers, pension managers, major trusts and more.

Massachusetts Venture Capital and Private Equity; The Complete Guide to Venture Capital, Private Equity, Incubator, and Equity Investors.

X HG 5128 M3 M37 2014.

Web Directories

Angel Capital Association
Resources for entrepreneurs as well as a listing of ACA member angel groups.

Includes investment opportunities for investors and sources of funding for entrepreneurs.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Money Tree Survey
A quarterly study of equity investments made by the venture capital community in emerging private companies in the U.S. Data is presented by region, industry, stage of development and financing sequence. One must register to access data by venture capital firm and by investee company. A custom search for current quarter can be conducted for investees that match criteria such as region, industry, stage of development and financing sequence.

Venture Capital Database (VCDB)
A free listing of venture capital firms; includes an interactive map. Created by Matt Winn of Chrysalis Ventures. Firms can be searched by location or by areas of interest.
Produced by vFinance, Inc., this site provides listings of venture capital and angel investors. The site also allows new business owners to post business plans.

Boston Business Journal

See the “Digital Book of Lists”  for the  area’s largest Venture Capital & Private Equity Firms and largest SBA Lenders.

Information and Assistance

Business Finance.Com
“America’s Business Funding Directory”. Free advice, information, and matchmaking network; assists businesses, to obtain capital, find government programs, get expert help, and more.

Garage Technology Investors
Matchmaker and network helping entrepreneurs and investors create, build, and fund promising early-stage technology companies.
This site features a search engine that enables business loan seekers to specify desired financing, then register on the site to see the list of potential loan providers.

National Business Incubation Association
Association that advances business incubation and entrepreneurship. Provides information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies. A directory of incubators is available.

National Venture Capital Association
Trade association of the Venture Capital Industry. Membership consists of venture capital firms that manage pools of risk equity capital designated to be invested in high growth companies. Membership directory is available for a fee. Free data on the site includes an overview of the venture capital industry, valuation guidelines, model legal documents, and latest industry statistics. Members of the association receive additional benefits.

Venture Capital Institute
An educational foundation for venture and private equity professionals.

European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Association with information on private equity and venture capital in Europe.

How to Boostrap Your First Million.  The Seed & Start Up Capital Blog.
Basic information on seeking financing; includes information on various types of financing: venture capital, angel investors, etc.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Website provides information on financing through SBA loan programs, equity capital, and SBA partners (financing programs administered through private sector lenders and organizations).
Venture Capital Associations in countries outside of the U.S. (List in: Private EquityResearch: Tools of the Trade), pp. 64-67), at the Reference Desk.

Venture Capital Industry Surveys & Trends

The Money Tree Report – PricewaterhouseCoopers
The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based upon data from Thomson Financial. As noted above, free registration is required to access some data.

Global Venture Capital Insights and Trends Report – Ernst & Young.

An annual report that describes the state of the venture capital industry; interviews with leading venture capitalists from around the world on the conditions and opportunities for venture capital. Company executives and venture capital investors from around the globe share their perspectives.

Bain & Company Global Private Equity Report 2015 

A in-depth report on private equity in 2010.

National Venture Capital Association
See “Industry Stats” under Recent News and Statistics. See also annual survey:
“Global Trends in Venture Capital” (Deloitte) and other studies and statistics under Research, then Recent Research Studies.

Dow Jones Venture Capital Press Release
Current statistics, in Excel format, on venture capital investment in the U.S. and in Europe.

Venture Capital Companies, in First Research Industry Reports.

An overview of the venture capital industry.