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Connecting the CMU Community with PE/VC Data: Positioning CMU Libraries as a Strategic Partner for Entrepreneurship

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posted on 2018-05-09, 00:00 authored by Ryan SplendaRyan Splenda
This presentation was given at the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD) conference on May 9, 2018 at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library (University of Washington, Seattle, WA).

Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial research is quickly becoming one of the major forces on campus at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The newly created Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship as well as various classes and programs devoted to innovation in healthcare and technology at the Tepper School of Business and College of Engineering have created an environment where faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to pursue entrepreneurial projects. As a result, there is an ever increasing demand for private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) data for benchmarking, competitive intelligence, and startup research. In response to this, the goal is to position CMU Libraries as a strategic partner with those entities on campus that need this data and expertise. This presentation will discuss the acquisition of data sources, the development of presentations and workshops on this type of data, and mention the different groups on campus that the libraries are already collaborating with in this space. Next steps include an environmental scan and potentially forming a team of librarians dedicated to these research efforts.