Ph.D. Candidate, Ivy College of Business, Iowa State University, USA

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Entrepreneurship Data, Databases, Datasets for Academic Research


Entrepreneurship data is invaluable for researchers and scholars who seek to form and investigate hypotheses about various aspects of new ventures. To prove or disprove existing theories – and to formulate new ones – they rely on qualitative and quantitative data. Such data is compiled via interviews, surveys, field observation, etc. Clearly, a comprehensive, reliable, and relevant database can be invaluable for research in entrepreneurship. Many researchers create their own data via private surveys. However, there also exist publicly available datasets that can be used by the creative scholar. Such data can save months of effort, cover a wider variety of factors, and be well-tested by researchers in other domains. Therefore, below is a list of such datasets and the entrepreneurship research studies that they were part of.

Global Entrepreneurship Data

» Association of University Technology Managers Technology Startups Database

» CB Insights Venture Capital Database

» Crunchbase New Ventures Database

» Dealogic Database of FinTech Startup M&A and IPOs

» Dow Jones Private Equity & Venture Capital Database

Entrepreneurship Data for the United States (US)

» Business Dynamics Statistics

» Center for Venture Research

» Current Population Survey

» Kauffman Firm Survey

» Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship

» Midlife Development in the United States Survey

» National Establishment Time Series

» Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics

» Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System

» Small Business Administration Survey

Entrepreneurship Data for Europe

» Eurostat Factors of Business Success

Other Entrepreneurship Data

» Comparative Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project

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Eurostat Factors of Business Success (FOBS) Database

The Eurostat Factors of Business Success survey was carried out by 13 Member States (CZ, DK, EE, FR, IT, LV, LT, LU, AT, PT, SI, SK and SE) and the Acceding Countries (BG and RO) during 2005-2006. The objective of… Read more →

National Establishment Time Series (NETS) Database

“The National Establishment Time-Series (NETS) database provides longitudinal data on various dynamics of the U.S. economy that include establishment job creation and destruction, sales growth performance, survivability of business startups, mobility patterns, changes in primary markets, corporate affiliations that highlight… Read more →

Comparative Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project (CIEP)

“The Comparative Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project (CIEP) survey of over 1,200 Colombian, Dominican, and Salvadoran family heads is the first to explicitly measure the extent of economic, political, and socio-cultural transnationalism among immigrants and to develop predictive models of these activities…. Read more →

Crunchbase for Research in Entrepreneurship: New Ventures Database

Crunchbase is a potentially useful source of information for research in entrepreneurship. “The platform for finding business information about private and public companies, including investments and funding information, founding members and individuals in leadership positions, mergers and acquisitions, news, etc…. Read more →

Technology Startup Databases ~ AUTM ~ Technology Licensing

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is a non-profit organization set up “to educate, promote and inspire professionals to support the development of academic research that changes the world and drives innovation forward. The AUTM community is comprised of… Read more →

Dow Jones Private Equity (PE) & Venture Capital (VC) Database

The Dow Jones private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) databases enable investment decision-making by providing “proprietary news, analysis, data and newsmaker events that bring global private equity and venture capital trends into context”. Although designed for industry practitioners, the… Read more →

SESTAT ~ Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System

SESTAT – the Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System – is a “source of longitudinal information on the education and employment of the college-educated U.S. science and engineering workforce”. The data is collected through biennial surveys and uses information on… Read more →

Dealogic Database of FinTech Startup M&A and IPOs

The Dealogic platform and database of startup M&A and IPO activity is a potentially useful resource for academic scholars of entrepreneurship. It contains validated and reconciled data for hundreds of thousands of mergers, acquisitions, and initial public offerings. Of course,… Read more →

Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) Survey

“The National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary investigation of patterns, predictors, and consequences of midlife development in the areas of physical health, psychological well-being, and social responsibility.” The data captured in the… Read more →

Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship ~ Entrepreneurial Activity

The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship was “an early indicator for entrepreneurship in the United States, used by entrepreneurs and policymakers, from the federal to state and local levels. It tracked one of the earliest measures of business creation: when and… Read more →

Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) ~ Panel Study of US Businesses

The Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) is a panel study of “4,928 businesses founded in 2004 and tracked over their early years of operation, through 2011. KFS focuses on the nature of new business formation activity; characteristics of the strategy, offerings,… Read more →

Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) ~ Data for Entrepreneurship Research

“Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)  provides annual measures of business dynamics (such as job creation and destruction, establishment births and deaths, and firm startups and shutdowns) for the economy and aggregated by establishment and firm characteristics. These measures are available for… Read more →

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