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

Entrepreneurship Research, Teaching, Service, and Practice

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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Center for Venture Research: Data for Entrepreneurial Studies

“The Center for Venture Research (CVR) is a multidisciplinary research unit of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. The Center’s principal area of expertise is in the study of early-stage equity… Read more →

CB Insights Venture Capital Database for Entrepreneurship Research

The CB Insights Venture Capital Database seeks to capture every venture capital deal and exit, by crawling thousands of sources of financing and exit data each day. By aggregating data across the investing landscape, it provides insights into sector trends,… Read more →

Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) in United States

“The Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) research program is designed to enhance the scientific understanding of how people start businesses. The objective is to provide valid and reliable data on the process of business formation based on nationally-representative samples… Read more →

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Survey Data

The Office of Advocacy at the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) disseminates small business economic data and statistics, such as: Census Bureau Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB) Census Bureau Nonemployer Statistics (NES) Census Bureau Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE)… Read more →

Current Population Survey ~ Census Bureau & Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a primary source of monthly labor force statistics for the US population. It is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). About 60,000 U.S. households are… Read more →

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