Resources at Princeton
For a new business venture to be successful, you need more than just a great idea. You also need information. You need information about the habits of potential customers, what your competitors are doing, funding opportunities, and more. This guide, put together by the Princeton University Library, provides links and contact details to help you find the information you need to get started. http://libguides.princeton.edu/entrepreneurship
Mentors and Advisors
Institutional Capital Raising Toolkit
Founded by Dianna Raedle '84 in 2007, Deer Isle Group, which has raised over $5 billion in private placement capital, has developed an innovative approach to investment banking including technology that offers curated (to a relevant set of potential investors) access to a universe of over 10,000 institutional investors (the “Beacon System”) as well as a flexible continuum of investment banking support (“Closing Advisory”).
In order to help capital seekers prepare for venture, middle market and fund capital raises, Deer Isle has published an Institutional Capital Raising Toolkit on its website. The check list includes Executive Summary and Presentation Templates, Due Diligence Check Lists and other materials which empower capital seekers on the process and give them materials that are needed to order to complete a successful capital raise from institutional investors (including accelerators, venture capital & private equity funds, family offices, and wealth advisors).
The Entrepreneurship Law Clinic @ Rutgers Law School
Launched in August 2016, the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic is a resource for complimentary legal services for startups that don't have sufficient financial capital or otherwise can't afford startup legal services but need help to launch and grow their ventures.
To find out more about the Rutgers Law Clinic and to inquire about assistance, students should fill out this form. Please be sure to list "Stephanie Landers/Mukesh" in the last question/comment field so that the clinic can keep track of their referrals.
Green Pro Bono
Green Pro Bono is the first non-profit pro bono legal initiative in the United States dedicated to helping climate change-driven non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs. Green Pro Bono's mission is to help these environmental "change makers" identify their legal needs and connect them with free legal assistance necessary for their success. Green Pro Bono aims to expedite the missions of these entities by providing vital legal assistance as they work to implement renewable, affordable and clean energy; to find avenues to be more energy efficient; to protect rainforests and sustainable uses of land; and to offer other innovative ideas and projects to combat climate change. www.greenprobono.org/
MBA Student's Guide to Entrepreneurship
Online MBA strives to provide students with comprehensive resources and up-to-date information on how to choose the best online MBA program to fit their needs. Our college planning resources have been featured by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Cornell University, and others with a vested interest in promoting quality business education. www.onlinemba.com/entrepreneurship-guide/
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has a section of their website aimed to suit the specific needs of startup businesses, a segment of stakeholders that continue to be recognized as an outsized engine of job creation, economic growth, and unparalleled innovation in the United States. www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/startup-resources
The National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits produces and curates tools, resources, and samples for nonprofit business ventures. www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources