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Recommended resources for research related to entrepreneurship, startups and commercialization: from science and technology literature to market research and patents.

Quick links

Whether you're new to commercialization or an experienced entrepreneur, this guide is a quick and easy way to access the most useful resources the library has to offer, including market research, journals, books, toolkits, and information on financing and business plans.

Note: The cross-disciplinary nature of entrepreneurship is reflected in the resources highlighted here - some of which are scholarly while others are from the business trade. What's the difference?

For workshop and event information, please see this guide.

For information about startups and entrepreneurship at U of T, click the "Community Links" tab above.

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Startup jargon

Wondering what "MVP" means in Silicon Valley? Hint: it doesn't stand for "most valuable player." These crowdsourced glossaries - created not by lexicographers but rather by people working in the industry - are a handy guide to learn your pivots from your exits as you read about startups.

Silicon Valley Dictionary - A list-based glossary inspired by the television series Silicon Valley. Some humour included.

Startup Definition - Created by RJMetrics, includes both search and list views.

The Startup Dictionary - Includes handy search bar for quick reference.

Wordnik - Itself a startup, claiming to be the world's biggest online English dictionary. Searchable.