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

Industry research

Searching for the best industry matches for your technology? Technologies may apply across one or more industries and markets - so which one is the right one, right now?

In addition to the Industry/Sector Data resources listed on the Market Research page of this guide, try the resources below to find more data on your industry.

To learn more about various industries, search for industry profiles, associations, or search by SIC or NAICS code.

Trade Publications

Trade publications and business-to-business journals are a good source of current industry news, and may offer industry and market statistics that you can not find elsewhere. Check the source of data in reports to see if you can access more information.

The following databases have excellent coverage of trade publications.

Industry Associations

Industry associations and trade groups are an excellent source of industry statistics and reports, generally available on their websites or through their publications.

Google or your preferred search engine is the most efficient way to find relevant associations in your desired industry. Try using search terms like "industry association," "industry group," "trade group," "trade organization," etc.

Resources by Industry

Get detailed, industry-specific reports & data. Search by industry. 

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Searching for Companies by Industry

To generate lists of companies within a certain industry (as well as additional criteria such as location, revenue, etc).  Try LexisNexis (includes private companies) or Mergent (public companies).  If you are in the BIC or Finance Lab, Capital IQ offers many more search options.