Below are links to various sources that we feel might be helpful as you aim to learn more about venture capital or other financing sources for your business.
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The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is an obvious place to start in educating yourself in the VC world. NVCA is the venture capital industry's source for advocacy, networking, professional development and reliable and timely information.
The Angel Capital Association is North America's professional alliance of angel groups. The association brings together many of the angel organizations in the United States and Canada to share best practices and collaboration opportunities. ACA provides excellent professional development and discounts on important services for angel investors who belong to member groups, and also serves as the public policy voice of the American angel community.
The Angel Capital Education Foundation (ACEF) is a charitable organization devoted to education and research in the field of angel investing, a growing driver of our entrepreneurial economy. Information, education, data, and research analysis is available to investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, state and local entrepreneurial support professionals, university faculty and students, and others interested in learning more about angel investing.
The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF) is an organization of innovation capital leaders: private, public and non-profit organizations committed to building their local economies by investing in local entrepreneurs.
NASVF began in 1993 as an ad-hoc group of practitioners seeking the best models to encourage capital formation in their states, particularly for new technology ventures. (NASVF) recently joined forces with National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) to create more opportunities to link investors with entrepreneurs.
Business incubation programs facilitate the process of starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful. NBIA estimates that in 2005 alone, North American incubators assisted more than 27,000 start-up companies that provided full-time employment for more than 100,000 workers and generated annual revenue of more than $17 billion. Approximately 7,000 business incubators operate worldwide. NBIA’s membership includes more than 950 organizations in over 55 countries, encompassing 1,880 industry professionals.
VentureMaven offers a list of venture capitalists who are on Twitter.