Finance and Venture Capitalists

Accel Partners  - Accel Partners is a private venture capital firm which invests in entrepreneurial companies it believes can be leaders of selected technology-driven markets. With a capital base of over $500 million, the firm states that it is able to consider virtually any size project. Investors, who will sometimes participate in the firm's financings, include international financial institutions, corporations, other venture capital firms and entrepreneurs.

Business Finance - Site will try to find capital sources to match your needs.  Also offers e-mail newsletter, guide to formulating funding proposal.

Business Finance Center - The Business Finance Center from GetSmart matches business owners with prospective lenders.  Users select the type of financing they want, such as line of credit, equipment, business, real estate loan, or accounts receivable financing, and fill out the web site's "SmartMatch" application - a short test that records loan preferences and business and credit history.  The SmartMatch information is then used to generate a list of appropriate lenders from GetSmart's 14-member database for small businesses.  According to information provided by PC Magazine (9/22/98, p. 40), potential lenders will then contact the business owner by phone.

Chase Manhattan Bank Small Business Leasing  - The Chase Manhattan Small Business Leasing site lets you apply through its site for an equipment lease.  If your request is under $35,000, chase will make a decision in 5 minutes.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson  - Draper Fisher Jurvetson considers itself a leader in the start-up venture capital business, having invested in over 150 high-tech companies. In the majority of cases, it is the lead investor for a company's first round of financing.  Its role is to help entrepreneurs achieve their maximum potential through contacts, advice, and support. By pursuing a people-focused, back-to-basics, early-stage approach to venture capital investing, the firm wishes to fund entrepreneurs with the energy, vision, experience, and desire to build great companies.

Garage.com - This web site offers to connect entrepreneurs needing financial assistance with investors.  The site also offers articles of interest to high tech investors and entrepreneurs.

Growthink Venture Capital Research - Growthink Research publishes venture capital funding reports that analyze financing trends for emerging companies.  In addition to publishing "off-the-shelf" funding research reports, Growthink Research performs client-specific market and competitive research projects.

Insurance Information Institute - The Insurance Information Institute is the nonprofit trade organization which sponsors this web site.  It provides information on various types of insurance (auto, home, business, accident, etc.) and on companies offering them.

Mayfield Fund - The Mayfield Fund has a history of partnership with entrepreneurs.  It states that it has more than $700 million of capital under management and has invested in over 300 companies that today represent a market value exceeding $30 billion.

National Venture Capital Association - The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) was founded in 1973 and is comprised of approximately 200 professional venture capital organizations. It is organized to broaden the understanding of the importance of venture capital to the vitality of the United States economy.  NVCA also works to stimulate the flow of equity capital to emerging growth and developing companies.

Oak Investment Partners

Oak Investment Partners is a venture capital organization with three areas of investment focus: information technology, healthcare, and retail. It targets experienced, entrepreneurial management teams that are resourceful, disciplined, and motivated by appropriate incentives.

U. S. Small Business Administration Loan Programs - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a number of guaranteed loan programs designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and small business.  The SBA reduces risk to lenders (primarily banks) by guaranteeing major portions of loans made to small businesses that demonstrate the ability to repay the loan.  It thus enables lenders to provide financing to small businesses when funding is otherwise unavailable on reasonable terms.

The Startup-Zone  - The Startup-Zone, a data-base of start-ups as well as information on getting an e-business off the ground.  Is also branching out into connecting entrepreneurs with investors

Venture Associates - Venture Associates provides information on Initial Public Offerings-IPOs, Venture Capital, Business Plans and Planning, Small Business Financing and Books, Private Offerings (Reg D, SCOR & Internet), Financing Sources, and Venture Capital Clubs. Twenty five years of business oriented networking has enabled Venture Associates to assemble a variety of knowledgeable, hands-on, experienced individuals who cross over a broad range of management disciplines. Experts and specialists are accessible for almost any business or industry need from the concept rationalization stage to maturity disbursement.

Venture Capital - An online exchane of services and equity; helps develop business plans; figure out how to raise capital and plans to expand.  Also posts industry news.

Venture Capital Resource Library - The Venture Capital Resource Library offers free tax, legal,and strategic information.  A free business plan template is available for downloading.  The plan can be submitted via a form to obtain advice from the web site operators.

Venturescape  - Venturescape is a B2B portal for venture capital & high-tech start-up communities.  Site will post your profile where potential partners and investors can review it. Also a job board where you can recruit prospective employees.  Site’s secure GateKeeper section can store your business plan and allow only serious investors access to it.