Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment (GDESI)

Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment is a one-stop comprehensive reference source on early stage investment related information. The directory provides valuable insight on the sources and firms that can provide access to funding, key contacts, market focus, contact information, and more. GDESI serves as an invaluable tool for a wide spectrum of users, ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs, students or individuals with bright ideas, new and existing start-up businesses, and individuals and companies that either require or offer early stage investment opportunities.

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Section 1: Scope

Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment profiles funding sources and firms that enable start-ups, providing contact information, a brief description, and where available, additional relevant information such as fund size and market focus so that users can find potential investors.

Section 2: Method of Compilation

Directory listings and company profiles in GDESI were obtained using a variety of means, including direct contact with the companies, groups, associations and agencies; Internet research; materials provided by listees; government resources; and data obtained from other relevant Gale directories. In most entries, the descriptive text for the listings was adapted from the company's own publicly available materials.

Section 3: What You'll Find in a GDESI Entry and Searchable Fields

Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment contains profiles of early stage investors including venture capitalists, business incubators, angel investors and angel groups, corporate investment divisions, crowd-funding, and co-operative groups. The main method used to store entries is by company name; however, there many ways to find entries, including by Keyword, or by some other specific field of data using Advanced Search (refer to the Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column in the table below).

When you search for entries, your search results will show the main fields of data, enough to give you a brief view of the company profiled. The full entry can be viewed on the entry display page by selecting the entry name from your results list.

Tip: The table below lists the kinds of information you will find in the entries in this eDirectory. Note that not all fields are present in every entry.

The Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column lists which Advanced Search index to use to search that field.

Field of Information Description Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es)
Company Name The name of the company. When the company name is a personal name, the company name is alphabetized by the surname unless the first name or initial is part of a trade name. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Address The street address, city, state, full zip code, and country. City (cc)
State (sc)
Zip (zc)
Country (cn)
Phone Telephone number. Area Code (ar)
Free Toll-free telephone number.  
Fax Fax number.  
Email E-mail address.  
Website URL for the company website.  
Contact Primary officers, their titles, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses are provided when available.  
Founded The year of the organization’s founding is given if provided by the organization. Year Founded (fd)
Description A brief description of the firm’s primary area of focus, related activities, and specific business aspects are provided. Entries denoted with an asterisk (*) use the exact descriptive wording from the company's website. Description (de)
Keyword (ke)
Also Known As / Doing Business As / Formerly The variant name of the company or organization. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Fund Size The fund range that the firm has allocated for investing in start-ups and is displayed in $USD. The fund size that is valid as of the year listed is provided in parentheses. Funds Available (fa)
Local Currency For international organizations that provide a Fund Size, the fund amount has been converted to the local currency.  
Geographic Restrictions The primary location(s) serviced by the firm is provided when available.  
Key Personnel Primary officers, their titles, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses are provided when available. Officers (na)
Keyword (ke)
Special/Market Focus A description of the market or markets that the firm focuses on or specializes in is provided when available.  
Subject(s) Lists subject matter terms associated with the purpose and description of the organization. Keyword (ke)
Section Broad category into which the organization is grouped. The Sections in GDESI correspond to the type of investor and include:
Angel Groups
Associations & Resources
Business Accelerators
Business Incubators
Government Resources
Investment Advisors & Consultants
Venture Capital Firms
Early-stage investment can come in a variety of forms and from a variety of sources. The main sources are Angel Groups and Venture Capital Firms. These two investor types form the backbone of investment activity and are ultimately the likely end point in your search for investment.

Business Incubators and Business Accelerators are firms and organizations designed to provide support to your company in a variety of different ways. Some incubators offer office space and facilities to young companies of particular qualification. Other incubators may offer financial support, business advice, or strategic help with certain areas of your business. Business accelerators really take the incubator concept to the next level, offering higher level support and often direct financial support, networking, sales support, training, and other practical resources as well. Both business incubators and accelerators often focus on specific markets, industries, or geographical regions and are often government-, state- or institutionally-funded with goals that are in line with the principles of the funder.

Other resources exist that provide advice or support for the potential investee, including Associations & Resources, Government Resources, and Investment Advisors & Consultants.
Section Heading (sh)
Keyword (ke)
Source Citation Bibliographic information, along with a How to Cite link.  
Gale Document Number Displays the document's unique identifying number.  

Section 4: Comments and Suggestions Welcome

Comments and suggestions regarding Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment are invited and encouraged. Please contact:

Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment
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