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Field Course: Private Equity Projects and Ecosystems: Company, Industry, Market and Transaction Research


Research Topics

Suggested Resources

Private Equity - Funds, Firms, Transactions, etc.

Information on companies, deals, funds, investors and service providers across the private investment lifecycle. Individual accounts are required to access, signup here.

Capital IQ
Data on PE transactions, public and private companies, investment firms, and people. Provides sophisticated retrieval and personalization tools to create numerous reports. You can even set up alerts for new company or firm developments and transactions. Sign up for a personal account here.

Refinitiv Workspace
PE data includes investments, portfolio company and firm profiles, exits and fundraising information.

Information on PE & VC companies, funds and deals.

A comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets, and public and private companies. Also includes private equity information. Individual accounts needed. Please see More Info page for instructions.

CB Insights & Industry Analytics
CB Insights is a private company database that tracks global venture capital, angel investment, private equity, M&A, and IPO activity related to private companies.​ Note: Individual account required. Alert feature available.

VCPE Research Guide
A great starting place for research on the venture capital and private equity industry; this guide points to the best resources available to the HBS community.



Capital IQ
A range of public and private company and industry information worldwide. Includes company profiles, financial data, direct investments, and comprehensive transaction screening. 

A global database containing information on millions of companies, including private entities.  Most U.S. private company data is sourced from Dun & Bradstreet.

Also: Refinitiv Workspace and FactSet

Fast Answer: Where can I find information on small and/or private companies?


Business Monitor International Industry Reports - Click "Browse" and in the "Industry and Market Reports" section, select BMI Industry Reports.

Provides research reports on industries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and China. Industry risk reports are available.

Emerging Markets Information System (EMIS)
Select a country from the list. Using the Industries tab at the top of the page, search for industries. Limiting the search to "Research" will limit the results to recent market, industry and sector reports. Also, a good source for news.

S&P NetAdvantage
S&P Industry Surveys cover industry trends, forecasts, major players and market share data, key ratios, and statistics. Click on the "Industries" tab on the top menu bar. Index on the left has links to Industry Surveys (U.S.) and Global Industry Surveys.  Industry profiles contain section on "How to Analyze an Industry".

Also: How to find Analyst Reports using Refinitiv Workspace. Scroll down for instructions on finding industry rather than company analyst reports.

Market Research

Reports on major economic, scientific, and technological developments in industrial, pharmaceutical, and high technology.

Business Insider Intelligence 
Research and analysis focusing on technology-related news and reports covering the following subject areas: apps and platforms, digital media, Internet of Things (IoT), payments, fintech. Individual account required.

Frost & Sullivan
Reports covering technology and market trends in various technology, energy and manufacturing related fields.

Offers information technology-related research, news, analysis, and trends.

Mintel Reports 
Consumer market studies by Mintel analysts.

Market research reports about various consumer products and industries worldwide from Euromonitor International.


Wall Street Journal - Baker Library is excited to now offer individual accounts to! Sign up for an account here

Business Source Complete - Database that includes industry and academic articles.  You can set up alerts by company name, topic, industry or people. 

Factiva - Good source for company and industry news, includes access to the Wall Street Journal.

Financial Times - Baker Library offers free access to  Sign up for an account and you can set up alerts by keyword, industry or company name. 

Private Equity International, Private Equity Real Estate (PERE) and Infrastructure Investor are available in hard copy in the library and via Factiva.  See here for more information on how to access. 

Venture Capital/ Private Equity Highlights Newsletter - News on the industry curated by Baker Librarians, sent to your inbox every two weeks! You can also sign up for news on topics such as startups, high technology, healthcare and more. 

Also, Baker's research guides highlight major industry-specific publications, many of which cover industry news & developments.


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