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Understanding Entrepreneurship: Facilitating Academic Research with a Shared Data Repository

Executive Summary

UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the Duke University Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) initiative have embarked on a joint initiative to build a data repository to facilitate empirical research in entrepreneurship. This paper outlines our motivation for this project as well as our long-term goals of promoting empirical research by lowering the costs to researchers of data collection and aggregation. We also outline the data that we have currently available and demonstrate the value of a resource like by documenting recent trends in startup activity in the US.

To facilitate easier access to the data, we have developed a web portal with data related to entrepreneurial research to facilitate further inquiry into entrepreneurial activity. Our long-term goal is to generate a data resource, updated regularly, that is as comprehensive as possible. Allowing researchers to easily contribute new data to the repository should also facilitate a shared understanding of how various factors and findings relate to one another.

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