Entrepreneurship Resources @ VU

Research Support for When You Don't Know How to Find Information

Spring 2024 Entrepreneurship Workshop Series presented by Vanderbilt Libraries

Turn your business idea into reality!

Vanderbilt Libraries presents: Entrepreneurship Workshops Tuesdays, March 26, April 2, 9 and 16 from 4:00pm-5:00pm on Zoom

This four-part workshop series equips you with knowledge of the research skills and resources Vanderbilt Libraries offer to launch your entrepreneurial journey.

Open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff, and community members. No experience necessary. Recordings will be available upon request. 

Register via the AnchorLink event links below or email managementlibrary@vanderbilt.edu for Zoom link and to RSVP. 

VandyPass credit available.

Session 1: Professional Business Planning Tools at Vanderbilt University (March 26th)

Master the fundamentals!

This session lays the groundwork for your business plan with expert guidance from Vanderbilt business librarian Robbi De Peri. Learn about:

  • Company & competitor research
  • Industry insights & benchmarking
  • Essential business news resources
Session 2: Consumer Insight & Market Planning Tools at Vanderbilt University (April 2nd)

Know your market, win your audience!

Join HD McKay, Librarian for Business at the Walker Management Library, and Dr. Stacy Curry Johnson, Librarian for Geospatial Data & Systems and discover powerful resources to understand your customers and navigate the competitive landscape. Learn about:

  • Consumer demographics & behavior
  • Market sizing & mapping tools ️
Session 3: Legal & Patent Resources at Vanderbilt University (April 9th)

Protect your ideas, navigate the legalities!

Gain insights from Mark Williams, Associate Director for Collections and Innovation, and Lecturer in Law at the Massey Law Library, and Alex Carroll, Associate Director, Science and Engineering Library on:

  • Legal considerations for your business
  • Effective patent search strategies
Session 4: STEM & BioMed Research Tools at Vanderbilt University (April 16th)

Power Up Your Innovation!

Joshua Borycz, Librarian for STEM Research at the Stevenson Science & Engineering Library, and Heather LaFerriere, Health Sciences Informationist at Eskind Biomedical Library will dive into Vanderbilt Libraries' treasure trove of resources specifically curated for STEM & BioMed entrepreneurs. Gain expertise in:

  • Identifying industry-specific databases & tools
  • Unveiling cutting-edge research & development resources
  • Optimizing your search strategies for success

Post Workshop Slides and Recordings

Session 1: Professional Business Planning Tools
Session 2: Consumer Insight & Market Planning Tools


Session 3: Legal and Patent Resources


Session 4: STEM and BioMed resources