With federal and state money getting harder to come by, and banks experiencing problems of their own that restrict their willingness to loan money, it could be a good idea to look into venture capitalism. There are both associations and venture capital clubs that business can approach for funding. Below is a partial listing.
The National Venture Capital Association's (NVCA) (Arlington, VA) members include venture capital organizations, financiers and individuals interested in investing in new companies. The directory is available for $150, and it can be reached at www.nvca.org or at (703) 524-2549.
The Western Association of Venture Capitalists (Menlo Park, CA) publishes a directory of its 130 members. It can be reached at (650) 854-1322.
The Technology Capital Network at MIT (Cambridge, MA) tries to match entrepreneurs in need of capital with venture capital sources. Investors and entrepreneurs can register with the network for up to 12 months for $300. It can be reached at www.tcnmit.org or at (617) 253-2337.
Venture Capital Clubs
The International Venture Capital Institute (IVCI) (Stamford, CT) publishes an annual directory of domestic and international venture groups (venture capital clubs). The cost of the 1995 IVCI Directory of Domestic and International Venture Groups is $19.95. The institute can be reached at (203) 323-3143.
Other Clubs in the U.S.
Birmingham Venture Club
Venture Capital Investors
Little Rock, AR
Tech Coast Venture Network
Rockies Venture Club, Inc.
Connecticut Venture Group
Baltimore-Washington Venture Group
Michael Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
College Park, MD
Gold Coast Venture Capital Club
Boca Raton, FL
Hawaii Venture Group
University of Hawaii, OTTED
Rocky Mountain Venture Group
Idaho Falls, ID
Iowa City Development
Iowa City, IA
Madison Dearborn Partners
Kentucky Investment Capital Network
(502) 564-4300, ext. 4315
Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA)
Venture Capital Fund of New England
Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce
Ann Arbor, MI
St. Paul Venture Capital
Missouri Innovation Center
Montana Private Capital Network
Grand Island Industrial Foundation
Grand Island, NE
Venture Association of New Jersey, Inc.
New York Venture Group
New York, NY
Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Columbus Investment Interest Group
Oklahoma Venture Forum
Oklahoma City, OK
Oregon Entrepreneur Forum
Enterprise Venture Capital Corporation of Pennsylvania
Dakota Ventures Inc.
Rapid City, SD
Capital Southwest Venture Corporation
Salt Lake City, UT
Vermont Venture Network
Richmond Venture Capital Club
Northwest Venture Group
Enterprise Venture Capital Company
Wisconsin Venture Network