Business Plans

While templates and samples can be helpful, the key to a good plan is making your own argument—for your unique business—as convincingly as you can. Don't be constrained by hewing too closely to what others have done.

Web Resources

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  • Businessplans.org Information about all aspect of developing a business plan including sample plans.
  • Plan Your Business - Write a Business Plan By Small Business Administration. A comprehensive outline and advice for preparing a business plan.
  • Moot Corp's Guide to Creating Fundable Business Plans The University of Texas/Austin guide includes modules on "Attention Getting Openings, The Executive Summary, The Right Team Makes All the Difference, The Financials and Funding"
  • Wicked Start An online guide for starting a business with concrete action items for aspiring business owners customized to their business ideas and access to a community of experts and resources for business planning, funding, hiring, structuring a business, and marketing.
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Books & ebooks
  • How to Write a Great Business Plan In print in Baker Library Stacks, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, HD30.28 .S234 2008 William Sahlman (HBS) defines the primary factors that should be included when writing a business plan.
  • Executive Summary Toolkit Write a more powerful business plan executive summary.

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  • Creating a Business Plan In print in Baker Library Stacks, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, HD30.28 .C73 2007 This book demonstrates how to most effectively review every facet of the business plan.
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Financing

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Books & ebooks
  • Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures In print in Baker Library Stacks, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, HG4027.6 .F56 1998 William Sahlman
  • HOLLIS Catalog Provides access to the collections in the Harvard University Libraries. Use expanded, subject word, or exact spelling searches.
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What Investors Want

Articles

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  • "I'm A VC. Here's What I Want to Know" 2003. MIT's Enterprise Forum of Cambridge has published a checklist of questions that VC firms may ask of entrepreneurs. (PDF)
  • MagPortal (Hot Neuron LLC) Offers free access to articles. Use the search function and try keywords: investors want.
  • "Courting Investors? The Best Management Team Wins" 2001. Published in Mass High Tech, Barbara Finer explains how a start-up led by an untested team can attract investors.