Models of Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

By R. Ellis, Lacey Wismer
2009 | Case No. E365
As he nears graduation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Pat Smith is considering his career plans. He wants to be an entrepreneur, but he has no start-up idea of his own. He is interested in entrepreneurship through acquisition and, based on conversations with various entrepreneurs, is trying to decide which type of search fund is right for him: a traditional, or funded, search, a self-funded search, or a sponsored search. In addition, he has to decide whether to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor immediately after graduation or later in his career.
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