Welcome to the Business Plan Archive, a research database for scholars and students interested in studying high-tech entrepreneurship in the Dot Com Era and beyond.
Launched in June 2002 as a public repository for records of firms founded to commercialize the internet from the mid-1990s on, the Business Plan Archive permitted open access to a selection of business plans and related planning documents until December 2007. More than 80,000 users from over 100 countries registered to take advantage of this resource during the five plus years it was available to the public.
Beginning in 2008, public access is no longer allowed. The Business Plan Archive now supports non-commercial academic research and education only. All interested users must now submit a research proposal describing the intended scope and purpose of their research. On completing the registration process, users are required to print their proposal and mail it to the Archive office at the University of Maryland, along with a letter of support from your host institution. Archive staff will then review the application.
The primary purpose of the Archive is to support research and study of business planning, entrepreneurship and the business history of the dot com era. If your use of the archive involves writing your own business plan, we encourage you to seek other professional resources.
If you have historical materials that you would like to donate to the Archive or if you have other questions about its operations, please contact the Director, Prof. David Kirsch at .