We developed a startup reputation model.
I am writing my Master Thesis around the topic of "testing & improving the model of startup reputation evaluation" created by our Prof. and PhD students.
1) Where can I find the contacts of venture capitalists?
2) Do they care at all to spend time on filling questionnaires or having detailed interviews with me? What would be the cheapest (but effective) way to approach them / motivate to collaborate?
Go find investment forums/meetups like Zino Society, Keiretsu Forum, or whatever you have locally. Just attend and introduce yourself to people. Keep going back and have a simple business card to exchange information. Follow up via email. Just meet them first and talk about what your doing, but I would not bring a questionnaire for anyone to fill out at the networking events. Don't go with an agenda, just go to meet people and if your genuine you will find people genuinely interested in just helping (like me!). I don't have a PhD or Masters, but it sounds like you're asking how to network with people.
You are at the right place. Clarity have many Venture Capitalists and Consultants. I am one of them :)
The best and cheapest way of doing it to find out Venture Capitalists and Consultants who have a low rate per minute. That will save you a lot of time, efforts and money.
If you pay for their time then they will definitely be interested in filling up your form and answering your questions in details.
I have worked with different startups, VCs and Angel Investors. Also, I am one of them, therefore you may setup a call with me and discuss.
I hope that helps.
Thanks for asking.
I am not sure you are going to like my answer but I think you are asking the wrong questions. An idea is worth nothing to VCs and almost any investor. They know that your original idea will not survive the first contact with customers. You need to make sure that you are up for the challenge of a startup first. I recommend reading either of these books by Pat Flynn (no relation) or Nathan Furr - "Will it Fly? and Nail it the Scale it. If you think you have the stomach for the probably the hardest thing you will ever do in business and possibly your life then make sure you are solving a problem that needs to be solved. That is, you identify enough people who will pay you enough money to make it a real business. Then try to fund it on your own through, friends, family, and others first. There is so much more to say here but I will let you chew on this for a while. Good luck!