1. Education


    Ewing Kauffman believed that youth prepared to succeed in college will go on to lead productive, economically independent lives. In carrying out Mr. Kauffman's legacy, our education work focuses on access to high quality public school options and postsecondary opportunities intended to improve academic and life outcomes for lower income urban students in Kansas City.
  2. Entrepreneurship


    Entrepreneurs are critical to the long-term health and prosperity of our economy and society. We work to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and to further understand what new firms need to start and grow.
  3. Kansas City

    Kansas City

    From our home in Kansas City, we work on initiatives that reach into our neighborhoods and around the world. We support important civic causes that enrich our community and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Recent Activity

AUGUST 29, 2015

2015 TEDxKC

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect.

AUGUST 27, 2015

On The Wall Street Journal.com: The One, Crucial Question Entrepreneurs Need to Ask Their Mentors

Wendy Torrance, Kauffman Foundation director of Entrepreneurship, reveals the one, crucial question entrepreneurs need to ask their mentors.

AUGUST 27, 2015

Square Co-founder Jim McKelvey to Speak at Techweek KC

Techweek KC’s 2015 lineup of speakers got even stronger this week, as the tech festival added Jim McKelvey, co-founder of the Square mobile payment app, to an already star-studded lineup of speakers.

AUGUST 25, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Twitter Chat | Finding Your Startup Community

Join Kauffman Founders School and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Twitter as we discuss how Millennial entrepreneurs can find — and harness the power of — their startup communities within their own respective cities.

AUGUST 25, 2015

Google to Alphabet, Acqui-hires, and Occupational Licensing

Kauffman research analyst Chris Jackson summarizes some excellent pieces on the different kinds of acqui-hires, the Google to Alphabet bet, and the White House's focus on the effects of occupational licensing

AUGUST 24, 2015

Expelling 4 Myths of High-Growth Companies

Do you think most of the fast-growing companies in the United States are venture-backed tech companies based in Silicon Valley? A look at a potential SXSW presentation on 4 myths of high-growth companies by the Kauffman Foundation.

AUGUST 24, 2015

Accelerators Across U.S. Get $4 Million from SBA

In another sign that governments are becoming more savvy when it comes to the economic potential of high-growth startups, the U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced $4.4 million in support for accelerators in 39 states (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico).

AUGUST 24, 2015

Montana’s Entrepreneurial Zeal

According to the 2015 Kauffman Index, Montana ranks as the state with the highest level of startup activity—the third straight year it has topped the rankings. However, how sustainable is its recent entrepreneurial success?

AUGUST 24, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Hosts Twitter Chat on Finding Your Startup Community

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the one-hour chat will discuss how millennials can locate existing groups of like-minded entrepreneurs.

AUGUST 21, 2015

Where Unicorns Come From: Genealogy of $1B+ Companies

How do "Unicorns" - Companies valued at over $1B get started? A look at a SXSW session the Kauffman Foundation hopes to lead.

AUGUST 20, 2015

Startup Capital and the Native American Entrepreneur

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch highlights the financing challenge among many Native American entrepreneurs in the third part of her four part series.

AUGUST 19, 2015

Kauffman Foundation Announces 2015 Recipients of Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

Find out more about the recipients of the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF).

AUGUST 18, 2015

New Features Added to Online Education Database

Just in time for the release of state test scores in Missouri, EdWise has launched two new tools aimed at helping educators, policymakers, researchers and non-profits easily access and analyze education data.

AUGUST 18, 2015

Kauffman School Students Outpace Peers on State Test

The results are in, and Ewing Marion Kauffman School students have achieved outstanding results on the 2015 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) state test.

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