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

FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Top Entrepreneurship Papers: What Made the List?

Recent top new papers in entrepreneurship, as found on the Social Science and Research Network's (SSRN) Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Network (ERPN).

FEBRUARY 12, 2016

The “What If” Questions I Ask

The Teach For America 25th Anniversary Summit prompted Jacqueline Erickson Russell to return with hope for improving education for Kansas City students.

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Names Victor W. Hwang Vice President of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur, venture investor and author from Silicon Valley to lead Foundation’s entrepreneurship program

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

The future of entrepreneurship data – getting to know CrunchBase

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix explores CrunchBase data and reports on co-hosted CrunchBase-Kauffman session in San Francisco

FEBRUARY 10, 2016

New Kauffman Founders School Videos Illustrate How to Grow a Company

Leading experts address the challenges of scaling a startup

FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Investing in Minority Entrepreneurs: An Economic Imperative for the U.S.

American University's Melissa L. Bradley discusses some of the challenges facing minority entrepreneurs, and offers potential solutions to create a more friendly start-up environment for all entrepreneurs.

FEBRUARY 09, 2016

A Deeper Look at Early Education in Our Backyard

Kauffman Education Program Associate Halley French discusses plans by local funders to address the gap in quality early education for young children in Kansas City.

FEBRUARY 09, 2016

The Gig (Economy) is Up!

The gig economy highlights some emerging trends: changes in the nature of work, firm structure and formation, production, and consumption.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Measuring Cities As They Race to the Top

A fresh focus on cities as indicators of startup community health has attracted a new generation of local leaders championing entrepreneurship to the growth and quality of life of their metropolitan areas. Many are also working to improve our understanding of the city entrepreneurship phenomenon and its complex dynamics. How are cities assessing and benchmarking their performance?

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Commerce Dept. Announces $10 Million in Innovation Grants

Last August, the Department of Commerce announced it would be giving out $10 million in funding through its i6 Challenge program and Seed Fund Support Grants. Today, it unveiled the 25 awardees through the two programs -- both part of the Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies -- designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the United States.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

2016 State of Entrepreneurship Address

Congressman Steve Chabot, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business -- and occasional guest blogger for the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship -- will headline the Kauffman Foundation's seventh annual State of Entrepreneurship Address next week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Warns State on Licensing Laws

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Jason Wiens submitted written testimony to the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy in Sacramento, Calif. Wiens’ testimony focused on the barriers that occupational licensing poses to new business formation—a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: President Obama’s Final Budget

This week, President Obama will release his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and administration officials are scheduled to testify on it at a number of committee hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill. Jack Lew, Secretary of Treasury, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, all make appearances in hearings this week.

FEBRUARY 05, 2016

Women Entrepreneurs Have What it Takes to Grow Post-Conflict Economies

Can strengthening entrepreneurship in post-conflict countries help prevent future violence? And, how are women in post-conflict countries specifically equipped to benefit from entrepreneurship?

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Warns State How Licensing Laws Fence Out New Businesses

Jason Wiens provides testimony to Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy

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