1. Education
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    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
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    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
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    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

MAY 03, 2016

Labor After Labor: Why Barriers for Working Mothers are Barriers for the Economy

Policymakers, businesses and entrepreneur support organizations can drive policy and cultural changes necessary to fulfill the promise of entrepreneurship for mothers

MAY 03, 2016

New Report Examines the Economic Contributions of Working Mothers

New report by Kauffman researchers Emily Fetsch and Alex Krause examines the challenges facing mothers in the workforce.

MAY 03, 2016

Starting Young: Helping Latinos Succeed in School

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund recently named early education as one of its priority initiatives. Executive Director, Mayra Aguirre, discusses why this issue is so important for the Latino community.

MAY 02, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: May Recess

No committee hearings are scheduled for the week ahead. Members of the House and Senate returned to their home states and districts for a one week recess. They will reconvene next week and have only eight weeks in session before they break for the summer recess in mid-July.

MAY 02, 2016

Sharing the Risk of Entrepreneurship

In the last of policy commentaries emerging from the latest Global Entrepreneurship Congress, I note that governments are taking an increasing interest in mitigating the risks of their entrepreneurs who start new firms, and as more people accept the broader societal value of those who build and make things. We unpack one such issue highlighted by Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies, who recently recommended U.S. policymakers consider allowing individuals to maintain unemployment insurance when they are starting a business. We unpack one such issue highlighted by Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies, who recently recommended U.S. policymakers consider allowing individuals to maintain unemployment insurance when they are starting a business.

MAY 02, 2016

How Innovative Is Your State?

A robust and innovative start-up sector is key to sustainable economic growth. For innovation to occur, however, enterprises must have both the incentive and the capacity to invest. Incentives are multi-faceted and heavily reliant on the overall investment climate. Capacity depends on the education level of employees and management, their experience in rapid adaptation of products and processes, and their access to funds for R&D and commercialization.

APRIL 28, 2016

4.0 Schools Eyes Kansas City as the Next Hub for Education Innovation

Organization will partner with The Lean Lab to expand, train more education entrepreneurs to solve problems facing public schools

APRIL 28, 2016

A Billion Reasons to Encourage Immigrant Startups

Two recent studies emphasize the need for an update of current immigration policy.

APRIL 26, 2016

Swimming in the Deluge of Data

Christopher Laubenthal, program officer in Education, describes the difference between data availability and accessibility and how EdWise can be used as a tool for those trying to dissect information.

APRIL 26, 2016

Thirty nine new teacher residents ready to start work

Innovative program modeled from medical residencies prepares aspiring teachers to become effective urban educators

APRIL 25, 2016

The plural of anecdote is data

Anecdotes, the knowing narrative, and hard data -- Kauffman VP of research Dane Stangler explains why the plural of anecdote is data

APRIL 25, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: HALOS Act Hits House Floor

Congress will likely vote on the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act this Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot, chairman of the Small Business Committee, attempts to make it simpler for startups to raise capital at public pitch events for groups of angel investors.

APRIL 25, 2016

University Research Brings the Local Closer to the Global

Universities traditionally measure their impact on entrepreneurship locally. At last month’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), Bill Aulet from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reminded us that in a world where national boundaries are porous to both innovation and knowledge creation, assessing our impact globally can be a strong driver of collective performance improvement.

APRIL 25, 2016

EDA Adds $5 Million to i6 Challenge Competition

The U.S. Economic Development Administration added an extra $5 million to its i6 Challenge for 2016 -- bringing the total dollars available through the program to $13 million. The i6 Challenge competition helps regions build capacity through creation and expansion of cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs.

APRIL 22, 2016

3 Tax Topics that Tax Entrepreneurs

Research shows a complex tax system costs small firms, tax incentives do not spur job creation and state taxes can have an important impact on growth.

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