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

OCTOBER 13, 2015

Research in Demand: Data from Kauffman Emerging Scholars

With a new tool to track papers, usages, and other metrics on our Kauffman Emerging Scholars, we decided to look at each cohort of past dissertation fellows to see how many publications and impacts each group has made.

OCTOBER 12, 2015

Insights from the Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference

Highlights of 3 papers presented at the 2015 Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference.

OCTOBER 12, 2015

The 2015 Mayors Conference in 13 Tweets

Read Twitter highlights from the 2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in Albuquerque, New Mexico

OCTOBER 09, 2015

Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Inspired by research on the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth and improved wellbeing, many governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations have sought over the past decade to implement policies and programs intended to support entrepreneurs

OCTOBER 09, 2015

Crowdfunding and Follow-On Investments

Guest author, Sunil Wattal of Temple University, discusses his study which seeks to answer the question: Does the identification of prior investors lead to greater follow-on investment in a new venture in equity-based crowdfunding?

OCTOBER 08, 2015

Disruption of Workforce Standards in the New Platform Era

Technology platforms are changing the way we do things every day. But how is it changing the way we work? The Institute for the Future organization brought together a group of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and funders to ask ourselves how we can better prepare ourselves for these changes at the Positive Platforms for a Workable Future convening.

OCTOBER 08, 2015

The Atlantic Entrepreneurial Community: Challenges and Trends

A field report on the challenges and trends for the Atlantic entrepreneurial community.

OCTOBER 07, 2015

Ewing Marion Kauffman School

An overview of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Charter School.

OCTOBER 07, 2015

Fifteen Entrepreneurs Selected as Semifinalists in the Kauffman Foundation’s ‘One in a Million’ Startup Competition

Fifteen entrepreneurs from nine states ranging from Oregon to Florida have been chosen as semifinalists in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “One in a Million” pitch competition for startup entrepreneurs.

OCTOBER 06, 2015

2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship brings together mayors and entrepreneurship experts from around the country to share best practices about promoting startup activity and to discuss ways to encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities.

OCTOBER 05, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Smart Chips, Broadband and More

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Smart Chips, Broadband and More

OCTOBER 05, 2015

Six Strategies to Create Strong Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

As policymakers throughout the country -- and around the world -- look for ways to help entrepreneurs launch and grow new businesses, a new research paper from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation underscores the importance of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

OCTOBER 05, 2015

Challenging A Risk-Averse Government Procurement Culture

Young companies face bigger challenges when bidding for government contracts. Yet, until recently, procurement reform has been absent from the discussion table when policymakers debate the role of government in supporting startups.

OCTOBER 02, 2015

Crowdfunding, Risk, and Syndicates

Kauffman research analyst Chris Jackson delves into the risks that crowdfunding presents to investors, and how a growing number of syndicates may provide useful information to decrease exposure to that risk

OCTOBER 02, 2015

Top Entrepreneurship Papers of September: What Made the List?

Each month, we’re hoping to better answer the question: what’s being read by academics with an interest in entrepreneurship? In September 2015, these were the most downloaded entrepreneurship papers.

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