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

JULY 07, 2015

Funding Innovations Part 1: Changing the Dynamics of Funding with the Peer Selection Model

Kauffman researcher, Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores the innovative funding model: Peer Selection.

JULY 06, 2015

American Capitalism – Toward a New History: Technology’s Influence on Politics

Angus Burgin of Johns Hopkins University discusses his work on how technological changes have impacted political debate for part 2 of a 3-part series on "American Capitalism – Toward a New History"

JULY 06, 2015

A New Research Imperative for Startup Finance

Policymakers adopted messaging and narratives around the importance of enabling “access to financing” long before the more recent policy efforts to support new firm formation. However, although the world of early stage capital has been transformed of recent by the introduction of crowdfunding and the merging of traditional types of angel and venture investing, we still know very little about the impact of recent policy interventions and whether they have increased access to financing for promising new ventures.

JULY 06, 2015

New Policy May Slow Tide of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

U.S. policymakers continue to debate immigration reform as many try to figure out a way to enable immigrants to start businesses in the United States after satisfying certain funding, employment, and other requirements. Meanwhile, India, the country that sends far and away more entrepreneurs to the U.S. than any other, has a new policy that might help keep more of that startup talent at home.

JULY 06, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Technology Tops List

With members of Congress returning to Washington after the Fourth of July festivities in their home states and districts, technology seems to be the theme of the week ahead.

JULY 02, 2015

Beyond the Minimum: Why Corporate Social Responsibility Matters for Every Business

Corporate Social Responsibility is not only for large corporations; it should be a piece of every entrepreneur’s strategy.

JULY 01, 2015

Applications Now Open for ‘One in a Million’ Startup Competition

The Kauffman Foundation launches a pitch competition for those presenters to vie for the chance to be named “One in a Million” and win a first-place prize of $10,000.

JUNE 30, 2015

Internet of Things: Machines of Loving Grace or Maximum Overdrive?

The Internet of Things is coming and it presents concerns and opportunities.

JUNE 29, 2015

The Sharing Economy: Access Trumps Ownership

The recent ruling by the California Labor Commission the declared an Uber driver was an employee rather than an independent contractor sent shockwaves through the sharing economy – with policy implications that will reverberate for quite some time. Lisa Gansky was at the forefront of the sharing trend when she founded Ofoto, a photo-sharing service launched in 1999, that was bought out by Eastman Kodak and eventually folded into Shutterfly.

JUNE 29, 2015

Experienced Educator to Lead New Kansas City Teacher Residency

Charles King will be responsible for developing innovative program designed to prepare aspiring teachers to become effective urban educators.

JUNE 29, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Independence Day Recess

Members of Congress are back home this week for a state/district work period during the Independence Day recess. They will return to Washington next Monday.

JUNE 29, 2015

US Schools Dominate Top MBA Programs for Entrepreneurship

Aspiring entrepreneurs take different paths to launch their first startup. Some wait until they near retirement. Some drop out of college hoping to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. Others don't even make it that far. For those who decide to pursue an MBA as a first step, a new study from the Financial Times outlines the top programs for entrepreneurs -- with seven of the top 10 in the United States.

JUNE 29, 2015

Looking Forward: Data Collection and Releases

Ron Jarmin (U.S. Census Bureau) discusses the future of data collection and releases.

JUNE 26, 2015

Lessons from the Kauffman Index: Immigrants are Infused with Entrepreneurial Energy

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson dives into the Kauffman Index: Startup Activity and emphasizes the importance of the role immigrants play in entrepreneurship.

JUNE 25, 2015

Welcoming Women and Parents: Reimagining Startup Culture

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch looks at how startup culture can be more inclusive to women and parents.

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