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Accelerating Early-Stage Innovations for Market
Advancing Innovation Along the Long Tail
Laura Dorival Paglione, Director, Kauffman Innovation Network, discusses moving away from narrow markets ruled by "the tyranny of the hit" (the old
focus on best-sellers) to focus on the "long tail" markets where non-hits and specialty goods can
flourish as well.
Beyond Licensing and Incubators
After years of studying how
innovation works (or fails to work) in and around universities, says Lesa Mitchell, Vice President, Advancing Innovation, the Kauffman Foundation is finding
emerging new solutions to accelerate innovation and commercialization at universities.
How a Dose of Reality Can Make Science More Visionary
E. A. Fitzgerald, Professor of Materials Engineering, MIT, asks How do we know that university scientists are working on the best
possible research projects to begin with? The ones with the greatest chances of
bearing the most fruit?
Video Insights from Lesa Mitchell
See Lesa Mitchell provide insights into the Kauffman Foundation's work
in Advancing Innovation. The Insights section of our Multmedia Center
features the thoughtful observations of Kauffman associates on a wide
range of topics. These video highlights capture the Kauffman approach
to think differently and turn ideas into practical, sustainable
A conversation with Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Our nation’s universities produce some of the most important basic and applied research in the world, contributing to America’s competitiveness and prosperity in the global economy. University spinoff companies have the potential to become high-growth firms, in some cases creating entire new industries that not only change our lives but also generate hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Nicholas Donofrio, Kauffman Senior Fellow and retired executive vice president of Innovation and Technology, IBM, believes the innovations that matter now are the ones that unlock the hidden value that exists at the intersection of deep knowledge of a problem and intimate knowledge of a market.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The Kauffman Foundation's vision is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder's wishes, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.
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