Jason Wiens

Jason Wiens is policy director in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s policy outreach and education initiatives to federal, state, and local elected officials. Wiens also oversees a grant portfolio of policy-related research and is the lead author of the Entrepreneurship Policy Digest. His writing has appeared in Roll Call, The Hill, Washington Monthly, Real Clear Policy, and Forbes.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Wiens was deputy legislative director for U.S. Senator Jerry Moran where he provided counsel to the Senator and oversaw the development and implementation of the Senator’s legislative agenda. He led bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate related to entrepreneurship, immigration, and economic mobility.

Wiens earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

A Startup Visa is Profoundly Pro-American Entrepreneur

10/31/17
The lack of immigrant visa category for entrepreneurs creates a barrier that harms both immigrant and American entrepreneurs who have formed teams to launch startups.


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A Startup Visa is Profoundly Pro-American Entrepreneur

10/17/17
A startup visa would allow immigrant founders who met certain criteria to be entrepreneurs in America and later become permanent residents—keeping their talents here where they will benefit other American entrepreneurs.
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International Entrepreneur Rule: The Good, the Bad and the Unknown

10/17/16
The Kauffman Foundation gave feedback today on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed International Entrepreneur Rule. The rule would allow certain immigrant entrepreneurs to remain in the United States for the purpose of operating and growing their startup.
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Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Just the Facts

10/04/16
Greater acceptance of immigrant entrepreneurs can boost falling rates of firm formation, create jobs for Americans and spur economic growth.
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Startup Activity in America -- A Look at Startup Policy and the Kauffman Index

09/01/16
Policy Director Jason Wiens and Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix share presentations and findings around the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity and what policymakers can do to affect it
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Combatting the Geographic Divide between Rich and Poor

05/09/16
From presidential candidates to pundits, a lot of people are talking these days about income inequality. What gets much less attention, however, is the geographic manifestation of the divide between rich and poor.
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Presenting a GPS for Entrepreneurship Policymaking at SXSW

03/14/16
I was asked by a reporter last month whether I thought entrepreneurship was at risk in this election. My answer was no; entrepreneurship is not at risk because entrepreneurs will always pursue their dreams.

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Following Through: Putting Good Ideas in Action

02/29/16
Last week, I wrote about the real sense of economic stagnancy many Americans feel and some ways in which policy focused on entrepreneurship can create broad-based, inclusive economic growth. But great ideas are not worth much if they cannot be implemented.
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Entrepreneurship Can Give the Recovery a Second Wind

02/22/16
By all accounts, the 2016 presidential campaign has thus far been anything but ordinary. An unconventional candidate with no record of public service has built broad support and a “Democratic socialist” who advocates higher taxes, free college tuition, and more and better paying jobs is giving the presumptive Democratic Party nominee a run for her money.

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Entrepreneurship: The Key to a New Era of American Growth and Opportunity

02/15/16
Every four years, Americans engage in a great national debate about the future of our country. Candidates for highest office offer their visions of what the United States can be and roadmaps for how we get there.

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