Entrepreneurial Finance

The funding landscape for entrepreneurs includes a wide range of financing options from bootstrapping to venture capital and raises questions about equity ownership for startups.

Insights on the Next American Economy

08/07/14 The Roosevelt Institute's Next American Economy project identifies the trends and challenges that will shape our economy in the next twenty-five years to better inform the policy decisions we must make today.

On HBR Blog: Why VCs Get Rich, Even When They Make Bad Investments

08/05/14 Are venture capital firms coming up short in terms of their returns to investors? Foundation senior fellow Diane Mulcahy thinks so, and the data supports her view.

On Forbes.com: The Growing Potential of Intrastate Crowdfunding

05/29/14 Kauffman Foundation Policy Engagement Manager Jason Wiens examines the benefits of intrastate crowdfunding in an article for Forbes.com.

On Entrepreneur.com: Preparing to Meet with an Investor

05/27/14 In this Entrepreneur.com article, Amanda Schnieders, specialist in Entrepreneurship, offers four steps to prepare for meetings with potential investors in order to increase confidence and success.

Creating Your Own Angel Investor Group: A Guide for Emerging and Frontier Markets

05/21/14 New to angel investing? This international guidebook highlights the successes and challenges of angel groups in emerging and frontier markets.

Kauffman Sketchbook - "The Wizard of Fundz"

02/03/14 Slava Rubin, founder and chief executive of Indiegogo, offers advice for running a successful online crowdfunding campaign.

Crowdfunding Primer

08/27/13 The basics of crowdfunding is told from the perspectives of Jase Wilson, founder and CEO of civic crowdfunding platform Neighbor.ly, who shares fundraising guidance; Jason Ried and Claude Aldridge, cofounders of Trellie, who tell their experience using Kickstarter to launch their business; and Nate Allen, founder and CEO of data-visualization firm 4 First Names, who presents data that he scraped from Kickstarter and what it means for companies considering crowdfunding.

Slava Rubin - How to Raise $1 Million in 30 Days or Less

08/27/13 How to Raise $1 Million in 30 Days or Less — Slava Rubin, cofounder of international crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, shares best practices for startup funding and answers questions about his own entrepreneurial journey, how to create an effective campaign, and more.

An Overview of the Kauffman Firm Survey: Results from 2011 Business Activities

The Kauffman Firm Survey started with a cohort of nearly 5,000 firms that began operations in 2004. This cohort is tracked annually and asked an extensive set of detailed questions that cover a range of topics such as the background of the founders, the sources and amounts of financing, firm strategies and innovations, and outcomes such as sales, profits, and survival. This report, with results through 2011, is the final iteration of the Kauffman Firm Survey.

Will It Be You?

Aspiring entrepreneurs at every stage can find the best path for their next step on this list of Kauffman-supported resources.