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.

Kauffman Sketchbook - "The Wizard of Fundz"

04/22/14 Slava Rubin, founder and chief executive of Indiegogo, offers advice for running a successful online crowdfunding campaign.

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.

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.

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.

Kauffman Foundation 2013 State of Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

02/05/13 The Kauffman Foundation addresses challenges and opportunities in financing new and young companies at its fourth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address at the National Press Club in Washington.

Kauffman Foundation 2013 State of Entrepreneurship Address

02/05/13 The Kauffman Foundation addresses challenges and opportunities in financing new and young companies at its fourth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address at the National Press Club in Washington. Remarks from Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and Kauffman President and CEO Tom McDonnell open the program.

Private Equity and Entrepreneurship: An Inequitable Match

10/03/12 This paper discusses investment options for entrepreneurial ventures and discusses appropriateness of private equity as an option.

A Market-Based Approach for Crossing the Valley of Death: The Benefits of a Capital Gains Exemption for Investments in Startups

07/17/12 New companies with high growth potential – and with high potential to create jobs – often struggle to obtain sufficient capital to cross the so-called "Valley of Death" in the process from concept to prototype. With continued economic uncertainty, government funding is no longer a guaranteed solution, and private investors have become increasingly risk averse. According to a report released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, both startup activity and investment would be increased by a permanent tax exemption on capital gains on investments in startups held for at least five years.

Kauffman Sketchbook - "A Rising Tide"

06/27/12 Alicia Robb, Senior Research Fellow, Kauffman Foundation and Co-author, A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms discusses the book.