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Kauffman Sketchbook - "Zero Barriers to Startup"

Victor Hwang, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Entrepreneurship, notes the contributions entrepreneurs make to their communities and invites people to join the Zero Barriers to Startup movement, which is based on the belief that regardless of race, gender or where they live, individuals have a fundamental right to start a business without confusion and artificial barriers.

Zero Barriers at State of Entrepreneurship 2017

At the recent 2017 Annual State of Entrepreneurship Address, the Kauffman Foundation issued a challenge, to policymakers, entrepreneurs and their supporters alike, to join the Zero Barriers movement to help clear the path for the makers, the doers, the dreamers. The post-Recession rebound is not reversing a long-term decline in startups; we are calling on everyone who fights for entrepreneurs to join us in breaking down barriers to rev up the startup rate. See what happens when more than 150 policymakers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders work together to solve challenges facing startups today.

2017 State of Entrepreneurship Address

The 8th annual State of Entrepreneurship Address discussed the resurgence of entrepreneurship in the United States, but also that three megatrends must be taken into account to reverse the longer term decline of startups.

Kauffman Foundation Vice President to Present Trends Shaping Entrepreneurship to U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee

Victor Hwang will propose a new approach to reversing this decline that focuses on supporting the entrepreneurs who create opportunity, wealth and jobs in the United States.

Including People of Color in the Promise of Entrepreneurship

Continued disparity in entrepreneurship among people of color requires understanding of the unique challenges they face and for private and public sectors to broaden entrepreneurial opportunity.

The 2016 Mayors Conference in 14 Tweets

Read Twitter highlights from the 2016 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in St. Petersburg, Florida.

How Does Occupational Licensing Affect Employment and Recidivism?

Formerly incarcerated individuals face substantial obstacles to employment when they leave prison, including occupational licensing requirements that exclude those with criminal records from specific professions.

Policy Changes Needed to Unlock Employment and Entrepreneurial Opportunity for 100 Million Americans with Criminal Records, Kauffman Research Shows

Men of color disproportionately affected by barriers

Rethinking occupational licensing policy could counter recidivism, encourage entrepreneurship and boost the American economy

Main Street Entrepreneurs are Economic and Community Pillars

This Policy Digest examines how Main Street entrepreneurs tend to have deep roots in their communities and encounter distinct policy challenges.

Mayors Must Be Policy Entrepreneurs

In tackling America’s startup problem, mayors should emulate entrepreneurs themselves: be bold, move quickly and embrace new ideas.