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EshipCity: Zero Barriers Movement

When Victor Hwang, vice president of Entrepreneurship, came to the Kauffman Foundation, it became very clear to him that there was a renewal happening in the heartland.
It’s important to witness this grassroots resurgence first hand. We need to listen to the entrepreneurs who are making things happen in their communities. We want to hear their stories of how they are fighting day after day to build great businesses in the new economy and what barriers stand in their way. And we want to find out how a community can foster and support the entrepreneurial spirit.

Kauffman Sketchbook - "The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship"

Arnobio Morelix, senior research analyst at the Kauffman Foundation, discusses the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship.

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.

The Connectivity of Hip-Hop’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Connectivity, specifically, is never more evident than in hip-hop’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

What the Changing Nature of Work Means for Entrepreneurship

The traditional employer-employee work relationship is changing, brought on in part by the business model of young, innovative firms. This Policy Digest explores the impact of the platform economy on entrepreneurship and provides policy recommendations.

The Economic Impact of High-Growth Startups

High-growth firms are a rare phenomenon in entrepreneurship that have a big impact on the economy. This Entrepreneurship Policy Digest offers insights on how to create fertile ground for growth.

Startup Activity in America -- A Look at Startup Policy and the Kauffman Index

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

”Normal” Jobs are a Safety Net for Entrepreneurs

The right incentives can go a long way towards successful entrepreneurship. How does a functional, healthy labor market help entrepreneurs?

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship brings mayors and entrepreneurship experts together to discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities.