Startup Communities

Places that attract and support innovative entrepreneurs are building vibrant startup ecosystems that can spur the economic growth, create jobs, and build healthy communities.

Kauffman Foundation Research Finds that Grassroots Entrepreneurs Think Locally, Act Locally

04/16/14 New report offers lessons for any city trying to build a strong entrepreneurship community.

Think Locally, Act Locally: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

04/16/14 This report analyzes behavioral patterns of entrepreneurs who participate in 1 Million Cups (1MC) Kansas City, a Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation program designed to engage, educate, and connect entrepreneurs.

Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity Interactive

04/09/14 As the nation's employment rate continued to improve, America's overall business creation rate declined slightly from 0.30 percent of American adults per month starting businesses in 2012 to 0.28 percent in 2013.

How Cities Can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs

04/03/14 This paper discusses the importance of cultural entrepreneurs, particularly since the Great Recession.

In The New York Times: Behind the Scenes at 1 Million Cups, Where Startups Receive Advice, Connections and Caffeine

03/12/14 Reporting from San Diego, Columbia, Mo., Orlando, and Kansas City, this piece notes the rapid growth of the 1 Million Cups program.

On Exploring University Impact on Metro Startup Hubs

02/03/14 How much do local research universities impact the high-tech startup activity in a metro area?

Kauffman Foundation's 1 Million Cups Continues Expansion with 3 Cities Launched in January

01/29/14 1 Million Cups is now serving up entrepreneurial education and facilitating collaboration among entrepreneurs in Fargo, N.D., Fort Collins, Colo., and Provo, Utah.


01/29/14 StartupScholars is a new summer internship program that will pair Kauffman Scholars with early stage entrepreneurs in Kansas City. Through StartupScholars, student interns will have the opportunity to develop 21st-century workplace skills, cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, and contribute to the Kansas City community.

‘ID8 Nation’ Tells the Research Triangle’s Story of Entrepreneurship

01/23/14 'ID8 Nation' explores why North Carolina's Research Triangle is striving to become one of the top five entrepreneurial hotspots in the country.

1 Million Cups

01/23/14 1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.