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One in a Million

One in a Million 2015 is a Kauffman Foundation competition for 1 Million Cups (1MC) startup presenters who apply to participate. Those entrepreneurs with the best presentations and most promising startups will compete at the national finals, livestreamed during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.


A nationally-acclaimed Midwest entrepreneurial “immersion” program and powerful network for innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs.

Expanding Quality Support for Entrepreneurs

The Kauffman Foundation issues request for proposals to help scale and deepen the most promising programs that support entrepreneurs.

The Kauffman Foundation is accepting grant proposals from organizations that are exempt from taxes under sections 501(c)(3) or 115(2) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are seeking to expand programs that demonstrate evidence of success in supporting entrepreneurs in the United States.

Wanted: Scalable Programs That Help Entrepreneurs Succeed

The Kauffman Foundation today announces plans to award grants totaling up to $2 million to nonprofit organizations that help entrepreneurs navigate their most pressing challenges.

A New Research Imperative for Startup Finance

Policymakers adopted messaging and narratives around the importance of enabling “access to financing” long before the more recent policy efforts to support new firm formation. However, although the world of early stage capital has been transformed of recent by the introduction of crowdfunding and the merging of traditional types of angel and venture investing, we still know very little about the impact of recent policy interventions and whether they have increased access to financing for promising new ventures.

In Search of a Blueprint for Urban Civic Innovation Hubs

In pursuit of sparking their entrepreneurship ecosystems, cities are getting smarter at empowering local civic entrepreneurs to solve municipal challenges while catalyzing new local industries. According to Donna Harris of the Washington D.C.-based startup incubator 1776, a key ingredient is connectivity.

Majority of U.S. States See Resurgence of Startup Activity in 2015, According to Annual Kauffman Foundation Report

Startup activity bounced upward in 32 of the 50 U.S. states last year, and 18 of the nation’s top 40 metropolitan areas also saw increases in new venture activity.

Nation’s Startup Activity Reverses Five-Year Downward Trend, Annual Kauffman Index Reports

Reversing a downward cycle that began in 2009, U.S. startup activity ascended last year, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index: Startup Activity.