The Kauffman Foundation's annual 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.
Dane Stangler, vice president of Research & Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, discusses four persistent myths about entrepreneurship.
With expectations of an improving economy steadily increasing, the nation’s newest business owners’ confidence remained high in first-quarter 2014.
Enjoy a selection of photos from the life of our founder, Ewing Kauffman.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James, through Turn the Page KC and in collaboration with The Family Conservancy convened a community conversation at the Kauffman Foundation aimed at elevating the “Talk, Read, Play” campaign.
A Kauffman Foundation video goes behind the scenes at TEDxKC to follow Jase Wilson, winner of the 2014 TEDxKC Challenge to present an idea with the power to change the narrative in Kansas City.
With expectations of an improving economy steadily increasing, the nation’s newest business owners’ confidence remained high in first-quarter 2014, according to the Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.
Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, co-founders and co-CEOs of Warby Parker, share practical advice for early-stage entrepreneurs
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.
The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity is a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States.
The Kauffman Foundation addresses growing challenges in new business creation and economic dynamism at its fifth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address at the National Press Club in Washington.
How do we get to a more prosperous American economy? Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Tom McDonnell outlines the key themes in the Foundation's "America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda" report.
Josh Mendelsohn, Engine co-founder moderates a discussion featuring "Washington Wonks" and "Policy Pundits" pitching their best policy ideas for entrepreneurial growth.
Buoyed by belief in an improving economy, the nation’s newest business owners’ confidence leapt in the fourth-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.
Slava Rubin, founder and chief executive of Indiegogo, offers advice for running a successful online crowdfunding campaign.
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.
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.
This video was created by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Kauffman FastTrac. Kauffman FastTrac's mission has remained the same for over 20 years...to train entrepreneurs to start and grow companies successfully.
Gary Schoeniger, founder and CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), outlines some of the misconceptions and myths about the entrepreneurial process that have limited the efficacy, scale and scope of programs designed to teach entrepreneurship.
The Kauffman Foundation brought the international competition "Get in the Ring" to the United States for the first time as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013.
Ceaseless uncertainty in Washington and mixed signals from economic indicators have not dampened the outlook of new business owners.
A selection of photos from the life of our founder, Ewing Kauffman
In Javier Quinonez's Scholar Story, he shares the story of overcoming obstacles on his path to joining the Kauffman Scholars program. With the help of a new friend, he comes to realize that there will always be someone there to help you. Javier talks about the high expectations set by the Kauffman Scholars program, and the need to step out of your comfort zone to get what you want in life.
In Kenneth Herron's Scholar Story, he discusses the responsibility he felt to be a role model to his younger siblings by being the first in his family to attend college. With the help of the Kauffman Scholars program, he overcame his anxiety of transitioning to post-secondary education. Kenneth talks about his love of writing and the surprise of winning a special award at the University of Nebraska. He follows in the footsteps of Ewing Kauffman by giving back to young people and setting an example of what they can achieve.
Startup business owners' confidence reached the highest level since the study was initiated.
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.
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.
In Jennifer Pegues' Scholar Story, she shares her accomplishments and credits Kauffman Scholars with helping her to reach important academic and life goals. As college graduation approaches, Jennifer is committed to giving back and helping others discover their potential and find lifelong success.
In Samira Ali's Scholar Story, she reflects on her journey thus far as a Kauffman Scholar. Having overcome malaria as a child in East Africa, Samira is making the most of her second chance in life. When she completes her medical education, she wants to return and give back to the community that supported her. She shares how Kauffman Scholars is helping her achieve this dream.
In Stephanie Truong's Scholar Story, she describes what it's like to be the first member of her family to attend college. Stephanie is working hard to make her mom and Kauffman Scholars proud. She considers Kauffman Scholars the anchor, the light at the end of a tunnel that has helped her overcome big challenges and doubts along the way.
In Shimeka's Scholar Story, she shares how her life experiences convinced her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way, including Kauffman Scholars. She's finding her place in this world, putting her energy into herself and her education, so that one day she, too, can help to change other people's lives.
Neil Grimmer, president and cofounder of Plum Organics explains how entrepreneurs can apply the principles of design thinking to develop a new product, business or an entire industry.
New business formation in 2011 rose for the first time since 2006, the largest percentage increase in nearly a decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest Business Dynamics Statistics report. This Kauffman Foundation analysis finds that the smallest of these new firms represent most of the increase in firm formation in 2011.
David Lang, co-founder of OpenROV, which makes open-source underwater robots, and author of the book Zero to Maker presents at Maker Faire Kansas City on June 29, 2013.
Jon Medved, a serial entrepreneur and one of Israel's leading high-tech venture capitalists, talks about the role the country's innovative nature and cultural elements play to help startup activity and entrepreneurship flourish.
Toby Rush, EyeVerify CEO, describes his personal experience with tech transfer while acquiring his newest startup from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, involving eye vein biometrics on a mobile platform. Google Fiber can produce universal connectivity whether its by landline or mobile, providing a swifter correspondence between ourselves and the world beyond.
Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, pays tribute to the innovative nature, instinct for the future, and unconventional approach that enables entrepreneurs to create something new.
"A Rising Tide" details the surge of women entrepreneurs, explains how they approach success and financing, and illuminates their importance in our nation's economic strength.
Ewing Kauffman's most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Kauffman wanted his foundation to be innovative—to dig deep and get at the roots of issues to fundamentally change outcomes in people's lives. He wanted to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get a quality education that would enable them to reach their full potential. He saw building enterprise as one of the most effective ways to realize individual promise and spur the economy. Today the mission of the Kauffman Foundation mirrors Ewing Kauffman's commitment to fostering both ends of the opportunity continuum: education and entrepreneurship.
Early-stage business owners’ confidence is climbing, according to the first-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.
Take a look back at the growth of 1 Million Cups over the program's first year. Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation created 1 Million Cups (1MC) as a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in the Kansas City community. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local startups an opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.
Maria Meyers, Founder of U.S.SourceLink, talks about how the network connects multiple types of entrepreneurs with the community resources they need to succeed.
View highlights from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2013 in Rio De Janeiro as delegates from around the world prepare for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 in November.
Big Kansas City is a two-and-a-half-day shared conference experience. Four hundred of the nation's most heartfelt hustlers, builders, entrepreneurs, change agents and doers come together to hear stories of innovation from more than a dozen leading speakers, create lasting connections within the regional and national community and walk away with an energy to follow their passions.
Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation created 1 Million Cups (1MC) as a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in the Kansas City community. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local startups an opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.
Alana Muller, Author of Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking, talks about the benefits of networking.
The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world—where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. The 2013 Congress takes place from March 18 – 21, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with core sessions taking place at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and fringe events held throughout Rio.
"Energizing an Ecosystem: Brewing 1 Million Cups" presents results of an initial survey among 1MC participants to identify their demographic characteristics, information about whether they were a founder or co-founder of a startup, and their attendance patterns at 1MC.
Students in Kansas City deserve a high-quality education. Schools in Kansas City need teachers committed to closing the educational achievement gap, particularly for our city's most underserved students. If you are a teacher who is ready to raise expectations and change the trajectory of Kansas City youth, we ask you to watch our video and consider "An Invitation to Teach in Kansas City."
Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, an online hardware store for designers, describes the revolution in digital manufacturing and desktop fabrication.
Paul Kedrosky, Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, suggests that the best entrepreneurs are people who scratch their own itch.
Desh Deshpande, entrepreneur and co-founder of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT and the Deshpande Foundation, recounts his entrepreneurial journey that began in India and flourished in the United States.
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.
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.
Kauffman Foundation and Lorain County Community College announce three schools to pilot a program that invests in, mentors and motivates high-growth entrepreneurs.
Katherine "Kay" Merseth, senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, takes on the vexing issue of school reform in the newest installment of the Kauffman Sketchbook series.
In "The Half-Life of Facts," Samuel Arbesman, Kauffman Foundation senior scholar, explains that knowledge should never be assumed, and facts never taken for granted.
Geoffrey Clapp, Health Technology Entrepreneur and Advisor to Rock Health, former CTO/COO at Health Hero Network, Inc, Director of Engineering at Eastman Kodak, Kodak Imagination Works and Senior Engineer at Apple Computer, Inc. discusses his philosophies on entrepreneurship.
A new study shows that, for the first time, business creation by veteran status at the individual level over the past 16 years. This infographic presents new data on entrepreneurship rates by veteran status from 1996-2011.
While a majority of startup business owners do not believe the economy will grow in the next 12 months, 83 percent are nonetheless confident that their own profits will, according to the fourth-quarter Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.
Jonathan Ortmans, Global Entrepreneurship Week President and Kauffman Senior Fellow explains Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Sam Arbesman, Senior Scholar in Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation discusses his new book, The Half-Life of Facts.
Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group & Author, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City,a talks about startup communities.
Entrepreneurs use iStart to share their business ideas and post what they need to start or grow their companies — such as partners, mentoring, marketing analysis and legal help — and find business competitions that offer feedback and prizes.
A new Kauffman Foundation study finds that the number of high-tech, immigrant-founded startups — a critical source of fuel for the U.S. economy — has stagnated and is on the verge of decline.
Robert Litan, Co-author of Better Capitalism: Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy talks about the book he wrote with Carl Schramm.
"The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies," a report series released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, reveals that high numbers of fast-growing firms are concentrated in unexpected regions and industrial sectors.
Emily Black, interpretive planner at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, discusses the growing importance of technology for art museums around the country. With the coming of Google Fiber to Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins hopes to take even more advantage of the opportunities to broadcast new displays to online viewers, connect students with master painters, sculptors and more across the world and continue the museum experience for visitors once they've left the building.
Diane Scott, Director of Programming for Artist, INC, explains the importance of technology in the art arena now more than ever. With new technologies emerging, artists have the ability to extend their presence nationally and internationally all while still in Kansas City. These new types of artists and the emergence of Google Fiber can turn the area into a new type of art hub, one that is innovative and entrepreneurial.
iStart introduction with Katie Petersen
Here. Us. Now. A Family's Fight to Bring Medical Innovation HomeChris and Hugh Hempel are in the fight of their lives. Their twin daughters, Addison and Cassidy, have been diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C, a rare and incurable genetic disease that causes progressive neurological deterioration. As the devastating effects of the disease begin to take hold, the Hempels enter a world of complex medical literature, complicated clinical trials, and cumbersome regulatory mazes where new drug discovery, invention, and approval are slow and ineffective.
Crosby Kemper III, executive director of Kansas City Public Library, explains the importance of libraries in providing the community with Internet access for their everyday needs. With the help of Google Fiber's new services, public institutions will play an even bigger part in assisting community residents with lifelong learning and everyday technology to which they may not have regular access.
Entrepreneurs' expectations for the U.S. economy declined overall, but there is a significant optimism gap between older entrepreneurs and those between the ages of 18 and 40, according to the third-quarter Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.
See the impact and expanding reach of FastTrac's entrepreneurship education programs.
Chris Barnickel, Assistant Director of Libraries for Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, explains the library's innovative plans for new services at the library, including health kiosks and technology testing incubators. With the help of Google Fiber, Kansas City libraries on both sides of the state line are taking part in a collaborative discussion about the future.
Sandra Lawrence, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Children's Mercy, talks about the advantages of telehealth services within schools, providing children with immediate medical diagnosis and taking the strain of transportation of parents. Lawrence also explains the barrier that sits between telehealth and more available services.
U.S. company founders from Korea, Russia, India and other countries share the potential benefits of expanding the number of green cards so more immigrant entrepreneurs can create companies and jobs in the United States. Right now, visa backlogs are forcing high-skilled immigrants to return to their home countries.
Brink Lindsey, Senior Scholar in Research and Policy for the Kauffman Foundation discusses his new book, Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter - and More Unequal.
Caregiv CEO Jeff Pfaff's latest endeavor provides caregivers, doctors or relatives with direct contact to their patient or family member--through their own TV. Caregiv is a telehealth service that allows a patient to meet with their doctors without ever leaving their home. This service demonstrates the benefit of a fiber network in allowing patients to interact with their family members or doctors on a regular basis without the hassle of going to a hospital or doctor's office.
Barbara Atkinson, former executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center, provides explanation of telehealth and the advantages of using telehealth services in Kansas City. With the help of Google Fiber, telehealth services can lower the cost of health care for individuals, and produce fewer hospital and emergency room admissions.
Dave Dalton, creator of Hammerspace, explains the importance of Maker labs for inventors, creators and artists. Dalton describes the advantages of a Google Fiber network for expanding creative ideas through teleconference meetings.
Maker Faire 2012 participants in Kansas City give their definition of what qualifies as a maker.
Dave Dalton created Hammerspace, an open lab for inventors, programmers, and artists, in order to give "makers" a place to grow their passions without having to buy every piece of equipment they might need. Bringing different skills and levels of experience together fosters an educational atmosphere for all.
Need proof that interest in entrepreneurship is alive and well in the United States and around the world? Consider the 5,000-plus individuals who have already taken the "Are You An Entrepreneur?" survey, adapted from a Kauffman FastTrac questionnaire and posted on forbes.com.
Alicia Robb, Senior Research Fellow, Kauffman Foundation and Co-author, A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms discusses the book.
Highlights from the 2012 Kansas City Maker Faire
Creator of Integrated Roadways, Tim Sylvester illustrates the use of tech transfer within his utility-accessible pavement slab startup. Sylvester explains the importance of entrepreneurial endeavors in Kansas City, and urges innovative thinkers to invest in the ideas of local researchers and other data filled entities in order to make Kansas City "the most entrepreneurial city in the world".
Maria Meyers, U.S. Source Link Director, explains importance of tech transfer in today's growing, innovative world. With the help of Google Fiber, tech transfer will connect new ideas with entrepreneurs and companies looking to create new businesses and services in a quicker and more efficient manner.
Video about the FastTrac curriculum for Female Entrepreneurs
Video about the FastTrac curriculum for Boomer Entrepreneurs
Video about the FastTrac curriculum for Veteran Entrepreneurs
An overview of Kauffman FastTrac and how the program can help entrepreneurs.
Learn more about the Startup Act 2.0
Highlights from Startup Weekend Kansas City, powered by the Kauffman Foundation.
Paul Kedrosky, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, talks about Google Fiber opportunities in Kansas City.
Philip Delves Broughton discusses his new book, The Art of the Sale: Learning from the Masters about the Business of Life.
Despite remaining generally confident about the prognosis for their own businesses, startup company owners sent mixed signals about their overall economic outlook for the next 12 months, according to the 2012 second quarter Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.
Noam Wasserman, Professor, Harvard Business School and Author, The Founder's Dilemmas discusses when to take the entrepreneurial leap.
Nick Donofrio, former Executive Vice President, Innovation & Technology at IBM talks about Google Fiber opportunities in Kansas City.
Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Blogger at MarginalRevolution.com talks about Economic Blogging.
Phil Auerswald, Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow, talks about his book, The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy.
Leah Marr, Literature Teacher, Ewing Marion Kauffman School, discusses setting high expectations for students and pushing teachers to provide the best education possible.
John Wilbanks of Science Commons talks about Google Fiber opportunities in Kansas City.
Quixotic. It means "controlled chaos". For a performance company that combines graphic design, music, dance, projections, this just about sums it up. Anthony Magliano created Quixotic almost six years ago, and it has been a wild ride ever since.
Kauffman Conversation with Bill Hambrecht, founder, chairman, and CEO of WR Hambrecht + Co.
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, talks about the Maker Faire Movement.
A look inside the Ewing Marion Kauffman School's efforts at creating college graduates.
54 Hours in the Startup Life - Startup Weekend CEO Marc Nager talks to Kauffman Foundation associates about the past, present, and future of the Startup Weekend movement.
The next great entrepreneur is out there. Will it be you?Kauffman Foundation 2012 Super Bowl Commercial"Will It Be You?"
FIRST Robotics and Project Lead the Way, Programs of the KC STEM Alliance
Kansas City - America's Most Entrepreneurial CityMayors Sylvester James and Joe Reardon of Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas
Paul Kedrosky, Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation discusses where entrepreneurs get their money.
In Search of the Magic Sauce
"Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers" explores the reasons behind lower business startup rates among women and proposes actions that would help to realize the promise of female entrepreneurs in escalating the economy.
An introduction to the Ewing Marion Kauffman School in Kansas CIty, Missouri
Highlights from Maker Faire Kansas City 2011
The Three Things Entrepreneurs Do for Our Economy
Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, speaks at the Kansas City Maker Faire 2011.
Highlights from the FIRST Robotics Kansas City Regional 2011
Owners of startup companies were surprisingly optimistic about 2012, according to the first Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index. More than one-fourth of the respondents said they plan to hire additional staff in 2012, and twice as many of them expect the economy to improve or stay the same (68 percent) as those who expect it to deteriorate (31 percent).
Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE Magazine, talks about Maker Faire in Kansas City.
Kauffman Conversation with Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE magazine.
Kauffman Conversation with Teach for America founder and CEO, Wendy Kopp.
Mr. Kauffman tells the story of founding Marion Labs.
Mr. Kauffman tells a story about his experience in the Navy.
Mr. Kauffman reflects on the Kansas City Royals.
Highlights from the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards 2010, produced by the Entrepreneurs' Organization and hosted by the Kauffman Foundation as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
An interactive map containing in-depth data from the 2010 State New Economy Index report.
Highlights from Startup Weekend - Education in San Francisco, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation
Kauffman Conversation with John WilbanksVice President of Science, Creative Commons
Kauffman Conversation with Col. Jeffrey Peterson, U.S. Military Academy. Peterson discusses how the military can use economics as a weapon in stability operations, and the need to teach economic principles to military leaders.
Learn more about the Entrepreneur's Pledge at entrepreneurship.org.
The story of Teach for America corps members in Kansas City working relentlessly to increase the academic achievement of their students
Video highlights from the FIRST Robotics Kansas City Regional 2010
Kauffman Conversation with Jon Medved, an Israeli venture capitalist turned entrepreneur. Medved's work and his role in Israel's economic and entrepreneurial success are described in the book Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer.
Kauffman Convesation with Amar Bhidé, author of The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World
Kay Merseth, author of the book Inside Urban Charter Schools, shares her thoughts about charter schools with the Kauffman Foundation.
Kauffman Conversation with Desh Deshpande, entrepreneur, member of the MIT Corporation, and trustee of the Deshpande Foundation, a philanthropy dedicated to funding non-profits in Massachusetts and in the Hubli-Dharwad region of Karnataka, India.
Kauffman Conversation with Ramana Nanda of the Harvard Business School. Nanda discusses his research in entrepreneurial finance and his Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
Kauffman Foundation Public Service Announcement - "I Have an Idea"A public service announcement produced by the Kauffman Foundation reminds us of the power of innovative entrepreneurs whose energy and insights lead to breakthrough technologies, put people to work, renew our economy and advance social welfare. With entrepreneurship at the center of the global economic stage, our message is simple: an entrepreneur with an idea can change the world.
A Kauffman Conversation with Tyler Cowen of marginalrevolution.com at the Economic Bloggers Forum hosted by the Kauffman Foundation
Kauffman Conversation with Scott Weir of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Scott discusses the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation.
Kauffman Conversation with Dr. Robert BallardFounder and President of the Institute for Exploration, Mystic Aquarium, Connecticu