Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs are critical to the long-term health of our economy. We work to advance entrepreneurship education and training, to promote startup-friendly policies, and to understand what new firms need.

Kauffman's entrepreneurship work is national in scale and global in reach. Our entrepreneurship strategy supports entrepreneurs in the U.S. by expanding signature education programs, notably Founders School, FastTrac, and 1 Million Cups, and investing in proven education models. We also seek to foster startup communities and develop challenges to spur entrepreneurial activity in select metropolitan areas.

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JULY 06, 2015

American Capitalism – Toward a New History: Technology’s Influence on Politics

Angus Burgin of Johns Hopkins University discusses his work on how technological changes have impacted political debate for part 2 of a 3-part series on "American Capitalism – Toward a New History"

JULY 06, 2015

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.

JULY 06, 2015

New Policy May Slow Tide of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

U.S. policymakers continue to debate immigration reform as many try to figure out a way to enable immigrants to start businesses in the United States after satisfying certain funding, employment, and other requirements. Meanwhile, India, the country that sends far and away more entrepreneurs to the U.S. than any other, has a new policy that might help keep more of that startup talent at home.

JULY 06, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Technology Tops List

With members of Congress returning to Washington after the Fourth of July festivities in their home states and districts, technology seems to be the theme of the week ahead.

JULY 02, 2015

Beyond the Minimum: Why Corporate Social Responsibility Matters for Every Business

Corporate Social Responsibility is not only for large corporations; it should be a piece of every entrepreneur’s strategy.

JULY 01, 2015

Applications Now Open for ‘One in a Million’ Startup Competition

The Kauffman Foundation launches a pitch competition for those presenters to vie for the chance to be named “One in a Million” and win a first-place prize of $10,000.

JUNE 30, 2015

Internet of Things: Machines of Loving Grace or Maximum Overdrive?

The Internet of Things is coming and it presents concerns and opportunities.

JUNE 29, 2015

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.

JUNE 29, 2015

The Sharing Economy: Access Trumps Ownership

The recent ruling by the California Labor Commission the declared an Uber driver was an employee rather than an independent contractor sent shockwaves through the sharing economy – with policy implications that will reverberate for quite some time. Lisa Gansky was at the forefront of the sharing trend when she founded Ofoto, a photo-sharing service launched in 1999, that was bought out by Eastman Kodak and eventually folded into Shutterfly.

JUNE 29, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Independence Day Recess

Members of Congress are back home this week for a state/district work period during the Independence Day recess. They will return to Washington next Monday.

JUNE 29, 2015

US Schools Dominate Top MBA Programs for Entrepreneurship

Aspiring entrepreneurs take different paths to launch their first startup. Some wait until they near retirement. Some drop out of college hoping to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. Others don't even make it that far. For those who decide to pursue an MBA as a first step, a new study from the Financial Times outlines the top programs for entrepreneurs -- with seven of the top 10 in the United States.

JUNE 29, 2015

Looking Forward: Data Collection and Releases

Ron Jarmin (U.S. Census Bureau) discusses the future of data collection and releases.

JUNE 26, 2015

Lessons from the Kauffman Index: Immigrants are Infused with Entrepreneurial Energy

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson dives into the Kauffman Index: Startup Activity and emphasizes the importance of the role immigrants play in entrepreneurship.

JUNE 25, 2015

Welcoming Women and Parents: Reimagining Startup Culture

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch looks at how startup culture can be more inclusive to women and parents.

JUNE 22, 2015

American Capitalism – Toward a New History: The Entrepreneurial Multiplier

Louis Galambos of Johns Hopkins University discusses his work on The Entrepreneurial Multiplier for part 1 of a 3-part series on "American Capitalism – Toward a New History"

JUNE 22, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Regulatory Burdens and Veteran Entrepreneurs

As members of Congress look ahead to the Independence Day recess next week, most talk on Capitol Hill this week will focus on trade and looming spending battles. In the meantime, there are several scheduled committee hearings to note.

JUNE 22, 2015

Big Data and National Statistical Agencies

Ron Jarmin (U.S. Census Bureau) discusses big data and national statistical agencies

JUNE 22, 2015

Entrepreneurship Policy & Confidence on the Rise in China

Last week, we highlighted the fact that entrepreneurial optimism in the U.S. was rising slowly. According to a recent study by EY, that isn't necessarily the case elsewhere in the world. Which country has the highest confidence in its own economy as well as the global economy? China.

JUNE 22, 2015

Promoting Micro-Multinational Entrepreneurs

In 2014, over 190,000 US entrepreneurs and small businesses exported to consumers on at least four continents. That is an absolutely astounding figure when you consider that the US Commerce Department reports that less than 1 percent of all businesses in America export. For the first time in history, nearly every entrepreneur and small business can use technology to reap the benefits of trade on a global scale, an opportunity traditionally open to only the largest multinational corporations. We are entering the age of micro-multinationals.

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