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.

What's New in Entrepreneurship

OCTOBER 21, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Announces KC Accelerator Challenge

Request for Proposals to be issued during Global Entrepreneurship Week to support local venture accelerators

OCTOBER 17, 2016

Mayors Must Be Policy Entrepreneurs

In tackling America’s startup problem, mayors should emulate entrepreneurs themselves: be bold, move quickly and embrace new ideas.

OCTOBER 17, 2016

International Entrepreneur Rule: The Good, the Bad and the Unknown

The Kauffman Foundation gave feedback today on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed International Entrepreneur Rule. The rule would allow certain immigrant entrepreneurs to remain in the United States for the purpose of operating and growing their startup.

OCTOBER 13, 2016

The Connectivity of Hip-Hop’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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

OCTOBER 10, 2016

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.

OCTOBER 07, 2016

Want to be like Silicon Valley? Welcome Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Exploring how the percentage of immigrant entrepreneurs varies across states and metropolitan areas.

OCTOBER 06, 2016

Kauffman Compilation: Research on Immigration and Entrepreneurship

This fact sheet lists a range or research, articles and blog posts addressing immigration and entrepreneurship.

OCTOBER 04, 2016

Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Just the Facts

Greater acceptance of immigrant entrepreneurs can boost falling rates of firm formation, create jobs for Americans and spur economic growth.

OCTOBER 03, 2016

Welcoming Communities Unlock the Potential of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

As any Welcoming City knows, immigrant entrepreneurs play a particularly critical role in the economic vitality of our communities, though they may not receive the recognition they deserve.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Venture Capital for Mom and Pop Shops

Under-capitalized small businesses cannot unlock economies of scale, which puts them at a further financial disadvantage.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

City Year Kansas City

Following a one-year pilot program in two Kansas City schools, City Year Kansas City officially kicked off in five schools in September 2016, making it City Year’s 27th site. The Kauffman Foundation partnered with a coalition of local community supporters to help bring the program to Kansas City.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

The Gender Gap Remains Large: 3 New Insights from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE)

While the gender gap persists, the average revenue of female-owned firms is on the rise.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Our Formula for Economically Empowering Women: Research + Solutions = Results

Enabling more women to become entrepreneurs and to open small businesses is one way we can help women succeed economically, helping their families and their communities.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Chutes and Ladders: the Relationship between Entrepreneurship and Inequality

Inequality has taken prominence as a pressing political issue, both in the United States and around the world. What role does entrepreneurship play in removing barriers to our collective economic security? Where does entrepreneurship break down the forces of inequality, where does it exacerbate them, and how can policy shape it into a more powerful force for economic independence?

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

How Cities can Become Better Than the Next Silicon Valley

This guest post is the first in a series by Kauffman Foundation grantees and other partners sharing insights on entrepreneurship diversity and inclusion.

SEPTEMBER 06, 2016

Cedar Rapids Talks Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship at Mayor’s Summit

Two takeaways from the Creative Corridor

SEPTEMBER 01, 2016

U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs provides a timely, more frequent socio-economic portrait of the nation’s employer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race and veteran status.

SEPTEMBER 01, 2016

Debating Gender

If we accept that entrepreneurs are born, are we accepting the uneven distribution of entrepreneurial activity?

AUGUST 31, 2016

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

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