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.

What's New in Entrepreneurship

OCTOBER 21, 2014

Chicago Ideas Week #IdeasChat

Join the Kauffman Foundation (@KauffmanFDN) and Chicago Ideas Week (@chicagoideas) for its first CIW #IdeasChat via Twitter.

OCTOBER 20, 2014

The Golden Years Are Here At Last

Encore entrepreneurs are shifting the paradigm of “retirement” in our society.

OCTOBER 19, 2014

Dollars Flowing to Entrepreneurs

A couple of new quarterly data sets from the venture capital industry and angel investors suggest that entrepreneurs are having an easier time finding capital in 2014.

OCTOBER 16, 2014

Podcast: Kauffman Policy Director Talks about Entrepreneurship

Public policy and its impact on entrepreneurs are among the topics that Foundation Policy Director Jason Wiens talks about on KMBZ's Entrepreneur KC podcast.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

Inc 500/5000 Conference 2014

This annual conference brings the nation’s brightest, most successful business minds together to celebrate the achievements of companies that appear on Inc. magazine’s ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

2014 Mayors Conference

Mayors and entrepreneurship experts convene to share best practices about promoting startup activity and to discuss ways to encourage entrepreneurship in their cities.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

Kansas City Fed Establishes Census Research Data Center

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, as part of a consortium consisting of the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, announces the establishment of a new research data center (RDC) that will provide researchers with access to high-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and public policy issues.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Chicago Ideas Week

The Foundation is proud to sponsor Chicago Ideas Week, which brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Kauffman Foundation Announces 15 Semifinalists for First-Ever ‘Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash’

The next round brings together five semifinalists from Canada, five from Mexico and five from the United States to ultimately determine who will compete for the world title.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Makerspaces Coming to Main Street

The Maker Movement has taken the pursuit of creative technologies from the realm of hobbyists and has made it more accessible – seeding innovative new industries in cities and communities around the U.S.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Pritzker Announces New NACIE Members

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently announced the 27 new members of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

OCTOBER 08, 2014

Big Kansas City

OCTOBER 07, 2014

UP America Summit

The Kauffman Foundation is proud to sponsor the UP America Summit, which brings together top startup community leaders from North America to build ideas, discuss future visions and share experiences.

OCTOBER 07, 2014

Five U.S. Entrepreneurs Named as Finalists for ‘Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash’

From an initial field of more than 250 applicants, five U.S. entrepreneurs have been named finalists for “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash,” hosted by the Kauffman Foundation.