Entrepreneurs are critical to the long-term health and prosperity of our economy. The Kauffman Foundation works to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote startup-friendly policies, and to understand what new firms need to start and grow.

We believe that entrepreneurs can increase their chances of success with practical education and training; that innovation is key to entrepreneurial growth; that strong ecosystems foster successful entrepreneurs; and that startup-friendly policies can boost job creation.

What's New in Entrepreneurship

AUGUST 28, 2014

A Case for Sending Founders Back to School

Wendy Torrance, director of Entrepreneurship at the Foundation, says that for most entrepreneurs, building and sustaining a business involves constant learning.

AUGUST 27, 2014

1 Million Cups

Entrepreneurs present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers, and fellow entrepreneurs in cities around the country.

AUGUST 17, 2014

Is the Data on Fading Entrepreneurship the Full Story?

Kauffman's Dane Stangler and Jordan Bell-Masterson encourage deeper examination of entrepreneurship activity and trends to understand what’s behind recent data.

AUGUST 14, 2014

International Panel of High-Profile Judges Assembled for ‘Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash’

Two knock-out panels of international entrepreneurs and business leaders are taking shape to judge the final rounds of “Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash.”

AUGUST 14, 2014

Examining Pluses and Minuses and Non-Compete Agreements

Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Research & Policy, explores the benefits and downfalls of non-compete laws on entrepreneurial activity.

AUGUST 13, 2014

Kauffman Foundation Announces 2014 Recipients of Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

Learn more about the recipients of the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF).

AUGUST 09, 2014


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, selforganized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

AUGUST 07, 2014

Insights on the Next American Economy

The Roosevelt Institute's Next American Economy project identifies the trends and challenges that will shape our economy in the next twenty-five years to better inform the policy decisions we must make today.

AUGUST 06, 2014

Is 1 Million Cups in Your City?

The national network of 1 Million Cups communities has reached an impressive milestone: It is now in 50 cities nationwide.

AUGUST 05, 2014

Why VCs Get Rich, Even When They Make Bad Investments

Are venture capital firms coming up short in terms of their returns to investors? Foundation senior fellow Diane Mulcahy thinks so, and the data supports her view.

AUGUST 04, 2014

Exploring the Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

This new book is the outcome of a collaboration among three researchers who had experiences with entrepreneurship and philanthropy – including the inspiration of Ewing Marion Kauffman.

AUGUST 01, 2014

Only Two Weeks Left to Apply for ‘Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash’

U.S. entrepreneurs have until August 15 to enter the pitch competition presented by the Kauffman Foundation and sponsored by Sprint.

JULY 25, 2014

Rethinking Non-Competes: Unlock Talent to Seed Growth

The free movement of individuals in and out of jobs is a crucial component of an entrepreneur-driven economy, in which those with good ideas can easily leave employment to start new businesses.

JULY 24, 2014

Kauffman Founders School Presents Nine-Part Series on Leadership and Motivation for Entrepreneurs

Best-selling business author Daniel Pink sheds new light on the art and science of motivation and how entrepreneurs can leverage these insights to be more effective leaders.

JULY 23, 2014

On The Hill: Startup Visas Can Positively Impact the Economy

Dane Stangler and Jason Wiens explain how a startup visa could create up to 1.6 million jobs and boost the economy by up to 1.5 percent.

JULY 21, 2014

Non-Competes Can be Non-Starters, According to New Kauffman Policy Digest

State enforcement of non-compete agreements restricts highly skilled workers from moving in and out of new jobs and/or from starting their own businesses.