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

MAY 04, 2015

Building Ecosystems Starts With Creating More Connections

Whether you use dated expressions like “it isn’t what you know but who you know” or you are deep into “networking theory,” we all know the importance of having communities to turn to for advice or validation.

MAY 04, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Introducing the PATENT Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking a look this week at the recently introduced Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (S. 1137). The bill was introduced last week and the initial response has been cautious optimism – but not without its detractors.

MAY 01, 2015

Finding the Right Equilibrium for Effective Non-Compete Agreements

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson delves into how non-compete agreements are a drag on labor mobility and what policymakers can do about it.

APRIL 30, 2015

Can Relationship Counseling Save Your Startup?

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch examines whether relationship counseling can prove beneficial to startup co-founders.

APRIL 28, 2015

Title Inflation and the Rise of the Startup Ninja

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix explores the growing trend of creative startup job titles — from czars to wizards.

APRIL 27, 2015

Fluidity: How Mobility Enables Entrepreneurial Impact

A great city is “a collection of opportunities of all kinds,” said Jane Jacobs, the author of the seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities. In an entrepreneurial city, it is the fluidity with which these opportunities and choices can be used that helps drive entrepreneurial vibrancy.

APRIL 27, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Stimulating Startup Capital, Easing Regulatory Burdens

The House Committee on Financial Services will examine a number of “legislative proposals to enhance capital formation and reduce regulatory burdens” at a hearing at the House Visitors’ Center on Wednesday.

APRIL 27, 2015

Angel Investors Active in Great Lakes

A couple weeks ago, we took a look at a few states that were pursuing tax credits to help promote angel investing. Policymakers in those states may want to take a closer look at the Great Lakes region where angel groups invested more dollars than anywhere else in the country.

APRIL 23, 2015

Do You Have to Go to Harvard to Get the Best Entrepreneurship Education?

Kauffman researcher Alex Krause explores which universities are best for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking an MBA.

APRIL 22, 2015

The Importance of Collaboration: Lessons Learned from 1MC San Diego, California

Researcher Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores how 1 Million Cups works in larger cities and what we can learn from their program.

APRIL 20, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Cracking Down on Cyber Attacks

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Rules considers two pieces of legislation intended to enhance information sharing in the protection against hackers, cyber terrorists and other threats.

APRIL 20, 2015

White House Task Force Releases Recommendations on Immigration

A White House task force on immigration released an “initial strategic plan” last week to help strengthen existing pathways to naturalization and promote entrepreneurial growth.

APRIL 20, 2015

Gauging Impact: A Closer Look at Entrepreneurial Density

The effect of entrepreneurial density can be dramatic: when talented makers and innovators interact regularly, new successful ventures are likely to emerge.

APRIL 17, 2015

A Very Taxing Process

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson explains why the conversation about taxes doesn't have to be only be about how high or low they should be. Reducing the complexity of taxes and how burdensome they are can open up more resources that entrepreneurs can use to accelerate their business.

APRIL 16, 2015

How to Organize 1 Million Cups in Smaller Cities: Lessons Learned from Georgetown, Delaware

Kauffman researcher Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores what's brewing in 1 Million Cups Georgetown, Delaware.

APRIL 15, 2015

Startup Dos and Don’ts for Finding Venture Capital

New Kauffman Founders School video series teaches entrepreneurs how to find, approach and negotiate with venture capitalists to secure funding that matches their business needs.

APRIL 14, 2015

Presentation at Facebook Headquarters: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Presented @Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley: Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix present insights from entrepreneurial networks on how to build robust entrepreneurship ecosystems

APRIL 13, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Tax Day Means Talk of Reform

More than half of the U.S. feels that their taxes are too high and with Tax Day falling on Wednesday this week, several congressional committees are picking up the discussion of tax reform.

APRIL 13, 2015

States Pursue Angel Tax Credits

More than half of U.S. states offer tax credits for early stage investors. Of course, the programs vary widely from state to state — some are successful and expanding, others are stagnant and expiring and still others that are desperately trying to introduce legislation to create them.

APRIL 13, 2015

Left Behind? The New Generation of Latino Entrepreneurs

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch examines the growth of Latino-American entrepreneurs and the particular challenges they face.