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

FEBRUARY 05, 2016

Women Entrepreneurs Have What it Takes to Grow Post-Conflict Economies

Can strengthening entrepreneurship in post-conflict countries help prevent future violence? And, how are women in post-conflict countries specifically equipped to benefit from entrepreneurship?

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Warns State How Licensing Laws Fence Out New Businesses

Jason Wiens provides testimony to Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

The Kauffman Foundation Testifies about the Barriers Occupational Licensing Poses to Entrepreneurs

Jason Wiens, Policy Director at the Kauffman Foundation, provided testimony to the California Little Hoover Commission on the barriers occupational licensing poses to entrepreneurship.

FEBRUARY 03, 2016

1 Million Cups

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

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Immigrant Investor Program Under Review

In late December, Congress temporarily extended a 25 year old initiative called the EB-5 "Immigrant Investor" program that is intended to attract wealthy foreign investors to the U.S. to back promising new startups – and provide jobs for Americans. While the program generated more than $5 billion in investment between 2005 and 2013, it hasn’t been so successful at translating that into jobs. This week, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary examines the EB-5 Regional Centers that account for 95% of all EB-5 capital.

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

New Development Strategies Borrow from Innovation Hubs

Remember the Washington Consensus? After years of false starts and dead ends in solving development challenges, new formulas now incorporate bold entrepreneurial components. The result is that for the first time in many decades, ending extreme poverty is less of an elusive goal.

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

State Licensing Laws and Their Impact on New Business Formation

Jason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation will be providing testimony later this week for a California state commission about how occupational licensing laws can stifle startups and prevent them from reaching their full potential.

JANUARY 29, 2016

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

JANUARY 29, 2016

The Other Side of the Talent Frenzy

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson expands on a common theme at Growthology; talent. Are the lavish benefits high tech and other companies provide for their best and brightest keeping workers happy?

JANUARY 27, 2016

The Taxing Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Tax incentives do not create new jobs because young, high-growth firms begun by entrepreneurs create jobs. Entrepreneurs beginning young, high growth firms care less about tax breaks than they do for proximity to talent, capital and the amenities of urban living.

JANUARY 25, 2016

The Myth of the American Entrepreneurial Culture

Kauffman Research & Policy Director Yas Motoyama examines whether the United States is unique in its supportive entrepreneurship culture.

JANUARY 25, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Snowzilla Slows Committee Hearings

The winter storm that shut down Washington, DC, this weekend may be over but the city is still digging out – and Congress is taking another snow day or two.  A number of hearings scheduled for the early part of the week have been postponed until further notice. At this time, there are a few budget-related hearings that are still on the calendar for the week ahead but those are subject to postponement as well depending on the city's cleanup efforts.

JANUARY 25, 2016

Crowdfunding on the Rise in Emerging Economies

Barriers to entrepreneurship continue to fall, leading to a democratization of entrepreneurship. Startup success no longer requires a Silicon Valley zip code in the U.S. -- or even residence in a strong, developed nation. A new report highlights global crowdfunding developments of 2015 and forecasts an increase of more than 50 percent over the next 12 months.

JANUARY 25, 2016

2016 U.S. Federal Budget Bodes Well for Innovation

In recent years, research universities across the country have faced squeezed public financial support as the agencies that channel funds through them, like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dealt with sequestration and the 2013 cuts in federal government funding. So what does the $1.5 trillion spending measure that passed in Congress in December mean for scientific research and the so-called innovation deficit in the United States?

JANUARY 22, 2016

Who Gets Ahead and Why: State of the Field Explores Human Capital

JANUARY 21, 2016

Does Racial Wealth Disparity Hinder Entrepreneurship?

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch explores the connection between race, wealth disparity, and entrepreneurship rates.

JANUARY 15, 2016

Fewer Workers Means Fewer Startups

Fewer workers means fewer startups. Looking at three factors that affect business dynamism.

JANUARY 13, 2016

Growthology Goes to the AEA Annual Meeting

Six of the Growthology Writers traveled to San Francisco for AEA's annual meeting. This post contains an overview of some of their favorite sessions.

JANUARY 11, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: State of the Union 2016

As the Senate returns from recess, Washington is ready for President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address on Tuesday. The speech is expected to highlight the country’s overall economic progress and how his administration has “helped small businesses get back on track and more entrepreneurs start new businesses.” Meanwhile, TechCrunch and others are reporting on the fact that Amazon is streaming the address and Genius, a site focused on song lyrics and annotations, is providing annotated versions of the speech as well as the president’s past seven addresses.

JANUARY 11, 2016

Rice University Researcher To Examine True Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Yael Hochberg, head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and the academic director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is leading a five year effort to study the effects of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial success. The research project is made possible by a $1.5 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

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