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

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DECEMBER 02, 2016

Is Entrepreneurship the Most Productive Part of our Economy?

This post is a part of a series by the Growthology team, where we take a look at some of the topics discussed in State of the Field, a compilation of knowledge on entrepreneurship research written by the leading experts in the field. This post looks at productivity.

DECEMBER 02, 2016

2017 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowships: Top Scholars Wanted

With holiday breaks coming up, this is a great time to nominate a deserving colleague, peer, or friend for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). While the nomination period is open for about a month and a half more, as soon as a nomination is submitted the nominee can begin to work on his or her application. We also check in with some of our Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellows to see what they're up to.

DECEMBER 01, 2016

Kauffman Compilation: Research on Race and Entrepreneurship

This compilationhighlights a range of Kauffman resources that discuss entrepreneurs of color, the particular challenges facing these demographics, and the practical and policy ideas to address them.

DECEMBER 01, 2016

Highlights from the 2016 REER Conference

Recapping the 2016 REER Conference with reports on papers about non-competes, the entrepreneurial mindset, and how tough times shape future entrepreneurs.

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Awards $4.3 Million in Grants to Organizations that Support Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to honor the organizations’ commitment to leveling the field for women and minorities at Kauffman’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Policy Changes Needed to Unlock Employment and Entrepreneurial Opportunity for 100 Million Americans with Criminal Records, Kauffman Research Shows

Men of color disproportionately affected by barriers; rethinking occupational licensing policy could counter recidivism, encourage entrepreneurship and boost the American economy

NOVEMBER 29, 2016

How Does Occupational Licensing Affect Employment and Recidivism?

Formerly incarcerated individuals face substantial obstacles to employment when they leave prison, including occupational licensing requirements that exclude those with criminal records from specific professions.

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Nigeria’s Got Talent! Global Entrepreneurship Week in Lagos, Nigeria

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Lagos, Nigeria. According the the Global Entrepreneurship Index, the strongest asset to Nigeria's entrepreneurship ecosystem is its human capital.

NOVEMBER 21, 2016

Main Street Entrepreneurs are Economic and Community Pillars

This Policy Digest examines how Main Street entrepreneurs tend to have deep roots in their communities and encounter distinct policy challenges.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Main Street Entrepreneurship Activity Ramps Up Nationwide and in Most States and Metros

The nation as a whole and most states and metros are experiencing higher rates of small business activity, according to the 2016 Kauffman Index of Main Street Entrepreneurship.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Show and Tel (Aviv): A Startup Nation

Israel is known, for good reason, as Startup Nation.

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Announces KC Accelerator Challenge

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

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Istanbul Explores its Entrepreneurial Future at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Some of the first real human settlements, such as Çatalhöyük, were also some of the first places where dedicated commercial exchange took place.

NOVEMBER 03, 2016

Are You Intel, Google, or Apple? Why Your Origin Matters

Some entrepreneurs start as employees as other firms, some start as academics, others start as dissatisfied customers. Each balance different challenges and opportunities, Agarawal provides five tips on their path to profit.

OCTOBER 28, 2016

Caffeinating 100 Communities

This week, the 100th 1MC community launches in Waco, Texas.

OCTOBER 26, 2016

How Business Owners Get Their Companies: A Look at Founders, Purchasers, and Heirs

When looking at how entrepreneurs obtained their business, the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs shows the differences between entrepreneurs of different genders and races in how they came to own their companies.

OCTOBER 24, 2016

Changing Capital: Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance

This report examines trends in entrepreneurial capital formation and considers their implications for entrepreneurs.

OCTOBER 24, 2016

Startup Financing Trends by Race: How Access to Capital Impacts Profitability

This briefing explores startup financing trends and how access and cost of capital impact profitability.

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