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 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 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.

JULY 14, 2014

Energizing Health Collaboration Series | Pittsburgh | Building Bridges: Beyond Patient Engagement

This event features panel discussions to further a collective understanding of the patient engagement space from a business, design, and engineering perspective.

JULY 10, 2014

New 'Founder Genius' Videos Feature Insights from Big Omaha Entrepreneurs

New Kauffman Founders School videos address issues such as “how to manage cofounder relationships,” “how to divide equity in your company” and “how to find your target customer.”

JULY 01, 2014

Now is the Time to ‘Get in the Ring’: Pitch Competition Application Opens for U.S. Entrepreneurs

Applications are now open for U.S. entrepreneurs to compete in the second annual Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash competition.

JUNE 30, 2014

Kauffman Founders School Live Presents ‘Getting to WOW’ with Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Bill Reichert

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Reichert shares new rules for successful innovation and entrepreneurship at a free Kauffman Founders School Live presentation on July 2.