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

MAY 28, 2015

Do Entrepreneurs Need a Social Safety Net?

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch highlights new external research that suggests a strong social safety net might increase entrepreneurship.

MAY 28, 2015

Nation’s Startup Activity Reverses Five-Year Downward Trend, Annual Kauffman Index Reports

Reversing a downward cycle that began in 2009, U.S. startup activity ascended last year, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index: Startup Activity.

MAY 27, 2015

3 Ways Student Debt Can Affect Millennial Entrepreneurs

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix explores the ways in which student debt can affect millennial entrepreneurs

MAY 21, 2015

Can Entrepreneurship Solve Environmental and Social Issues?

Kauffman researcher Alex Krause discusses social and environmental sustainability in entrepreneurship with a different take at the "Three Ps" of Business: People, Planet, and Profit.

MAY 21, 2015

Kansas City to celebrate the art of the startup during 1Week KC, May 29-June 5

Kansas City’s annual summer celebration of entrepreneurship provides education and inspiration to Kansas Citians interested in starting their own business.

MAY 20, 2015

Bringing Back the American Craft Beer Enterprise

Kauffman Researcher Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores the growth of the American craft beer sector and its economic impact.

MAY 20, 2015

Kauffman Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2016 Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Grants

We're awarding up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $15,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

MAY 19, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Twitter Chat | Financing Your Venture

Join Kauffman Founders School and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Twitter as we discuss creative and effective ways Millennial entrepreneurs can finance their startups.

MAY 18, 2015

More Angels, Fewer Angel Investments in 2014

Following a promising 2013, the total amount of angel investment dropped 2.8 percent last year according to $24.1 billion. However, two figures increased – active investors and ventures funded.

MAY 18, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Going Global from Day One

Any entrepreneur can tell you that a startup is essentially global from day one. With a low barrier of entry, global traffic and millions of customers shopping online each day, eBay has become more than a simple auction site for used good -- more than 90 percent of U.S. small businesses on the platform now export.

MAY 18, 2015

Sparking US Government Engagement in Global Entrepreneurship

The President’s White House celebration of global entrepreneurship a few days ago had lots of panache and plenty of heavyweights like Steve Case (AOL) and Brian Chesky (AirBnB). But how much has our government been able to keep pace with the startup revolution over the past five years?

MAY 15, 2015

It Takes a Village

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson examines what some of the key attributes of a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem are and how local policymakers can improve their own ecosystem.

MAY 14, 2015

In The Wall Street Journal: Percentage of New Businesses Begun by Women Fell in 2014

In a preview of the Kauffman Index from The Wall Street Journal, Kauffman Foundation Director of Research & Policy E.J. Reedy explains that, historically, men are more likely than women to start a business to earn a living after they’ve been fired or laid off.

MAY 14, 2015

Experiments in Entrepreneurship: Supplemental Entrepreneurs and the Etsy Economy

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch studies how entrepreneurship can act as supplemental income and provide financial security, especially for low- and middle-income entrepreneurs.

MAY 13, 2015

Entrepreneurs Share Secrets to Achieving Balance between Work and Family in Second Founders School eBook

In a new Kauffman Founders School eBook, startup owners share their pull-no-punches secrets for creating harmony between the people they love and the dreams they’re trying to accomplish.

MAY 12, 2015

How Can I Measure Entrepreneurial Activity in My Region? Introducing the New Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship

Introducing the New Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, the first and largest index tracking entrepreneurship across city, state and national levels.

MAY 11, 2015

The Quantitative Dimensions of Diversity

Diversity of educational background, gender, and industry is commonly cited as important to healthy entrepreneurship ecosystems. However, while this appears to be self-evident for any creative activity, how do we know this?

MAY 11, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Regulatory Burdens, Capital and .Sucks

Members of the House return from a one week recess and have several hearings lined up to note. The House Committee on Financial Services tackles the regulatory over-reach of Dodd-Frank as well as legislative proposals to enhance capital formation and reduce regulatory burdens.

MAY 11, 2015

Is Entrepreneurship a ‘Successful Outcome’ for Government Programs?

MAY 07, 2015

How Entrepreneurs Can Use Boards to Help Grow Their Businesses

Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Suren Dutia adds his expertise to an existing Kauffman Founders School video series on building powerful boards.