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

DECEMBER 19, 2014

On Inc: Women Founders Benefit from Crowdfunding

Alicia Robb, Kauffman Foundation senior fellow, discusses success stories of women who have used crowdfunding, elements to be wary of, and the benefits of crowdfunding for women entrepreneurs, especially those in male-dominated industries.

DECEMBER 16, 2014

Kauffman's Trending Topics in 2014: Entrepreneurship Education, Startup Ecosystems, K-12 Teacher Development and Baseball

2014 has been another year of prolific online content distribution for the Kauffman Foundation, which annually assesses what topics net the most attention as one way to gauge priorities among its entrepreneurship and youth education audiences.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Government Funding Bill Passes

Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to temporarily fund the federal government--without taking action against President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. The move comes just ahead of the formal conclusion of the 113th Congress. Members of the House left Washington late last week after passing the funding bill and the Senate is expected to wrap things up later today. The 114th Congress is scheduled to convene on January 6, 2015.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

It’s a Wrap: 2014 Sees Rapid Growth in Demand for Better Research and Policy

The past year brought us a number of developments on the entrepreneurship front including a new collection of research and reports, like the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

4 Data Science Insights from Facebook Headquarters

Kauffman Research Analyst Arnobio Morelix shares insights from data science conference at Facebook headquarters.

DECEMBER 12, 2014

Occupations vs. Jobs, Part II

Senior Analyst Christopher Laubenthal takes a deeper dive on the difference between jobs and occupations, and how each changes (or doesn't) over time.

DECEMBER 11, 2014

Casting the Spotlight on Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Alicia Robb features recent success stories in Boulder, Colorado, and highlights promising programs that seek to close the large, persistent gender gap in venture capital funding.

DECEMBER 08, 2014

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Cromnibus, Immigration and Stupidity

Several hot-button issues come into focus this week in Washington: the “CRomnibus” and the government shutdown, President Obama’s executive order on immigration and the “stupidity of the American voter” in passing the Affordable Care Act -- as well as drones, cybersecurity, the future of nuclear energy and retirement security.

DECEMBER 08, 2014

Occupational Licensing: Another Hurdle for Prospective Entrepreneurs

Licensing limits the supply of practitioners in certain fields, thereby shifting the power from consumers to suppliers.

DECEMBER 08, 2014

Licensing in the Information Age

Kauffman Research Analyst Jordan Bell-Masterson explores how licensing is of decreasing importance in the age of Yelp!

DECEMBER 08, 2014

Grassroots Manufacturing Renaissance Spurs Entrepreneurship

Among the most visible new movements of late is the maker movement, a bottom-up force representing the latest inspiration for students to pursue learning and applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

DECEMBER 05, 2014

1 Million Cups

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

DECEMBER 04, 2014

Ideas to Boost Long-term Growth

Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Research & Policy Dane Stangler offers policy recommendations for how to increase long-term economic growth in the United States in two key areas: immigration and education.

DECEMBER 02, 2014

Occupational Licensing Can Crimp Entrepreneurship, According to Latest Kauffman Policy Digest

Increasing licensing regulations in certain professions have the effect of building barriers to innovations and opening new businesses.

DECEMBER 02, 2014

Occupational Licensing: A Barrier to Entrepreneurship

In certain fields and professions, the path to opening a new business is marked with barriers that can slow or even block entrepreneurs.

DECEMBER 01, 2014

Bringing Together the “Tucked” and “Untucked” Shirts

Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week brings new insights and learnings for those of us trying to better understand entrepreneurialism and how policymakers can best foster it. This year, we closed with a view of the value it brings to orderly governments witnessing the productivity of a creative and messy class of entrepreneurs.

DECEMBER 01, 2014

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Immigration Battle Threatens Another Shutdown

Members of Congress return to Washington this week and partisan resentment over President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform has some thinking that Republicans and Democrats will wage another spending battle with yet another threat of a federal government shutdown.

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Chicago Ideas Week

The Foundation is proud to sponsor Chicago Ideas Week, which brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond.