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

OCTOBER 30, 2014

Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship 2014

Highlights from the 2014 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation.

OCTOBER 30, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week Unveils List of Innovative New Startups

‘GEW 50’ demonstrates that entrepreneurship is more than mobile apps

OCTOBER 29, 2014

‘Art of Startup Finance’ Delivers Tools to Help Entrepreneurs Manage and Build Their Companies

New Kauffman Founders School series offers insights and practical advice from serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Bill Reichert.

OCTOBER 27, 2014

The Best States and Cities for Crowdfunding

How the Small Business Crowdfunding Index is helping shape entrepreneurial ventures

OCTOBER 27, 2014

Confidence Slips for Entrepreneurs

A healthy dose of confidence is one of the most important traits that any entrepreneur can have

OCTOBER 27, 2014

How Much Does Coding Literacy Matter

Code--the lingua franca of the technology generation.

OCTOBER 23, 2014

Two Final Rounds of ‘Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash’ to be Livestreamed

Startup fans will have a ringside view of founders competing in the first-ever “Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash” pitch competition on Nov. 6 and 7, 2014.

OCTOBER 21, 2014

Chicago Ideas Week #IdeasChat

Join the Kauffman Foundation (@KauffmanFDN) and Chicago Ideas Week (@chicagoideas) for its first CIW #IdeasChat via Twitter.

OCTOBER 20, 2014

The Golden Years Are Here At Last

Encore entrepreneurs are shifting the paradigm of “retirement” in our society.

OCTOBER 19, 2014

Dollars Flowing to Entrepreneurs

A couple of new quarterly data sets from the venture capital industry and angel investors suggest that entrepreneurs are having an easier time finding capital in 2014.

OCTOBER 16, 2014

Podcast: Kauffman Policy Director Talks about Entrepreneurship

Public policy and its impact on entrepreneurs are among the topics that Foundation Policy Director Jason Wiens talks about on KMBZ's Entrepreneur KC podcast.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

Inc 500/5000 Conference 2014

This annual conference brings the nation’s brightest, most successful business minds together to celebrate the achievements of companies that appear on Inc. magazine’s ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

2014 Mayors Conference

Mayors and entrepreneurship experts convene to share best practices about promoting startup activity and to discuss ways to encourage entrepreneurship in their cities.

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.

OCTOBER 07, 2014

UP America Summit

The Kauffman Foundation is proud to sponsor the UP America Summit, which brings together top startup community leaders from North America to build ideas, discuss future visions and share experiences.