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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FEBRUARY 10, 2016

New Kauffman Founders School Videos Illustrate How to Grow a Company

Leading experts address the challenges of scaling a startup

FEBRUARY 09, 2016

The Gig (Economy) is Up!

The gig economy highlights some emerging trends: changes in the nature of work, firm structure and formation, production, and consumption.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Measuring Cities As They Race to the Top

A fresh focus on cities as indicators of startup community health has attracted a new generation of local leaders championing entrepreneurship to the growth and quality of life of their metropolitan areas. Many are also working to improve our understanding of the city entrepreneurship phenomenon and its complex dynamics. How are cities assessing and benchmarking their performance?

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Commerce Dept. Announces $10 Million in Innovation Grants

Last August, the Department of Commerce announced it would be giving out $10 million in funding through its i6 Challenge program and Seed Fund Support Grants. Today, it unveiled the 25 awardees through the two programs -- both part of the Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies -- designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the United States.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

2016 State of Entrepreneurship Address

Congressman Steve Chabot, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business -- and occasional guest blogger for the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship -- will headline the Kauffman Foundation's seventh annual State of Entrepreneurship Address next week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Warns State on Licensing Laws

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Jason Wiens submitted written testimony to the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy in Sacramento, Calif. Wiens’ testimony focused on the barriers that occupational licensing poses to new business formation—a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: President Obama’s Final Budget

This week, President Obama will release his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and administration officials are scheduled to testify on it at a number of committee hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill. Jack Lew, Secretary of Treasury, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, all make appearances in hearings this week.

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Investing in Minority Entrepreneurs: An Economic Imperative for the U.S.

American University's Melissa L. Bradley discusses some of the challenges facing minority entrepreneurs, and offers potential solutions to create a more friendly start-up environment for all entrepreneurs.

FEBRUARY 05, 2016

Women Entrepreneurs Have What it Takes to Grow Post-Conflict Economies

Can strengthening entrepreneurship in post-conflict countries help prevent future violence? And, how are women in post-conflict countries specifically equipped to benefit from entrepreneurship?

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Warns State How Licensing Laws Fence Out New Businesses

Jason Wiens provides testimony to Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

The Kauffman Foundation Testifies about the Barriers Occupational Licensing Poses to Entrepreneurs

Jason Wiens, Policy Director at the Kauffman Foundation, provided testimony to the California Little Hoover Commission on the barriers occupational licensing poses to entrepreneurship.

FEBRUARY 03, 2016

1 Million Cups

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

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Immigrant Investor Program Under Review

In late December, Congress temporarily extended a 25 year old initiative called the EB-5 "Immigrant Investor" program that is intended to attract wealthy foreign investors to the U.S. to back promising new startups – and provide jobs for Americans. While the program generated more than $5 billion in investment between 2005 and 2013, it hasn’t been so successful at translating that into jobs. This week, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary examines the EB-5 Regional Centers that account for 95% of all EB-5 capital.

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

New Development Strategies Borrow from Innovation Hubs

Remember the Washington Consensus? After years of false starts and dead ends in solving development challenges, new formulas now incorporate bold entrepreneurial components. The result is that for the first time in many decades, ending extreme poverty is less of an elusive goal.

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

State Licensing Laws and Their Impact on New Business Formation

Jason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation will be providing testimony later this week for a California state commission about how occupational licensing laws can stifle startups and prevent them from reaching their full potential.

JANUARY 29, 2016

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

JANUARY 29, 2016

The Other Side of the Talent Frenzy

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson expands on a common theme at Growthology; talent. Are the lavish benefits high tech and other companies provide for their best and brightest keeping workers happy?

JANUARY 27, 2016

The Taxing Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Tax incentives do not create new jobs because young, high-growth firms begun by entrepreneurs create jobs. Entrepreneurs beginning young, high growth firms care less about tax breaks than they do for proximity to talent, capital and the amenities of urban living.

JANUARY 25, 2016

The Myth of the American Entrepreneurial Culture

Kauffman Research & Policy Director Yas Motoyama examines whether the United States is unique in its supportive entrepreneurship culture.

JANUARY 25, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Snowzilla Slows Committee Hearings

The winter storm that shut down Washington, DC, this weekend may be over but the city is still digging out – and Congress is taking another snow day or two.  A number of hearings scheduled for the early part of the week have been postponed until further notice. At this time, there are a few budget-related hearings that are still on the calendar for the week ahead but those are subject to postponement as well depending on the city's cleanup efforts.

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