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

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference: Part 2

Leading entrepreneurial scholars and practitioners discuss the meaning and importance of an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Policy Environment Important in Shaping Entrepreneurship

Near the end of the day at the Startup Nations Summit, Jonathan Ortmans asked me to make a couple of observations about startup policy. I did not use slides, but several people asked for some sort of synopsis of my talk. Here is roughly what I said.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: The Economic Outlook

Last month, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told the House Committee on Financial Services that the U.S. economy was performing well. This week, she makes an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee where she may announce the first raise interest rate increase since June 2006.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Dept. of Labor Announces $100 Million TechHire Competition

While everyone looks to Silicon Valley and its tech startups for the next unicorn to generate huge amounts of wealth, there is considerable competition for talent with the right skills. With the immigration debate stuck in neutral, there are hundreds of thousands of tech jobs throughout the U.S. that are currently unfilled in rapidly growing sectors.

NOVEMBER 25, 2015

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference: Part 1

Leading scholars and practitioners cover the meaning and importance of an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

One in a Million Training Day

Fifteen semifinalists in the One in a Million Competition came to Kansas City with passion, courage and a solid sense of who they are and what they have to offer. After intense coaching and competing, they left stronger than ever, with the tools and insights to take their startups to the next level. Take a look behind the scenes on training day.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

One in a Million Video Submission Mashup

During the search for One in a Million, we asked entrepreneurs to tell us a story. They submitted video segments using the power of visual language to capture the essence of what they do.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

Recap of 2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship: Recipes for Growth

Kauffman researcher, Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores the key takeaways from the 2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

Helpful Items to List on an Academic CV

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Startup Nations Awards Bring a Close to Global Entrepreneurship Week

Startup-focused policymakers and advisers gathered this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico, for the Startup Nations Summit (SNS) – and the official closing of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Thanksgiving Recess

Members of the House and Senate are back home for the Thanksgiving recess and will return next week. In the meantime, Washington Post political reporter Mike DeBonis says you can expect to see a lighter schedule for Congress next year -- with the Senate set for 143 days in session and the House only 111 -- and not just because of the general election.

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Entrepreneurship Education Increasing in American Schools

Earlier this year, the Kauffman Foundation reported that millennials were the most educated generation and that they were the most exposed to entrepreneurship education based on the number of college courses on the subject. Last week, Junior Achievement released a new study showing that the increase goes beyond college campuses.

NOVEMBER 19, 2015

Veteran Angel Investor Explains Startup Funding Strategies in New Kauffman Founders School Videos

In Financing Your Venture: Angel Investment, a new video series from Kauffman Founders School, Ian Sobieski teaches entrepreneurs how to find and work with investors.

NOVEMBER 19, 2015

I'm a Student, I'm Cheap, And I Have Something To Prove.

This post discusses how cities, universities, and students can collaborate to provide much needed innovation for their communities to the benefit of all stakeholders.

NOVEMBER 18, 2015

blooom is Named ‘One in a Million’ in Kauffman Foundation’s Startup Competition

After months of competing, Chris Costello, CEO of Leawood-based startup blooom, was named the winner of the Kauffman Foundation’s “One in a Million” competition.

NOVEMBER 17, 2015

R&D Collaboration and the History of Bell Labs

R&D collaboration -- what works best? Jordan Bell-Masterson explores the research literature and the history of Bell Labs to provide insights on how to purse R&P collaboration.

NOVEMBER 17, 2015

One in a Million

The Kauffman Foundation's One in a Million 2015 competition is for entrepreneurs who have presented at 1 Million Cups (1MC) events across the country.

NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Five Top Entrepreneurs to Take the Stage Tomorrow in the First-Ever ‘One in a Million’ Startup Competition

Five entrepreneurs from across the U.S. have been chosen as finalists in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “One in a Million” pitch competition for startup entrepreneurs.

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Week

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.

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Global Entrepreneurship Week Edition

While roughly 10 million people will take part in Global Entrepreneurship Week events in 160 countries, the House Small Business Committee will shine a spotlight on the benefits of entrepreneurship to the American economy. According to the committee’s notice, the National Entrepreneurs’ Day hearing “will examine methods utilized and cultivated by entrepreneurs to achieve prosperity, such as capitalizing on emerging industries and fostering innovation. The hearing also will examine the challenges present in today’s economy which may affect an entrepreneur’s ability to succeed.”

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