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

MARCH 31, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Twitter Chat | Starting Up: What You Need to Know

Join Kauffman Founders School and the U.S. Small Business Administration to discuss tools, resources, and opportunities available to budding entrepreneurs.

MARCH 27, 2015

The Economic Case for Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs

The Kauffman Foundation highlights strategies for how a “startup visa” would allow immigrants to start businesses in the United States after satisfying certain funding, employment, and other requirements.

MARCH 27, 2015

On Governing: Measuring Entrepreneurship Can Be Tricky

In this post on Governing.com, Kauffman Foundation researchers explain how city leaders can see past cultural buzz to get an accurate measure of their entrepreneurial ecosystems.

MARCH 25, 2015

1 Million Cups City Spotlight: Des Moines

Kauffman researcher Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores what's brewing in 1 Million Cups Des Moines, Iowa.

MARCH 24, 2015

Innovation Series: The Rising Costs of Invention

Kauffman researcher Jordan Bell-Masterson explores how invention is getting more complex, and therefore more costly, over time.

MARCH 23, 2015

Multidisciplinary Approach to Economic Success

Kauffman researcher Alex Krause reviews the TI:GER program out of Georgia Tech. The TI:GER program seeks to help educate scholars in higher education on the commercialization of university research.

MARCH 23, 2015

Call for Proposals, Entrepreneurial Dynamics: Evidence from the Kauffman Firm Survey

The Kauffman Foundation is pleased to announce a special conference to bring together researchers using the Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) and highlight new KFS research.

MARCH 23, 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2015 Comes to a Close

It is a fairly common refrain that "entrepreneurship is messy." Last week's Global Entrepreneurship Congress reminded us of this -- from entrepreneurs sharing stories of repeated failures before pivoting toward success to policymakers searching for an elusive roadmap to strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems.

MARCH 23, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: The Internet of Things

This week, members of Congress get an up-close look at the Internet of Things with a showcase and committee hearing that examine the benefits of connected devices while exploring security and privacy issues as the global market doubles in the next five years.

MARCH 20, 2015

Innovation Fund America

Innovation Fund America empowers community colleges to support high-growth tech startups and entrepreneurs in their communities.

MARCH 20, 2015

Reworking Occupational Licensing

See how occupational licensing shackles labor mobility, and what tools policymakers have available to undo these negative effects.

MARCH 18, 2015

"Cracking the Code"

Amy Wilkinson, author of "The Creator's Code," describes key characteristics of today’s leading entrepreneurs.

MARCH 18, 2015

New Kauffman Sketchbook Illustrates the Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

Amy Wilkinson, author of "The Creator’s Code," shares skills that the creators of game-changing companies such as Chipotle, Dropbox and eBay have used to build their enterprises.

MARCH 17, 2015

The Creators Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

The Creator’s Code by Amy Wilkinson, a strategic advisor to startups and large corporations alike, unlocks the six essential skills that turn intriguing ideas into enduring enterprises.

MARCH 17, 2015

Kauffman @ SXSW: 4 Insights from the Fastest Growing Companies in America

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix presents research findings about fastest growing companies in the U.S. at SXSW

MARCH 17, 2015

Request for Proposals, Measuring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

The Kauffman Foundation is soliciting grant proposals to investigate how best to measure an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and what kinds of data can be developed, improved, or used to that end.

MARCH 16, 2015

Addressing the Demand for Better Entrepreneurship Research

Seeking a better understanding of the phenomenon that is entrepreneurship, the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network held its Annual Meeting today in Milan to examine fundamental questions about fostering entrepreneurship, share research findings, and develop new joint research initiatives.

MARCH 16, 2015

Hiring and Building Your Startup’s Team

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch shares the advantages of startups' creating their own talent versus hiring talent.

MARCH 16, 2015

Four Indicators to Assess Local Ecosystem Vibrancy

Most communities fall short in assessing the performance of their entrepreneurial ecosystems, according to a new Kauffman paper.

MARCH 16, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: FCC, Patent Reform and More

With members of the House returning to Washington after a quick recess, the schedule is packed full of congressional committee hearings this week.