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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MAY 30, 2017

Eight Venture Accelerators Win Grant and Sponsorship Awards KC Accelerator Challenge

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced a total of $840,000 in awards to eight local venture accelerators selected for grants and sponsorship in the KC Accelerator Challenge.

MAY 25, 2017

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Momentum and Maturity

Using the metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City, this paper provides insights into how regions can accelerate momentum and increase their return on investments in entrepreneur development.

MAY 18, 2017

Startup Activity Swings Upward for Third Consecutive Year, Annual Kauffman Index Reports

Business startup activity trudged slightly upward in 2016, continuing a three-year ascension and reaching pre-Recession levels, according to the 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

MAY 16, 2017

EshipCity: Zero Barriers Movement

Hear the stories of how entrepreneurs are fighting day after day to build great businesses in the new economy and what barriers stand in their way.

APRIL 18, 2017

New Kauffman Foundation Grant Program Aims to Remove Barriers Diverse Entrepreneurs Face

To address a variety of demographic, socioeconomic and geographic barriers standing in the way of entrepreneurs, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced a Request for Proposals for its newly launched Inclusion Open grant program.

APRIL 14, 2017

"The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship"

Arnobio Morelix, senior research analyst at the Kauffman Foundation, discusses the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship.

MARCH 16, 2017

"Zero Barriers to Startup"

Victor Hwang, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Entrepreneurship, notes the contributions entrepreneurs make to their communities and invites people to join the Zero Barriers to Startup movement.

MARCH 02, 2017

Zero Barriers at State of Entrepreneurship 2017

See what happens when more than 150 policymakers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders work together to solve challenges facing startups today.

FEBRUARY 17, 2017

2017 State of Entrepreneurship Address

The 8th annual State of Entrepreneurship Address discussed the resurgence of entrepreneurship in the United States, but also that three megatrends must be taken into account to reverse the longer term decline of startups.

FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Entrepreneurship is on the Rise but Long-Term Startup Decline Leaves Millions of Americans Behind

After a long hangover from the Great Recession, entrepreneurship is finally rebounding in the United States, according to the 8th Annual Kauffman Foundation State of Entrepreneurship Address held in Washington today.

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Victor Hwang State of Entrepreneurship 2017 Speech

If we truly believe that everyone has a fundamental right to turn an idea into an economic reality, regardless of who you are or where you're from, with zero barriers in the way, then we must be willing to fight for that right.

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Kauffman Foundation Vice President to Present Trends Shaping Entrepreneurship to U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee

Victor Hwang will propose a new approach to reversing this decline that focuses on supporting the entrepreneurs who create opportunity, wealth and jobs in the United States.

JANUARY 30, 2017

Kauffman Foundation Launches Kansas City Connector Project

The Kansas City Connector Project provides the opportunity to identify and recognize the often-unsung individuals as well as traditional leaders who all have the ability to create and influence change.

JANUARY 24, 2017

1 Million Cups

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

JANUARY 20, 2017

Defining Entrepreneurship: From Dataset to Mindset

What is entrepreneurship? It's one word, but can mean something different to many different people. I dive into a few of the different perspectives, and open the discussions to others.

JANUARY 09, 2017

Kauffman Foundation Honors Promising Scholars for Ground-Breaking Research in Entrepreneurship

Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars Awards inspire young researchers to study entrepreneurship

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