Entrepreneurs are critical to the long-term health and prosperity of our economy. The Kauffman Foundation works to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote startup-friendly policies, and to understand what new firms need to start and grow.

We believe that entrepreneurs can increase their chances of success with practical education and training; that innovation is key to entrepreneurial growth; that strong ecosystems foster successful entrepreneurs; and that startup-friendly policies can boost job creation.

What's New in Entrepreneurship

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

New Kauffman Sketchbook Debunks Four Persistent Myths about Entrepreneurship

Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Research & Policy, discusses four persistent myths about entrepreneurship in the latest installment of the Kauffman Sketchbook video series.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

New Report Examines Entrepreneurship in Kansas City

The Kauffman-sponsored “We Create KC” report is organized around six imperatives identified as key areas of development in the region’s efforts to nurture entrepreneurship and economic growth.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Testifies Before Members of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business

Senior Fellow Jonathan Ortmans testified before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business in Washington, D.C., today, regarding the changing rate of business creation in America.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

New Paper Offers Model for Building a Nurturing Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Kauffman Foundation study examines connections and relationships that help communities maximize job-creating potential of young and growing companies

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

On Forbes.com: The Key to Building Startup Ecosystems

Senior Scholar Yasuyuki Motoyama addresses the necessary elements for establishing effective entrepreneurship ecosystems.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis

The recent growth of the startup scene and entrepreneurial community in St. Louis is incredibly exciting.

SEPTEMBER 09, 2014

Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

This Kauffman Foundation-funded book features a collection of more than 500 candid first-hand interviews and essays from women in technology.

SEPTEMBER 09, 2014

What’s Your Startup Investor IQ?

InvestorIQ.org tests and builds startup investing knowledge for prospective investors and entrepreneurs through lessons culled by the Angel Capital Association, Angel Resource Institute and Kauffman Foundation

SEPTEMBER 04, 2014

20 U.S. Semifinalists Announced for ‘Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash’

The entrepreneurial companies selected to proceed to the next round of “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash” hail from all corners of the nation and represent industries ranging from life science and education to food production and pet care.

SEPTEMBER 02, 2014

Kauffman FastTrac Announces Entrepreneurship Training For U.S. Military Veterans

Kauffman FastTrac® is offering a complimentary 10-week entrepreneurship course for U.S. military veterans.

SEPTEMBER 02, 2014

Final Three Judges Named for ‘Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash,’ Hosted by the Kauffman Foundation

Three esteemed entrepreneurial leaders have been named to complete the judging panels for the “Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash” pitch competition.

AUGUST 28, 2014

A Case for Sending Founders Back to School

Wendy Torrance, director of Entrepreneurship at the Foundation, says that for most entrepreneurs, building and sustaining a business involves constant learning.

AUGUST 27, 2014

1 Million Cups

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

AUGUST 25, 2014

Fellows Named for Entrepreneurship Research

A new group of scholars was tapped by the Kauffman Foundation for fellowships in entrepreneurship research.

AUGUST 25, 2014

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