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

JANUARY 26, 2015

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: A Path to U.S. Economic Growth

This Entrepreneurship Policy Digest looks at policy ideas at the federal, state and local levels for how to capture the economic benefits and growth that come from entrepreneurial immigrants.

JANUARY 26, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: CBO Releases Updated Economic Outlook

While several committees are still holding their organizational meetings this week—including the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a number have started to hold and schedule hearings. Following up on the Congressional Budget Office report to be released later today, CBO director Douglas Elmendorf makes separate appearances before the House and Senate Budget Committees to outline the CBO budget and economic outlook.

JANUARY 22, 2015

New Kauffman Policy Digest Highlights Immigration Policy Innovations at the Federal, State and Local Levels

A Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Policy Digest looks at policy ideas at the federal, state and local levels for how to capture the economic benefits and growth that come from entrepreneurial immigrants.

JANUARY 21, 2015

Startup Expert Brad Feld Advises Entrepreneurs How to Build a Powerful Board in New Kauffman Founders School Series

A Kauffman Founders School video series featuring Brad Feld teaches entrepreneurs how to build and configure boards that help their companies thrive.

JANUARY 20, 2015

On the Radio: Dane Stangler Discusses Age and Entrepreneurship

Two national radio programs recently featured Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Research & Policy Dane Stangler for his expertise on the relationship between age and entrepreneurship.

JANUARY 16, 2015

Snowflake Entrepreneurs

Every entrepreneur is a little different, and some are very different. Given the uniqueness of any given venture, Chris Jackson explores what we mean when we say "entrepreneur."

JANUARY 14, 2015

On Real Clear Markets: It’s Time to Revive U.S. Entrepreneurship

Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Research & Policy Dane Stangler explains why the U.S. needs an entrepreneurial renewal and offers four things policymakers can do to help lead the way.

JANUARY 12, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Committees Getting Organized

Last week marked the official beginning of the 114th Congress. This week, a number of committees hold organizational meetings to determine subcommittee structure and assignments as well as adopt rules that dictate the formal procedures the committee follows. Once these are determined, committee will begin holding hearings on a regular basis. One hearing slated to take place on the House side this week is in the Ways and Means Committee, now led by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) who moves over from his role as chair of the House Budget Committee in the 113th Congress.

JANUARY 12, 2015

South Dakota Tops List of State Policy Environments for Entrepreneurs

When asked what policymakers can do most for entrepreneurs, sometimes the response has been "get out of the way." That seems to be the overarching message of the latest report from the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.

JANUARY 05, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: 114th Congress Begins

Today, members of Congress return to Washington--or in some cases, move in for the first time. The 114th Congress will formally be sworn in tomorrow and bring in a much-discussed Republican majority to the Senate while strengthening its hold on the House. Between the formal swearing in ceremony and some housekeeping issues, there aren't many committee hearings anticipated (a full schedule for the House has yet to be released).

JANUARY 05, 2015

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

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the recipient of the 2015 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research and the recipients of the 2015 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship.

DECEMBER 19, 2014

On Inc: Women Founders Benefit from Crowdfunding

Alicia Robb, Kauffman Foundation senior fellow, discusses success stories of women who have used crowdfunding, elements to be wary of, and the benefits of crowdfunding for women entrepreneurs, especially those in male-dominated industries.

DECEMBER 16, 2014

Kauffman's Trending Topics in 2014: Entrepreneurship Education, Startup Ecosystems, K-12 Teacher Development and Baseball

2014 has been another year of prolific online content distribution for the Kauffman Foundation, which annually assesses what topics net the most attention as one way to gauge priorities among its entrepreneurship and youth education audiences.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

It’s a Wrap: 2014 Sees Rapid Growth in Demand for Better Research and Policy

The past year brought us a number of developments on the entrepreneurship front including a new collection of research and reports, like the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Government Funding Bill Passes

Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to temporarily fund the federal government--without taking action against President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. The move comes just ahead of the formal conclusion of the 113th Congress. Members of the House left Washington late last week after passing the funding bill and the Senate is expected to wrap things up later today. The 114th Congress is scheduled to convene on January 6, 2015.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

4 Data Science Insights from Facebook Headquarters

Kauffman Research Analyst Arnobio Morelix shares insights from data science conference at Facebook headquarters.

DECEMBER 12, 2014

Occupations vs. Jobs, Part II

Senior Analyst Christopher Laubenthal takes a deeper dive on the difference between jobs and occupations, and how each changes (or doesn't) over time.

DECEMBER 11, 2014

Casting the Spotlight on Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Alicia Robb features recent success stories in Boulder, Colorado, and highlights promising programs that seek to close the large, persistent gender gap in venture capital funding.

DECEMBER 08, 2014

Occupational Licensing: Another Hurdle for Prospective Entrepreneurs

Licensing limits the supply of practitioners in certain fields, thereby shifting the power from consumers to suppliers.