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

APRIL 17, 2015

A Very Taxing Process

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson explains why the conversation about taxes doesn't have to be only be about how high or low they should be. Reducing the complexity of taxes and how burdensome they are can open up more resources that entrepreneurs can use to accelerate their business.

APRIL 16, 2015

How to Organize 1 Million Cups in Smaller Cities: Lessons Learned from Georgetown, Delaware

Kauffman researcher Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores what's brewing in 1 Million Cups Georgetown, Delaware.

APRIL 15, 2015

Startup Dos and Don’ts for Finding Venture Capital

New Kauffman Founders School video series teaches entrepreneurs how to find, approach and negotiate with venture capitalists to secure funding that matches their business needs.

APRIL 14, 2015

Presentation at Facebook Headquarters: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Presented @Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley: Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix present insights from entrepreneurial networks on how to build robust entrepreneurship ecosystems

APRIL 13, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Tax Day Means Talk of Reform

More than half of the U.S. feels that their taxes are too high and with Tax Day falling on Wednesday this week, several congressional committees are picking up the discussion of tax reform.

APRIL 13, 2015

Learning to Take the Pulse of an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

When it comes to creating the conditions that allow entrepreneurs to thrive – that is, well-functioning entrepreneurial ecosystems – policymakers often wonder whether what they are seeking can be quantified.

APRIL 13, 2015

States Pursue Angel Tax Credits

More than half of U.S. states offer tax credits for early stage investors. Of course, the programs vary widely from state to state — some are successful and expanding, others are stagnant and expiring and still others that are desperately trying to introduce legislation to create them.

APRIL 13, 2015

Left Behind? The New Generation of Latino Entrepreneurs

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch examines the growth of Latino-American entrepreneurs and the particular challenges they face.

APRIL 10, 2015

Call for Attendees: Midwest Entrepreneurship Research Workshop

Entrepreneurship researchers located in Kansas, Missouri, and surrounding states are invited to attend this conference and may present their research.

APRIL 09, 2015

Nothing That's Worth Having Comes Easy

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson explores some of the challenges that entrepreneurship hoists upon people and explains how those challenges are still outweighed by the benefits of success.

APRIL 09, 2015

Words to Give By

The words of Ewing Marion Kauffman continue to inspire and guide the foundation that bears his name.

APRIL 08, 2015

3 Emerging Trends in the Accelerator Model

Kauffman researcher Colin Tomkins-Bergh highlights 3 emerging trends in the accelerator model: Evolving Upstream, Expanding Scope of Services, and Growth of Corporate Accelerators.

APRIL 07, 2015

Startup Genome

The Kauffman Foundation is helping Startup Genome build and evaluate community data curated by a worldwide network of volunteers who create up-to-date maps of entrepreneurial communities.

APRIL 07, 2015

Intellectual Property Rights Can Either Help or Hinder Innovation, According to Latest Kauffman Policy Digest

Intellectual property protections can increase productivity and firm valuations, but they also can be inefficient and hinder innovation if they are too weak or too strong

APRIL 07, 2015

How Intellectual Property Can Help or Hinder Innovation

Although intellectual property protections can increase productivity and firm valuations, they also can be inefficient and hinder innovation if they are too weak or too strong.

APRIL 06, 2015

Mapping Kauffman Emerging Scholars in Entrepreneurship

Kauffman Researcher Alex Krause shows where the Emerging Scholars are located today on an interactive map.

APRIL 06, 2015

Rockstar Entrepreneurs Do Come to Washington

Last week, a new think tank opened in the nation's capital with involvement of Silicon Valley investors including super angel Ron Conway and Napster cofounder Sean Parker.

APRIL 03, 2015

Occupational Licensing Reaches the Supreme Court

See how a recent Supreme Court case may change the way state licensing boards are made up.

APRIL 02, 2015

6 Ways to Think More Entrepreneurially

Kauffman researcher Alex Krause discusses 6 ways to more entrepreneurial thinking.