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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SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Venture Capital for Mom and Pop Shops

Under-capitalized small businesses cannot unlock economies of scale, which puts them at a further financial disadvantage.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

City Year Kansas City

Following a one-year pilot program in two Kansas City schools, City Year Kansas City officially kicked off in five schools in September 2016, making it City Year’s 27th site. The Kauffman Foundation partnered with a coalition of local community supporters to help bring the program to Kansas City.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

The Gender Gap Remains Large: 3 New Insights from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE)

While the gender gap persists, the average revenue of female-owned firms is on the rise.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Our Formula for Economically Empowering Women: Research + Solutions = Results

Enabling more women to become entrepreneurs and to open small businesses is one way we can help women succeed economically, helping their families and their communities.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Chutes and Ladders: the Relationship between Entrepreneurship and Inequality

Inequality has taken prominence as a pressing political issue, both in the United States and around the world. What role does entrepreneurship play in removing barriers to our collective economic security? Where does entrepreneurship break down the forces of inequality, where does it exacerbate them, and how can policy shape it into a more powerful force for economic independence?

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

How Cities can Become Better Than the Next Silicon Valley

This guest post is the first in a series by Kauffman Foundation grantees and other partners sharing insights on entrepreneurship diversity and inclusion.

SEPTEMBER 06, 2016

Cedar Rapids Talks Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship at Mayor’s Summit

Two takeaways from the Creative Corridor

SEPTEMBER 01, 2016

U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs provides a timely, more frequent socio-economic portrait of the nation’s employer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race and veteran status.

SEPTEMBER 01, 2016

Debating Gender

If we accept that entrepreneurs are born, are we accepting the uneven distribution of entrepreneurial activity?

AUGUST 31, 2016

Startup Activity in America -- A Look at Startup Policy and the Kauffman Index

Policy Director Jason Wiens and Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix share presentations and findings around the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity and what policymakers can do to affect it

AUGUST 30, 2016

Kauffman Compilation: Research on Gender and Entrepreneurship

This fact sheet lists a range or research, articles and blog posts addressing the gender gap in entrepreneurship.

AUGUST 26, 2016

”Normal” Jobs are a Safety Net for Entrepreneurs

The right incentives can go a long way towards successful entrepreneurship. How does a functional, healthy labor market help entrepreneurs?

AUGUST 25, 2016

Startup Activity Gains Momentum in Most States and Metros, According to Latest Kauffman Startup Index

The majority of U.S. states and largest metropolitan areas experienced an increase in new business creation

AUGUST 23, 2016

Ag Tech and Flood Response is shaping Cedar Rapids Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Entrepreneurial growth and scale since the Great Recession will undoubtedly be hot topics at the Mayor's Summit

AUGUST 19, 2016

Keeping Up with the Kauffman Dissertation Fellows

AUGUST 16, 2016

Cross-program Initiatives

We support large-scale initiatives that complement the Foundation's core Education and Entrepreneurship work.

AUGUST 16, 2016

Millennials and the Platform Economy

As Millennials are becoming an increasing part of the adult population; how does the platform economy impact their path to economic independence?

AUGUST 15, 2016

Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Shifts to Growthology

Since 2003, the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship has landed in the inboxes of tens of thousands of subscribers each week, tracking the pulse of public policies and programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs and stimulating economic growth. During that time, not only has interest from policymakers and thought leaders increased significantly, but the discussions among them have evolved as well.

AUGUST 15, 2016

PDE’s Last Call

Today is the final day that we publish the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship. As noted over the past few editions, the Kauffman Foundation will be consolidating its blog repertoire and those of us who write and contribute will be re-directing our thought pieces to updated platforms, including Kauffman’s own Growthology. 

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