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

AUGUST 05, 2015

Trust and Entrepreneurship: A Presentation by Martin Ljunge

How does trust impact the likelihood of starting a business venture? Martin Ljunge, of the Research Instiute of Industrial Economics taught us about his work in trust – how cultural perceptions of trust impact economic decisions, such as the decision to start a business.

AUGUST 03, 2015

Top Entrepreneurship Papers of July 2015: What Made the List?

Each month, we’re hoping to better answer the question: what’s being read by academics with an interest in entrepreneurship? In July 2015, these were the most downloaded entrepreneurship papers.

AUGUST 03, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Senate to Focus on Cybersecurity Bill

With members of the House of Representatives already back home enjoying their August recess, the Senate has a few more days left in session in Washington. It is widely expected to push forward the Cyber-Information Sharing Act (CISA -- S.754) as quickly as possible but with members of both parties lining up with amendments to the bill, time is of the essence.

AUGUST 03, 2015

A Rising Tide for Cybersecurity Regulation & Entrepreneurs

Reacting to the shockwaves that recent data breaches sent through government, businesses and individuals, the United States Congress has held a large number of committee hearings on cybersecurity and privacy. These regulatory deliberations and expected regulatory changes, combined with the major losses inflicted on large companies and institutions, are driving entrepreneurs and investors to help meet the demand for data protection.

JULY 31, 2015

Job Evolution and the Rise of the Robots

Kauffman intern Melissa Peck shares her thoughts on what jobs will look like as robots and artificial intelligence becomes a greater and greater part of our lives.

JULY 30, 2015

State of the Field: Distilling the Universe of Entrepreneurship Research

Researchers Wanted! Created by the Kauffman Foundation, State of the Field is a compilation of knowledge on entrepreneurship research written by the leading experts in the field.

JULY 29, 2015

Entrepreneurship Education and Training: What Works?

This series will explore where the state of research stands, what has been concretely proven to work, where the gaps of knowledge lay and what we as educators, entrepreneurs, policy makers and researchers can do to fill them.

JULY 28, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Twitter Chat | Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor

Join Kauffman Founders School and the U.S. Small Business Administration as we discuss why every entrepreneur needs a mentor.

JULY 28, 2015

Making Entrepreneurial Growth Vibrant Again

Kauffman Foundation Director of Research and Policy E.J. Reedy addresses members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the role of entrepreneurship in creating economic opportunities for Americans.

JULY 28, 2015

Job Creation & the Economy: 5 Ways to Foster Growth

E.J. Reedy, a director in Research & Policy, addresses members of Congress regarding the role of entrepreneurship in creating economic opportunities for Americans.

JULY 27, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Double-dose of FCC

With August recess looming, members of the Federal Communications Commission make a couple of appearances on Capitol Hilll this week.

JULY 27, 2015

Kauffman Foundation Director of Research & Policy Will Speak to U.S. House Members on Entrepreneurship’s Impact on Economy

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Director of Research and Policy E.J. Reedy will address members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the role of entrepreneurship in creating economic opportunities for Americans.

JULY 27, 2015

How Policy Can Support Network Development

A new policy brief from the OECD outlines how policymakers can help fuel the growth of networks to help entrepreneurs — particularly those among under-represented groups such as women and youth — start and scale new firms.

JULY 27, 2015

Entrepreneurs Called to Ignite Economic Growth for Africa and Beyond

Since 2010, when President Barack Obama presided over the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Washington, D.C., it has expanded to a global event, subsequently hosted by the governments of Muslim majority nations, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Morocco.

JULY 24, 2015

Occupational Licensing is Holding Back the American Dream

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson connects the dots that show how occupational licensing is a barrier that hinders economic mobility.

JULY 23, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Hosts Twitter Chat on the Importance of Mentors

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the one-hour chat will discuss the importance of mentors for Millennial entrepreneurs.

JULY 23, 2015

Opportunity Awaits: Native Americans and Entrepreneurship

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch shares the first of a four part series on Native American entrepreneurship.

JULY 22, 2015

Pitch Coach Gives Entrepreneurs Q&A Confidence in New Kauffman Founders School Video Series

Presentation and pitch coach Nathan Gold offers techniques entrepreneurs can use to turn Q&A sessions into opportunities.

JULY 22, 2015

Why Do We Care About Entrepreneurial Exit?

Firms that don't survive in perpetuity are not necessarily failures. There are many reasons entrepreneurs may exit their venture.

JULY 21, 2015

On Cascade: Creating an Environment for Entrepreneurship

Tax incentives—often used to attract or retain existing businesses—aren’t always the best way to stimulate economic growth.

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