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

View:
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. 

AUGUST 12, 2016

Everyone Has to Reinvent Themselves

Examining the entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities facing small towns

AUGUST 11, 2016

Why Competition Matters

Entrepreneurship and competition are inextricably linked. What specific areas can improved policy around competition boost entrepreneurship?

AUGUST 09, 2016

What the Changing Nature of Work Means for Entrepreneurship

The traditional employer-employee work relationship is changing, brought on in part by the business model of young, innovative firms. This Policy Digest explores the impact of the platform economy on entrepreneurship and provides policy recommendations.

AUGUST 08, 2016

Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Shifting 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 08, 2016

Looking Back on 15 Popular PDE Posts

Next week, we will wrap up our last official edition of the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship with a look back to when it began and how it evolved through the years – and then the discussion shifts to Growthology. Since PDE launched, thousands of posts have been delivered to millions of inboxes, covering a wide range of topics and policy areas at all levels – local, state/regional, national and even global.

AUGUST 08, 2016

Women Drive Startup Activity Higher for Second Straight Year

Key measures of new business creation in the United States point upward for the second year in a row, according to the 2016 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, released late last week. The Startup Activity Index, a key annual indicator of new business creation, rose to 0.38 in 2016 – going up for the second year in a row – a mere two years after plunging to its lowest level in two decades.

AUGUST 05, 2016

Pokémon Go; Entrepreneurship through the Lens of the Kauffman Index

Pokémon Go is the gaming sensation of 2016. How did the brains behind the game turn it into a summertime success? And what can other entrepreneurs learn from Pokémon Go?

AUGUST 04, 2016

Startup Activity on the Rebound, Annual Kauffman Index Reports

More people are being drawn to entrepreneurship by opportunity than by necessity; the startup gender gap has narrowed. Despite the large short-term increases, entrepreneurship remains in long-term decline.

AUGUST 02, 2016

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship brings mayors and entrepreneurship experts together to discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities.

AUGUST 02, 2016

Entrepreneurs Create Businesses that Help Platform Economy Workers

The emergence of the platform economy has presented entrepreneurs with opportunities to develop innovative solutions to problems facing participants in this new economy.

AUGUST 01, 2016

The E*SHIP Summit

The Kauffman Foundation will host a first-ever summit of its kind on entrepreneurship in Kansas City in the summer of 2017. Our vision: to build and support a dedicated community of the world’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem builders.”

AUGUST 01, 2016

Mayor's Summit Fosters Discussion Around Improving Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Four topics found an audience for debate among policymakers, city officials and entrepreneurs in Madison, Wisconsin

AUGUST 01, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Summer Recess

All of the confetti has been swept from the convention floors and members of Congress are back in their home districts for summer recess. With the general election looming, that recess will be full of campaign appearances and other chances to connect with constituents -- meaning that Washington, DC, will be a bit of a ghost town for August. Members will return to the nation's capital in early September after Labor Day weekend.

AUGUST 01, 2016

PDE Shifting 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.

Show More