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 29, 2015

2015 TEDxKC

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect.

AUGUST 27, 2015

On The Wall Street Journal.com: The One, Crucial Question Entrepreneurs Need to Ask Their Mentors

Wendy Torrance, Kauffman Foundation director of Entrepreneurship, reveals the one, crucial question entrepreneurs need to ask their mentors.

AUGUST 27, 2015

Square Co-founder Jim McKelvey to Speak at Techweek KC

Techweek KC’s 2015 lineup of speakers got even stronger this week, as the tech festival added Jim McKelvey, co-founder of the Square mobile payment app, to an already star-studded lineup of speakers.

AUGUST 25, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Twitter Chat | Finding Your Startup Community

Join Kauffman Founders School and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Twitter as we discuss how Millennial entrepreneurs can find — and harness the power of — their startup communities within their own respective cities.

AUGUST 25, 2015

Google to Alphabet, Acqui-hires, and Occupational Licensing

Kauffman research analyst Chris Jackson summarizes some excellent pieces on the different kinds of acqui-hires, the Google to Alphabet bet, and the White House's focus on the effects of occupational licensing

AUGUST 24, 2015

Expelling 4 Myths of High-Growth Companies

Do you think most of the fast-growing companies in the United States are venture-backed tech companies based in Silicon Valley? A look at a potential SXSW presentation on 4 myths of high-growth companies by the Kauffman Foundation.

AUGUST 24, 2015

Accelerators Across U.S. Get $4 Million from SBA

In another sign that governments are becoming more savvy when it comes to the economic potential of high-growth startups, the U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced $4.4 million in support for accelerators in 39 states (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico).

AUGUST 24, 2015

Montana’s Entrepreneurial Zeal

According to the 2015 Kauffman Index, Montana ranks as the state with the highest level of startup activity—the third straight year it has topped the rankings. However, how sustainable is its recent entrepreneurial success?

AUGUST 24, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Hosts Twitter Chat on Finding Your Startup Community

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the one-hour chat will discuss how millennials can locate existing groups of like-minded entrepreneurs.

AUGUST 21, 2015

Where Unicorns Come From: Genealogy of $1B+ Companies

How do "Unicorns" - Companies valued at over $1B get started? A look at a SXSW session the Kauffman Foundation hopes to lead.

AUGUST 20, 2015

Startup Capital and the Native American Entrepreneur

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch highlights the financing challenge among many Native American entrepreneurs in the third part of her four part series.

AUGUST 19, 2015

Kauffman Foundation Announces 2015 Recipients of Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

Find out more about the recipients of the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF).

AUGUST 17, 2015

Improving the Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Policy Through Rigorous, Relevant Research

By aligning agendas and promoting shared methodologies, the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) is encouraging rigorous, relevant research aimed at improving outcomes from entrepreneurship policy and programs.

AUGUST 17, 2015

Obama Makes Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

President Barack Obama just signed an executive order that makes the Presidential Innovation Fellows program a permanent part of the federal government. Established by the White House in 2012, the program brings entrepreneurs and other innovators to Washington DC for a 12-month stint to work alongside government employees in improving federal programs.

AUGUST 13, 2015

Dissertations in Entrepreneurship: Seeking More Scholars

With less than a week away from the deadline for the 2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, Growthology highlights some of the great work from dissertations completed this year by previous fellows.

AUGUST 10, 2015

EDA Announces Latest i6 Challenge, Seed Fund Support Grants

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced $10 million in funding opportunities through the Economic Development Administration’s 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program.

AUGUST 10, 2015

Deconstructing Job Creation from Startups

Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a thoughtful new working paper, "Cross-country evidence on start-up dynamics", that showed patterns across countries that are similar to those found for the United States. The report offers important insights for researchers and policy makers fine-tuning how to measure the dynamics of new firm formation.

AUGUST 10, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: August Recess in Full Force

Last week ended with the Senate postponing a vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, pushing back a vote until Congress reconvenes in September following the Labor Day weekend.

AUGUST 07, 2015

Academy of Management

The Kauffman Foundation recognizes the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship recipients at this meeting.

FEBRUARY 24, 2015

Kauffman Founders School Twitter Chat | Millennials and the Next Wave of Entrepreneurship

Join @KauffmanFS and special guest @SBAgov on Twitter as we discuss opportunities and challenges for Millennial entrepreneurs.

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