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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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 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

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. This past weekend, the focus shifted to Africa as the U.S. president travelled to Nairobi where he joined Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on stage for GES 2015.

JULY 27, 2015

How Policy Can Support Network Development

As the research -- and buzz -- accumulates over the power of startup ecosystems, government officials at all levels are increasingly looking for ways to spur their growth. 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

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 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.

JULY 20, 2015

American Capitalism – Toward a New History: Industrial Capitalism to Finance Capitalism

Part 3 of the 3 part series on "American Capitalism - Toward a New History." University of Maryland, Baltimore County assistant professor, Christy Ford Chapin discusses how the U.S. economy has transitioned from industrial capitalism to finance capitalism since WWII.

JULY 20, 2015

Women Entrepreneurs Are Key to Accelerating Growth

The lack of women entrepreneurs is not just a gender issue — it’s an economic issue.

JULY 20, 2015

Women Entrepreneurs are Key to Accelerating Growth

Our new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest explores barriers to women entrepreneurs and offers five policy recommendations to address the gender gap.

JULY 20, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Taming Taxes for Entrepreneurs

With only a couple weeks left before Washington turns into a ghost town for August, there are a number of committee hearings on tap this week. Simplifying tax burdens for entrepreneurs and small business owners is at the top of the list.

JULY 20, 2015

The Crowd and the Regulator: How a Few Rule Changes Could Accelerate Entrepreneurship

Crowdfunding has captured the public’s attention and support and to date more than 16 states across the United States now offer state-based crowdfunding. But as regulators work on rule modernization, we should be careful to balance the exuberance with clarity around different types of crowdfunding and precision around what we are trying to accomplish.

JULY 16, 2015

What’s Trending in the Latest Entrepreneurship Papers?

Find out more about the most-read papers among entrepreneurship academics.

JULY 16, 2015

How to Become a Breakthrough Entrepreneur

Kauffman FastTrac presents author Dorie Clark in a three-part video series and Twitter chat beginning July 23.

JULY 15, 2015

Seeking New Insights and Potential Sources of New Entrepreneurial Growth: Minority Entrepreneurship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is seeking research proposals that generate knowledge and expertise that can feed joint learning, innovative practices, and evidence-based policymaking for successful entrepreneurship and the financing of entrepreneurial ventures by minorities.

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