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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DECEMBER 07, 2016

Venture for America

Entrepreneurship fellowship program seeks high-growth startups interested in hiring recent college graduates from around the country

DECEMBER 07, 2016

Venture for America Expands to Kansas City

With the support of the Kauffman Foundation, Venture for America will send recent college graduates to contribute to high-growth startups in Kansas City.

DECEMBER 06, 2016

Kauffman Foundation to Accept Nominations for Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

Program will award grants of $35,000 each to seven junior faculty members

DECEMBER 05, 2016

Including People of Color in the Promise of Entrepreneurship

Continued disparity in entrepreneurship among people of color requires understanding of the unique challenges they face and for private and public sectors to broaden entrepreneurial opportunity.

DECEMBER 05, 2016

The 2016 Mayors Conference in 14 Tweets

Read Twitter highlights from the 2016 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in St. Petersburg, Florida.

DECEMBER 02, 2016

Is Entrepreneurship the Most Productive Part of our Economy?

This post is a part of a series by the Growthology team, where we take a look at some of the topics discussed in State of the Field, a compilation of knowledge on entrepreneurship research written by the leading experts in the field. This post looks at productivity.

DECEMBER 02, 2016

2017 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowships: Top Scholars Wanted

With holiday breaks coming up, this is a great time to nominate a deserving colleague, peer, or friend for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). While the nomination period is open for about a month and a half more, as soon as a nomination is submitted the nominee can begin to work on his or her application. We also check in with some of our Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellows to see what they're up to.

DECEMBER 01, 2016

Kauffman Compilation: Research on Race and Entrepreneurship

This compilationhighlights a range of Kauffman resources that discuss entrepreneurs of color, the particular challenges facing these demographics, and the practical and policy ideas to address them.

DECEMBER 01, 2016

Highlights from the 2016 REER Conference

Recapping the 2016 REER Conference with reports on papers about non-competes, the entrepreneurial mindset, and how tough times shape future entrepreneurs.

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Awards $4.3 Million in Grants to Organizations that Support Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to honor the organizations’ commitment to leveling the field for women and minorities at Kauffman’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Policy Changes Needed to Unlock Employment and Entrepreneurial Opportunity for 100 Million Americans with Criminal Records, Kauffman Research Shows

Men of color disproportionately affected by barriers; rethinking occupational licensing policy could counter recidivism, encourage entrepreneurship and boost the American economy

NOVEMBER 29, 2016

How Does Occupational Licensing Affect Employment and Recidivism?

Formerly incarcerated individuals face substantial obstacles to employment when they leave prison, including occupational licensing requirements that exclude those with criminal records from specific professions.

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Nigeria’s Got Talent! Global Entrepreneurship Week in Lagos, Nigeria

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Lagos, Nigeria. According the the Global Entrepreneurship Index, the strongest asset to Nigeria's entrepreneurship ecosystem is its human capital.

NOVEMBER 21, 2016

Main Street Entrepreneurs are Economic and Community Pillars

This Policy Digest examines how Main Street entrepreneurs tend to have deep roots in their communities and encounter distinct policy challenges.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Main Street Entrepreneurship Activity Ramps Up Nationwide and in Most States and Metros

The nation as a whole and most states and metros are experiencing higher rates of small business activity, according to the 2016 Kauffman Index of Main Street Entrepreneurship.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Show and Tel (Aviv): A Startup Nation

Israel is known, for good reason, as Startup Nation.

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Announces KC Accelerator Challenge

Request for Proposals to be issued during Global Entrepreneurship Week to support local venture accelerators

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Istanbul Explores its Entrepreneurial Future at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Some of the first real human settlements, such as Çatalhöyük, were also some of the first places where dedicated commercial exchange took place.

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