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

NOVEMBER 24, 2014

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Congress Breaks for Thanksgiving Recess

After a brief return to Washington following the midterm elections earlier this month, Members of Congress have returned home this week for Thanksgiving recess.

NOVEMBER 24, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week Comes to a Close -- Or Does It?

As it has for each November since 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week has unleashed a huge ground swell of events and competitions around the world, raising awareness and rallying support for entrepreneurs along with the polices and programs that help them start and scale new firms. But while the cacophony has begun to fade, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the momentum generated during GEW continues to resonate well into the coming year.

NOVEMBER 24, 2014

Is the Lean Startup Movement Still a Startup?

Kauffman Foundation research analyst Arnobio Morelix details the life cycle of the Lean Startup Movement.

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

How to Make Cities Entrepreneurial

In this Forbes.com blog post, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Dane Stangler, who leads the Kauffman Foundation’s Research and Policy program, highlight key themes that arose out of the 2014 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship that focused on the maker movement.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Women's Entrepreneurship Has Potential to Create Tailwind for U.S. Economic Growth

The future of American growth is in the hands of women, says a new Kauffman Foundation study released on Women's Entrepreneurship Day during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Bring Out the NETS to Capture Business level Data

Kauffman Foundation Research Director E.J. Reedy discusses why NETS is a great resource for scholars needing annual employment and revenue information on private businesses in the United States over time.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Sources of Economic Hope: Women's Entrepreneurship

This new paper suggests that accelerating female entrepreneurship could have the same positive effect on the U.S. economy that the large-scale entry of women into the labor force had during the 20th century.

NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Renowned Presentation Coach Offers Tips and Techniques for Mastering the Q&A Session

Kauffman Founders School Live offers "Q&A: Mastering the Unpredictable" a free, livestreamed presentation on Nov. 19, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EST.

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Founded and supported by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a shot of adrenaline at one point in the year but it has led to the creation of a year-round platform that is creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week–Kansas City Officially Launches Today, Nov. 17

Global Entrepreneurship Week–Kansas City officially launches today with more than 70 local events planned, including tonight’s Kickoff Rally at Union Station.

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Disaster Tax Relief for Small Businesses Leads Slow Week

Hearing on disaster tax relief for small businesses and individuals leads a slow week in Congressional committees in Washington

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

Kauffman Foundation to Accept Nominations for Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

The Kauffman Foundation will award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship.

NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Narrowing the Gender Gap in the VC World

In this Forbes.com article, Alicia Robb, senior fellow, offers insights and experiences from women tech entrepreneurs on the key challenge of funding.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

2014 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

Mayors and entrepreneurship experts convene to share best practices about promoting startup activity and to discuss ways to encourage entrepreneurship in their cities.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Chicago Ideas Week

The Foundation is proud to sponsor Chicago Ideas Week, which brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond.