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.

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APRIL 28, 2016

A Billion Reasons to Encourage Immigrant Startups

Two recent studies emphasize the need for an update of current immigration policy.

APRIL 25, 2016

The plural of anecdote is data

Anecdotes, the knowing narrative, and hard data -- Kauffman VP of research Dane Stangler explains why the plural of anecdote is data

APRIL 25, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: HALOS Act Hits House Floor

Congress will likely vote on the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act this Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot, chairman of the Small Business Committee, attempts to make it simpler for startups to raise capital at public pitch events for groups of angel investors.

APRIL 25, 2016

University Research Brings the Local Closer to the Global

Universities traditionally measure their impact on entrepreneurship locally. At last month’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), Bill Aulet from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reminded us that in a world where national boundaries are porous to both innovation and knowledge creation, assessing our impact globally can be a strong driver of collective performance improvement.

APRIL 25, 2016

EDA Adds $5 Million to i6 Challenge Competition

The U.S. Economic Development Administration added an extra $5 million to its i6 Challenge for 2016 -- bringing the total dollars available through the program to $13 million. The i6 Challenge competition helps regions build capacity through creation and expansion of cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs.

APRIL 22, 2016

3 Tax Topics that Tax Entrepreneurs

Research shows a complex tax system costs small firms, tax incentives do not spur job creation and state taxes can have an important impact on growth.

APRIL 20, 2016

In the Ripon Forum: Five Policies to Spur Entrepreneurial Growth

APRIL 20, 2016

Fostering Vibrant Ecosystems One Cup at a Time – Thoughts on the 1 Million Cups Organizer Summit

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix shares insights on fostering vibrant ecosystems from the 1 Million Cups Organizer Summit

APRIL 19, 2016

A New State of the Field - Kauffman Foundation Releases New Entrepreneurship Research Tool

A new State of the Field website has launched which overviews different research topics in entrepreneurship. Read this post to explore the new available features!

APRIL 19, 2016

What big banks can’t do

Local lenders can boost entrepreneurial ecosystems by evaluating social capital

APRIL 18, 2016

The Ecosystem Trap

Kauffman's VP of Research and Policy defines and explores the entrepreneurship ecosystem trap

APRIL 18, 2016

Corporations Embracing the Startup Disruptor Threat

As corporations identify challenges within their operations, corporate leaders are increasingly looking to young, startup entrepreneurs for dynamic thinking and innovative problem solving. There is a shifting corporate culture to expand in-house solutions to a more open and collaborative environment, and the startup-corporate connection is a mutually beneficial partnership.

APRIL 18, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Cyber-Preparedness & Encryption

Following a flurry of committee hearings on taxes and other issues leading up to Tax Day, things look a bit quieter on Capitol Hill in the week ahead. The Joint Economic Committee wraps up the tax discussion this Wednesday with a hearing titled, “Is Our Complex Code Too Taxing on the Economy?”

APRIL 18, 2016

VC Starts 2016 Down, But Poised for Expansion?

Regardless of which source you consider, the amount of money venture capitalists invested in startups in the first quarter of 2016 has dropped.

APRIL 15, 2016

From Ingredients to Recipe In Entrepreneurship Ecosystem -- Thoughts for Economic Developers

Kauffman researchers Yas Motoyama and Arnobio Morelix share their presentation to economic development agencies on entrepreneurship ecosystems

APRIL 14, 2016

Entrepreneurship Can Give the Country a New Start

Find out more about what the New Entrepreneurial Growth agenda has to say about immigration and entrepreneurship.

APRIL 14, 2016

Four Indicators for a Vibrant Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – Thoughts on the Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Arnobio Morelix, Kauffman researcher, shares thoughts on the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Colombia

APRIL 11, 2016

A Hard Look at Accelerators

In my third commentary arising from programming at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress last month, I share comments about evidence to determine the effectiveness of accelerators. While many startup success stories like Facebook did not involve accelerators, most entrepreneurs now consider them part of the start and scale journey. This has driven demand for the launch of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, prompting us to question how differences across accelerator programs influence startup performance.

APRIL 11, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Taxes in Focus as House Returns

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives return to Washington this week from spring recess with a full slate of committee hearings. With Tax Day falling on Friday, there are a number of hearings addressing the topic – including a pair on simplifying the tax code for small businesses.

APRIL 11, 2016

Study Ranks U.S. Seed Accelerators

As we take a hard look at accelerators this week, eight seed accelerators were recently singled out as the cream of the crop in the 2016 Seed Accelerator Rankings. Even those only casually familiar with the startup space in the U.S. have probably heard of 500 Startups (Silicon Valley), Techstars (Boulder) and Y Combinator (Silicon Valley). Those three were joined by Alchemist (San Francisco), Amplify LA (Los Angeles), Angelpad (New York), Chicago New Venture Challenge (Chicago) and MuckerLab (Los Angeles) as the top tier of accelerators in the U.S.

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