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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MAY 03, 2016

Labor After Labor: Why Barriers for Working Mothers are Barriers for the Economy

Policymakers, businesses and entrepreneur support organizations can drive policy and cultural changes necessary to fulfill the promise of entrepreneurship for mothers

MAY 03, 2016

New Report Examines the Economic Contributions of Working Mothers

New report by Kauffman researchers Emily Fetsch and Alex Krause examines the challenges facing mothers in the workforce.

MAY 02, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: May Recess

No committee hearings are scheduled for the week ahead. Members of the House and Senate returned to their home states and districts for a one week recess. They will reconvene next week and have only eight weeks in session before they break for the summer recess in mid-July.

MAY 02, 2016

Sharing the Risk of Entrepreneurship

In the last of policy commentaries emerging from the latest Global Entrepreneurship Congress, I note that governments are taking an increasing interest in mitigating the risks of their entrepreneurs who start new firms, and as more people accept the broader societal value of those who build and make things. We unpack one such issue highlighted by Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies, who recently recommended U.S. policymakers consider allowing individuals to maintain unemployment insurance when they are starting a business. We unpack one such issue highlighted by Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies, who recently recommended U.S. policymakers consider allowing individuals to maintain unemployment insurance when they are starting a business.

MAY 02, 2016

How Innovative Is Your State?

A robust and innovative start-up sector is key to sustainable economic growth. For innovation to occur, however, enterprises must have both the incentive and the capacity to invest. Incentives are multi-faceted and heavily reliant on the overall investment climate. Capacity depends on the education level of employees and management, their experience in rapid adaptation of products and processes, and their access to funds for R&D and commercialization.

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

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