Entrepreneurs are critical to the long-term health and prosperity of our economy. The Kauffman Foundation works to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote startup-friendly policies, and to understand what new firms need to start and grow.

We believe that entrepreneurs can increase their chances of success with practical education and training; that innovation is key to entrepreneurial growth; that strong ecosystems foster successful entrepreneurs; and that startup-friendly policies can boost job creation.

What's New in Entrepreneurship

JULY 25, 2014

Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash

Get in the Ring is a high-impact pitch competition in which entrepreneurs battle head-to-head to secure growth opportunities, potential clients, and relationships with those who can help them succeed.

JULY 25, 2014

Rethinking Non-Competes: Unlock Talent to Seed Growth

The free movement of individuals in and out of jobs is a crucial component of an entrepreneur-driven economy, in which those with good ideas can easily leave employment to start new businesses.

JULY 24, 2014

Kauffman Founders School Presents Nine-Part Series on Leadership and Motivation for Entrepreneurs

Best-selling business author Daniel Pink sheds new light on the art and science of motivation and how entrepreneurs can leverage these insights to be more effective leaders.

JULY 23, 2014

On The Hill: Startup Visas Can Positively Impact the Economy

Dane Stangler and Jason Wiens explain how a startup visa could create up to 1.6 million jobs and boost the economy by up to 1.5 percent.

JULY 21, 2014

Non-Competes Can be Non-Starters, According to New Kauffman Policy Digest

State enforcement of non-compete agreements restricts highly skilled workers from moving in and out of new jobs and/or from starting their own businesses.

JULY 14, 2014

Energizing Health Collaboration Series | Pittsburgh | Building Bridges: Beyond Patient Engagement

This event features panel discussions to further a collective understanding of the patient engagement space from a business, design, and engineering perspective.

JULY 10, 2014

New 'Founder Genius' Videos Feature Insights from Big Omaha Entrepreneurs

New Kauffman Founders School videos address issues such as “how to manage cofounder relationships,” “how to divide equity in your company” and “how to find your target customer.”

JULY 01, 2014

Now is the Time to ‘Get in the Ring’: Pitch Competition Application Opens for U.S. Entrepreneurs

Applications are now open for U.S. entrepreneurs to compete in the second annual Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash competition.

JUNE 30, 2014

Kauffman Founders School Live Presents ‘Getting to WOW’ with Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Bill Reichert

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Reichert shares new rules for successful innovation and entrepreneurship at a free Kauffman Founders School Live presentation on July 2.

JUNE 29, 2014

Kauffman Founders School LIVE with Anita Newton at Maker Faire KC

Kauffman Founders School contributor and marketing expert Anita Newton shares her expertise at Maker Faire Kansas City.

JUNE 28, 2014

Maker Faire: Kansas City

This family-friendly event at historic Union Station demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating.

JUNE 27, 2014

On Forbes.com: Factors That Result in Entrepreneurial Success

Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Research & Policy, speaks to the power of teamwork, discipline, the American system, and even a little luck in bringing founders prosperity.

JUNE 27, 2014

House and Senate Bills Could Advance Innovation and Competitiveness, According to Kauffman-Funded NFAP Report

A Kauffman-funded National Foundation for American Policy report finds that key parts of pending immigration bills would open the door wider to highly skilled individuals.

JUNE 27, 2014

Kauffman-Funded NFAP Studies Explores Immigrants’ Importance to U.S. Science, Engineering

Immigrants have played an increasingly important role in contributing to science and engineering advancements in America, according to a Kauffman Foundation-funded National Foundation for American Policy report.

JUNE 27, 2014

Kauffman Grant Boosts Journalism at KCUR

This new grant will give public radio station KCUR-FM resources for another major investment in its local news staff.

JUNE 26, 2014

Kauffman Foundation Announces Three-Year Challenge Grant to Expand Impact of Pipeline

Foundation will provide up to $1.435 million in matching funds to expand programming.