City, Metro, and Regional Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Foundation Research Series on City, Metro, and Regional Entrepreneurship consists of reports that explore the entrepreneurial ecosystems of medium-tier cities, as well as ways to measure and support entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Reports in the series include:

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Measuring an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

03/16/15   This paper offers twelve indicators and their sources for measuring the outcomes and vibrancy of a local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

10/01/15   Inspired by research on the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth and improved wellbeing, many governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations have sought over the past decade to implement policies and programs intended to support entrepreneurs

Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis

09/10/14   This paper documents the resurgence of entrepreneurial activity in St. Louis by reporting on the collaboration and local learning within the startup community.

Guidelines for Local and State Governments to Promote Entrepreneurship

03/10/15   This paper provides recommendations for how cities and states can promote entrepreneurship and begin to see results.

Leveraging Regional Assets: Insights from High-Growth Companies in Kansas City

07/15/13   Based on interviews with local Inc. 500/5000 companies, this study found that, while the Kansas City region has many entrepreneurial strengths, those assets could be tapped further to help young companies attain even greater success.

Little Town, Layered Ecosystem: A Case Study of Chattanooga

One physical vision of how entrepreneurship is started is by a spark of inspiration, sometimes between coworkers, sometimes in the classroom, sometimes in the shower.

The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies

"The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies," a report series released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, reveals that high numbers of fast-growing firms are concentrated in unexpected regions and industrial sectors.

The Regional Environment in Indianapolis: Insights From High Growth Companies

09/10/15   As with other “typical” cities in the Midwest, Indianapolis is often overlooked in academic studies, but has much to offer the research, practice, and policy communities interested in entrepreneurship and its benefits.