Research

Our research is contributing to a more in-depth understanding of what drives innovation and economic growth in an entrepreneurial world, and best practices for improving academic achievement in Greater Kansas City.

With the goal of creating new knowledge about entrepreneurship, Kauffman conducts and supports research that informs our own education programs and that educates policymakers and the public about pro-entrepreneurship policies at all levels of government.

For research related to improving academic achievement, Kauffman focuses on Kansas City-area education issues and the development of a longitudinal database of student data from preschool through postsecondary.

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Momentum and Maturity

05/25/17
Using the metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City, this paper provides insights into how regions can accelerate momentum and increase their return on investments in entrepreneur development.
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Changing Capital: Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance

10/24/16
This report examines trends in entrepreneurial capital formation and considers their implications for entrepreneurs.
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Startup Financing Trends by Race: How Access to Capital Impacts Profitability

10/24/16
This briefing explores startup financing trends and how access and cost of capital impact profitability.
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Little Town, Layered Ecosystem: A Case Study of Chattanooga

02/22/16
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.
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Big Business Gets Dominant Share of Economic Development Incentives

10/20/15
An analysis of more than 4,200 economic development incentive awards in fourteen states finds that large companies receive dominant shares: 70 percent of the deals and 90 percent of the dollars.
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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.
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Making Entrepreneurial Growth Vibrant Again

07/28/15
Kauffman Foundation Director of Research and Policy E.J. Reedy addresses members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the role of entrepreneurship in creating economic opportunities for Americans.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sources of Economic Hope: Women's Entrepreneurship

11/19/14
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.
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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.
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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.
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