Arnobio Morelix

Senior Research Analyst and Program Officer, Entrepreneurship

Arnobio Morelix is a senior research analyst and program officer in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is a principal investigator on the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, the first and largest index tracking entrepreneurship across city, state, and national levels. For over a decade, the Kauffman Index has been a trusted source of entrepreneurship indicators in the United States—referenced in the policy world by institutions like the White House Office of the President of the United States, the Small Business Administration, and by U.S. Embassies and Consulates in several countries. Morelix also is an editor of Kauffman’s entrepreneurship research blog, Growthology.org.

Morelix’s work has been featured on dozens of media channels, including places like the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Inc., Forbes, Real Clear Markets, and the Washington Post. Morelix has spoken about entrepreneurial ecosystems and high-growth entrepreneurship at the Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley and Startup Oasis at SXSW.

Morelix was nominated as a Top 25 Innovators under 35 by Revista VEJA, the leading magazine in Brazil, and won the EF – Education First – International Social Media Challenge in 2011 against candidates from more than thirty countries. Morelix worked with EF in Barcelona and Zurich on a marketing and social media initiative.

Morelix also is the cofounder of PESSOA Institute, a social venture teaching entrepreneurship to 3,000+ people in impoverished communities in South America.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Morelix worked as a research assistant at the University of Kansas, where he graduated with honors with dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and business. Morelix did part of his studies at the Asian School of Business in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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