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Central Standards RFP

The Central Standards RFP provides matching funds to encourage and accelerate collaborations between two or more entrepreneurship support organizations working together to support Heartland entrepreneurs in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

A video still from the June 2022 Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, "Kauffman Entrepreneurship Forum: Data Dive – Indicators of Entrepreneurship"

This spring, the Kauffman Foundation released updates to our entrepreneurship indicators, highlighting the latest entrepreneurial trends in both the New Employer Business series and the Kauffman Indicators of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship. The data has sparked conversations about the status of the economy and entrepreneurial activity this past year, particularly around what these trends mean for our cities and communities today. Watch the full forum below.

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Economist Rob Fairlie says the most recent update of the Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship’s Early-Stage Entrepreneurship data illustrates a highly resilient entrepreneurial community in the face of COVID-19 as well as extended growth in self-starters among emerging majorities, specifically among Latino founders.

A video still from the May 2022 Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, "Gig Work and Entrepreneurship"

Gig work has received increasing attention in recent years, particularly with the rise of digital platforms. What does the proliferation of digital platforms — and gig work more broadly — mean for entrepreneurship? This forum discusses the landscape of gig work in the U.S., various types of gig work, the relationship between gig work and entrepreneurship, and the implications of gig work for policy and practice. Watch the full forum below.

A video still from the April 2022 Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, "Spring Knowledge Challenge Showcase"

Kauffman Knowledge Challenge grantees highlight their research, which focuses on activities that improve our understanding of entrepreneurship and generate practical, actionable, and rigorous evidence to inform decision making and create systems change. Watch the full forum below.

Amy Unruh

Amy Unruh is a senior communications manager of Education, KC Civic, and Evaluation in Public Affairs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She is responsible for leading communication projects that help strengthen educators, key city assets administrators, and the evaluation team to grow and engage communities and audiences. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Unruh […]

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Chhaya Kolavalli writes that Kauffman’s Inclusive Ecosystems grant is focused on research that values community voice and pushes back against the accepted norm to collect data, and frame problems and solutions on communities, rather than with them.