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Cover of the report, "Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: Removing Barriers (2023 Updates)"

The Kauffman Foundation continues to recognize, with urgency, the significance of the role new and existing businesses play in local, regional, and the national economy. This report continues our series of sharing the state of capital access for entrepreneurs highlighting the need for innovative products and models to improve capital delivery systems.

Historically, research on entrepreneurship and innovation has rarely been conducted using community-engaged methodologies – even in work that seeks to address barriers to entrepreneurship in systemically marginalized communities. We believe that including the voices of entrepreneurs in the research process may produce more nuanced and robust findings that, ultimately, can serve as the basis for programs and policies that could truly change the landscape of entrepreneurship in the United States.

The cover of a Kauffman Indicators report titled, "Job Creation by Firm Age: Recent Trends in the United States"

Entrepreneurship is often heralded as a driver of job creation. Research finds that young firms are responsible for most net new jobs. There is wide variation, however, in the number of jobs that young firms generate. While some new firms never hire employees and others are responsible for only modest job creation, a small share of new firms experiences extraordinarily high growth and creates a significant number of jobs.

A cover of the paper titled, "New Business Applications during the COVID-19 Pandemic"

In 2020 and 2021, the number of business applications filed each month experienced a great deal of volatility, deviating sharply from historical values. As business applications are often used as an indicator for the general health of the economy, this paper examines these data more closely.

Kauffman Trends in Entrepreneurship: Are We Back? Early Stage Entrepreneurship Trends Two Years Into the COVID Pandemic

The landscape of entrepreneurship has changed dramatically since the emergence of COVID-19. In this brief, we highlight some of these changes based on findings from the Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship Indicators – a set of measures that track new business creation in the United States going back more than 25 years. We also examine how trends during COVID-19 compare to trends during the Great Recession.