Boomers, Millennials Focus of Upcoming State of Entrepreneurship Address

State of Entrepreneurship Address 

When the Kauffman Foundation presents its latest State of Entrepreneurship Address at the National Press Club next week, the focus will be on two demographic trends that are shaping the future of entrepreneurship in America.

While previous Kauffman studies have highlighted the entrepreneurial prowess of Baby Boomers, the picture isn’t quite as bright for Millennials who must overcome “the twin menaces of student debt and the Great Recession” to pursue an entrepreneurial path.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet headline the event.

Last year's address explored several ideas to stimulate entrepreneurial growth, with the most popular being the formation of a Regulatory Improvement Commission. The idea for an independent panel that would periodically review regulations and propose reforms to Congress for an up or down vote was proposed by Will Marshall, founder and president of the Progressive Policy Institute.  

Wendy Guillies, acting Kauffman president and CEO, will deliver the formal 2015 address, followed by a panel of policy experts, including:

Mark Zandi, chief economist, Moody's Analytics

Shaila Ittycheria, co-founder, Enstitute
Aparna Mathur, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Christopher Farrell, senior economics contributor, Marketplace; author of Unretirement and The New Frugality
William Galston, senior fellow at Brookings; NPR commentator; Wall Street Journal columnist

U.S. Representative Jared Polis, (CO-2)
U.S. Representative John Delaney, (MD-6)
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)

Some seats remain, but is limited. You must register in advance to attend.


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Mark Marich

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Since 1998, Marich has provided communications leadership on several national initiatives and more than 100 public forums covering a wide range of policy issues, including: entrepreneurial growth & economic development; health care; renewable energy; telecommunications; regulatory reform; and, workforce development.