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Research, Knowledge Creation, & Economic Trends

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Research, Knowledge Creation,
& Economic Trends

We aim to identify economic trends so that policymakers, entrepreneur support organizations, and other decision makers can create ideal conditions for entrepreneurs and their communities. Through the dissemination of practical, actionable, and rigorous evidence, question-based grantmaking, and advances in data, we seek to bridge the gap between knowledge gained and its application in policy and practice.

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Programs & Initiatives


Reports & Briefs

Our research reports and briefs (Entrepreneurship Issue Briefs and Trends in Entrepreneurship) provide knowledge, data, and insights on key opportunities, challenges, and trends relevant to entrepreneurship.


Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship offers in-depth measures, reports, and accompanying interactive data visualizations that present entrepreneurial trends in the United States.

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Knowledge Challenge

The Knowledge Challenge is a biannual program that invites proposals for research activities aimed at improving our basic understanding of entrepreneurs, key practitioner challenges, and barriers to entrepreneurship. The goal is to produce actionable insights and knowledge for entrepreneurs, entrepreneur support organizations, and researchers.

Kauffman Knowledge Challenge

Community-Engaged Research

Community-engaged research can advance equity, reciprocity, and trust with populations who typically experience extraction and harm in the research process. For this portfolio, we gathered together a group of scholars and community organizations committed to community-engaged approaches to entrepreneurship research.

Community-Engaged Research RFP

Entrepreneurship Issue Forums

Entrepreneurship Issue Forums provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to come together to share evidence and insights on specific topics related to entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Issue Forum webinar participants

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