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Entrepreneurship Issue Forums

Entrepreneurship Issue Forum webinar participants

Forum speakers highlight what we know from research and what this means for policy and practice. They also bring to light the experiences of entrepreneurs and those working to support them.

Please note: We host these forums to provide a platform for discussion. The Kauffman Foundation takes no political or legislative position on the discussions.


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

Data Dive – Indicators of Entrepreneurship

(June 2022) 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.


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

Gig Work and Entrepreneurship

(May 2022) 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.


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

Spring Knowledge Challenge Showcase

(April 2022) 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.


Entrepreneurship in the Midst of Digital Transformation | Entrepreneurship Issue Forum

The Great Resignation and Entrepreneurship

(March 2022) Panelists explore what increasing digitalization means for new businesses, how entrepreneurs are adapting to a digital landscape, and what the potential is for digitalization to increase entrepreneurial equity and inclusion – or recreate existing inequities.


A video still from Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: The Great Resignation and Entrepreneurship

The Great Resignation and Entrepreneurship

(February 2022) Panelists discuss why so many Americans are quitting their jobs, breaking down what the current employee retention landscape might mean for new business creation and entrepreneurship in the future.


Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Access to Support

Entrepreneurship and Access to Support

(January 2022) Panelists discuss the current landscape of the U.S. social safety net and its impacts on entrepreneurship, including sharing potential opportunities and solutions to better support entrepreneurs.


Video thumbnail of the December Entrepreneurship Issue Forum

Findings from the NORC Entrepreneurship Researcher Climate Survey: Themes and Next Steps

(December 2021) Scholars from NORC at the University of Chicago discuss a survey that assesses the climate faced by researchers who study entrepreneurship, including the survey’s themes and highlights.


2018 Knowledge Challenge Showcase | Entrepreneurship Issue Forum November 2021

Kauffman Knowledge Challenge 2018 Grantee Cohort Presentations

(November 2021) Knowledge Challenge 2018 grantees showcase what they’ve been learning about the entrepreneurial landscape the past two years, sharing what works – and doesn’t – for modern entrepreneurs.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Spotlighting Rural America

Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Prosperity: Spotlighting Rural America

(October 2021) Panelists discuss the current landscape of entrepreneurship in rural areas in America, along with the innovative solutions to challenges entrepreneurs face to start grow and sustain a business.


Diversifying the Entrepreneurship Research Pipeline | Entrepreneurship Issue Forum September 2021

Diversifying the Entrepreneurship Research Pipeline: Emerging Learnings from 2020 Knowledge Challenge Grantees

(September 2021) In our 2020 Knowledge Challenge RFP, we piloted an investment in five projects that seek to increase diversity in the pipeline of researchers who study entrepreneurship. In this forum, we will hear updates from these five project teams who have increased mentorship and networking opportunities, developed innovative curriculum, and put communities and researchers together in close conversation in an effort to increase the range of perspectives and experiences informing entrepreneurship research.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: How Do Accelerators Support Entrepreneurship?

How Do Accelerators Support Entrepreneurship?

(August 2021) Panelists examine the most valuable aspects of accelerator programs, who is benefitting from accelerator participation, and what the long-term outcomes of accelerator participation are.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Inclusive Prosperity Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Inclusive Prosperity Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

(July 2021) Panelists discuss the research, policies, and programs at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and inclusive prosperity.


Student Loans and Entrepreneurship: Landscape and Policy Considerations | Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum

Student Loans and Entrepreneurship: Landscape and Policy Considerations

(June 2021) Panelists discuss recent research on the relationship between student loan debt and entrepreneurship, and what this might mean for policies and programs.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Brief: Creating a Level Playing Field

Access to Opportunity: Creating a Level Playing Field for Entrepreneurship

(May 2021) Panelists explore the research landscape surrounding several policies that shape access to entrepreneurial opportunities recently highlighted in the Kauffman Foundation’s America’s New Business Plan.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Brief: Entrepreneurship and COVID-19

Entrepreneurship and COVID-19: Reflections on the Past Year

(April 2021) Panelists discuss how the landscape is changing for entrepreneurship in the United States and what this means for policymakers and entrepreneurship support organizations in the months and years ahead.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Business Incentives: What Do They Mean for Entrepreneurship? webinar

Business Incentives – What Do They Mean for Entrepreneurship?

(March 2021) Panelists discuss how business incentives affect regional entrepreneurship outcomes, where they fit within entrepreneur-led economic development strategies, and priorities for incentives in the post-COVID economy.


Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Incarceration to Entrepreneurship

From Incarceration to Entrepreneurship for Returning Citizens: Current Landscape and Policy Considerations

(February 2021) Co-organized by the Kauffman Foundation and Rashawn Ray of the Brookings Institution, panelists discuss returning citizens and the economy – including job creation and innovation, motivations for starting a business, implications for communities, as well as policy priorities and lessons from entrepreneurship support interventions.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Immigration and Entrepreneurship webinar

Immigration and Entrepreneurship: Knowledge Landscapes

(January 2021) Panelists discuss what is known about immigration and entrepreneurs, including the economic effects of immigrant entrepreneurs, pathways and implications of entrepreneurship for immigrants, and a discussion of policy and programmatic action among and by practitioners.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: The Future of Work, Entrepreneurship, and Access to Opportunity webinar

Future of Work, Entrepreneurship, and Access to Opportunity

(December 2020) Panelists discuss how technology is changing the nature of work and entrepreneurship.


Diversity and Inclusion in the Research Community | Entrepreneurship Issue Forum November 2020

Diversity and Inclusion in the Entrepreneurship Research Community

(November 2020) Panelists focus on how systemic inequities in higher education shape the researchers who study entrepreneurship, and ultimately the topics they pursue and the knowledge they produce.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Health Status, Health Care Access, and Entrepreneurship

Health Status, Health Care Access, and their Impact on Entrepreneurship

(October 2020) Panelists discuss what role both physical and mental health play in the entrepreneurial process, and the ways in which access to health care intersects with entrepreneurship.


Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum: Supporting Entrepreneurship, Supporting Families

Supporting Entrepreneurship, Supporting Families: Considerations for Policy and Interventions around Caregiving

(September 2020) Panelists discuss how caregiving affects who becomes an entrepreneur, the trajectory of entrepreneurship outcomes, and what this means for entrepreneurship support interventions.