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Entrepreneurship Issue Forums

Entrepreneurship Issue Forum webinar participants

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

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.


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.