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Kauffman Knowledge Challenge

The Kauffman Knowledge Challenge seeks to increase entrepreneurial success, which can’t happen unless entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship program and policy designers, ecosystem leaders, and researchers have more insight into what works and what doesn’t work in encouraging and sustaining startups.

The Kauffman Foundation funded a series of programs and initiatives designed to support the overall goal of advancing the study of entrepreneurship, which included the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, and the Doctoral and Early Career Training Programs in Entrepreneurship.

After listening to researchers, entrepreneurs, and those who support entrepreneurs, the Foundation updated its approach to the way it seeks information form research and created the Kauffman Knowledge Challenge in 2018.

The Knowledge Challenge is a biannual program that invites proposers to submit proposals for research activities aimed at improving our basic understanding of entrepreneurs and the levers, tools and methods that can advance entrepreneurship in the United States. The Knowledge Challenge is open to proposers conducting research in universities and academic institutions, laboratories, companies, nonprofit organizations, and as individuals. The goal of the Knowledge Challenge is to produce tangible insights for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship program and policy design, ecosystem leaders, and researchers.

Meet the 32 inaugural Knowledge Challenge grantee organizations and individuals in the four research areas of 2018: