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Kauffman Trends in Entrepreneurship: Are We Back? Early Stage Entrepreneurship Trends Two Years Into the COVID Pandemic

The landscape of entrepreneurship has changed dramatically since the emergence of COVID-19. In this brief, we highlight some of these changes based on findings from the Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship Indicators – a set of measures that track new business creation in the United States going back more than 25 years. We also examine how trends during COVID-19 compare to trends during the Great Recession.

It takes all of us, working together, to change systems and move toward a society of economically empowered individuals contributing to the improvement of their communities. Our Uncommon Voices series features articles and stories from those working hard on issues that reduce racial inequality and support financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity.

Ecosystems in Action: Practices from the Field

ECOSYSTEMS IN ACTION: PRACTICES FROM THE FIELD Key Practice This brief outlines an example of how one organization leveraged state policy to address the perennial problem of access to capital for entrepreneurs. By financing a revolving loan fund, the program became a robust platform for entrepreneurial ecosystem development. This story explores three practices that when […]

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It all starts with access to opportunity for people to improve their lives. The Kauffman Foundation provides access to opportunities that help people achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity – regardless of race, gender, or geography. Our grantmaking, research, programs, and initiatives support the start and growth of new businesses, a more prepared […]

Emerging Collaborations RFP

The Emerging Collaborations RFP provides matching funds to encourage and accelerate collaborations between two or more entrepreneurship support organizations working together to support Heartland entrepreneurs in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.