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Kauffman Issue Brief: Measuring Accelerator Performance

Understanding the performance of accelerators is important to a wide range of individuals and organizations: participating startups, accelerator managers and staff, investors, partners, donors, funders, and policymakers.

Kauffman Issue Brief: Accelerators: The Basics

Accelerators are entrepreneurship support programs primarily aimed at helping participating startups scale-up and access early customers.

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: Removing Barriers Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: Removing Barriers

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recognizes this significance of new businesses and believes every entrepreneur who has the potential to succeed should have the supportive conditions necessary to start and grow a business. The Foundation seeks a nation of “Zero Barriers” to entrepreneurship. Barriers can affect the trends and outcomes associated with entrepreneurship. They can […]

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Momentum and Maturity

The Important Role of Entrepreneur Development Organizations and Their Activities Entrepreneurial ecosystems are becoming recognized as a way to stimulate economic growth, innovation, and social change. Their implementation is gaining momentum across the United States and other parts of the world as their benefits are recognized. Nations, cities, regions, universities, and others are collaborating to […]

Startup Financing Trends by Race: How Access to Capital Impacts Profitability

This briefing explores startup financing trends and how access and cost of capital impact profitability. To do so, we use data from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE). The ASE, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, is the largest annual survey of American entrepreneurs ever done and exists thanks to a public-private partnership between the […]

Changing Capital: Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance

Capital is obviously vital to entrepreneurs, and the sources and types of capital available to them are changing. The gaps that exist between investors and entrepreneurs have narrowed due to networks created by new technologies. Easier communication has created new ways for investors to aggregate and deploy capital. Furthermore, the transaction costs of capital formation […]

Will They Stay or Will They Go? International STEM Students in the United States are Up for Grabs after Graduation

The United States stands to lose valuable economic contributors unless it removes immigration barriers to international STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students who earn advanced degrees here, according to a study released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. International Ph.D. students in the United States on temporary visas accounted for nearly two-fifths (39 […]

Little Town, Layered Ecosystem: A Case Study of Chattanooga

In 2010, Chattanooga was the first city to launch a fiber-optic Internet network that provided residents with high-speed Internet. Chattanooga has welcomed this new addition to their infrastructure and has used it to recognize and recruit entrepreneurs to start businesses in their city. We find this development is based on Chattanooga’s deep history of collaboration […]