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

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: Removing Barriers, Capital Landscape Report, Kauffman Foundation

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shortchanging Small Business

An analysis of more than 4,200 economic development incentive awards in fourteen states finds that large companies receive dominant shares: 70 percent of the deals and 90 percent of the dollars. The deals, worth more than $3.2 billion, were granted by programs that are facially accessible to both small and large companies. That is the […]

Inspired by research on the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth and improved well being, many governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations have sought over the past decade to implement policies and programs intended to support entrepreneurs.  Over this interval, growing appreciation of the limits of strategies focused narrowly on financing or training entrepreneurs has […]

Kauffman Foundation Director of Research and Policy E.J. Reedy addresses members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the role of entrepreneurship in creating economic opportunities for Americans. E.J. Reedy Director of Research and Policy Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Making Entrepreneurial Growth Vibrant Again July 28, 2015 Congressman Hoyer and other distinguished members of the […]