Market Gaps

Working together with communities and collaborating organizations to level the playing field for entrepreneurs that have been systemically left behind due to demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic barriers through existing entrepreneur support grant programs, issuing requests for proposals (RFPs), and amplifying learnings across the field of entrepreneurship support.

Andres Wydler

When entrepreneurship is inclusive, everyone benefits

Andres Wydler and other ecosystem builders discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion during the 2018 ESHIP Summit.

James Parker Oregon Native American Chamber

Closing the opportunity gap for Native American entrepreneurs

Learn about how the Oregon Native American Chamber is working to empower Native Americans to seek the opportunities that come from entrepreneurship.

Rethink Entrepreneur State of Entrepreneurship 2018 Kauffman Foundation

Redefine, reclaim, rethink entrepreneur

It's time to rethink the word 'entrepreneur' to include all the makers, doers, and dreamers, who are as diverse and unique as the communities they call home and the businesses they create.


Inclusion Open

The Kauffman Foundation works with communities and partners to level the playing field for entrepreneurs who have been systemically left behind due to demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic barriers. The Foundation awards grants organizations that have exceptional track records in removing barriers that make starting and growing a business more difficult.

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Kauffman Fellows

Founded in 1994 as an experiment to educate and train future leaders of high-growth companies, Kauffman Fellows is now the premier leadership organization in innovation and capital formation.

Graduates from the two-year mastery-level program lead venture capital, government, corporate, university, and startup innovation efforts. More than 500 fellows comprise a life-long network of leaders from more than 200 venture capital firms representing funds that invest billions into startups globally.

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Capital Access Lab

The Capital Access Lab seeks to catalyze new financing mechanisms to serve the wide majority of entrepreneurs who can't access venture capital or bank loans, increasing capital investment to underserved entrepreneurs who have been historically left behind, including due to their race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, and/or geographic location. The Kauffman Foundation has committed $3 million to seed this new fund. 

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