Research

The Kauffman Foundation aims to create actionable insights and practical tools to reduce barriers to entrepreneurs through problem-based grantmaking, advances in data, and translation capacity and infrastructure.

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Connecting entrepreneurial research with policy and practice

Connecting entrepreneurial research with policy and practice

Ecosystem builders share their data questions and needs with researchers to help create actionable insights and practical tools.

Entrepreneurship Research Bootcamp, Safiya Noble, Kauffman Foundation

In search of equitable and inclusive data

Leveling the playing field for people to be successful in education and entrepreneurship must include exposing inherent biases in data.

Victor Hwang, president, Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation, presents at Finovate

Breaking down barriers to capital access

Every month, more than half a million people in the U.S. start a business, however more than 400,000 of them need better financial products to start, grow, and sustain their company.

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship offers in-depth measures, reports, and accompanying interactive data visualizations that present entrepreneurial trends in the United States.

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Research-to-Practice Translation

The Kauffman Foundation's entrepreneurship research-to-practice translation work creates a bridge between research and practice. Our approach includes the development of both research-to-practice and practice-to-research translation. Activities include translating research findings and creating processes, opportunities, and infrastructure for researchers to engage in, develop, and access translation capabilities.

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Knowledge Challenge: Insight to Impact

The Knowledge Challenge is a biannual program that invites proposals for research activities aimed at improving our basic understanding of entrepreneurs, addressing key practitioner challenges and barriers to entrepreneurship. The goal is to produce actionable insights and knowledge for entrepreneurs, entrepreneur support organizations, and researchers.

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Data Resources

The Data Resources page contains Entrepreneurship Research Data Overviews that provide guidance on how to use certain datasets, serving as a data reference guide for academics, other data providers, or anyone interested in new research developments in entrepreneurship. This also provides a complete list of Data Resources and other Entrepreneurship Databases.

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Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: Removing Barriers

New businesses play an important role in economic dynamism in the United States, contributing to the economy by creating jobs, innovations, and productivity growth.

This report identifies barriers entrepreneurs face in accessing capital, surveys efforts to break down these barriers, and identifies possible responses.

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