1. Education


    Ewing Kauffman believed that youth prepared to succeed in college will go on to lead productive, economically independent lives. In carrying out Mr. Kauffman's legacy, our education work focuses on access to high quality public school options and postsecondary opportunities intended to improve academic and life outcomes for lower income urban students in Kansas City.
  2. Entrepreneurship


    Entrepreneurs are critical to the long-term health and prosperity of our economy and society. We work to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and to further understand what new firms need to start and grow.
  3. Kansas City

    Kansas City

    From our home in Kansas City, we work on initiatives that reach into our neighborhoods and around the world. We support important civic causes that enrich our community and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Recent Activity

DECEMBER 10, 2015

Small Business Activity on the Rise in Majority of U.S. States, According to New Kauffman Foundation Research

Small business activity is on the rise in 49 of the 50 U.S. states and 38 of the top 40 largest metropolitan areas this year, according to two new reports from the Kauffman Foundation.

DECEMBER 08, 2015

What American Cities Can Learn from Warsaw

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, Google officially launched its new Campus Warsaw, similar to its existing campuses in London and Tel Aviv, and with more on the way in three other cities. The Google campus is located across the Vistula River from the main part of Warsaw—and, incidentally, the part of the city that was not destroyed by the Nazis.

DECEMBER 07, 2015

Women’s Entrepreneurship Research – What We’re Funding

The Kauffman Foundation put out a call for proposals for research in Women’s Entrepreneurship earlier this year as a part of our New Entrepreneurial Growth Initiative. This post summarizes the research the Foundation chose to fund.

DECEMBER 07, 2015

Incentives for Silver Startups

Are older entrepreneurs, sometimes dubbed third age entrepreneurs, encore entrepreneurs or seniorpreneurs more likely to start businesses than recent college graduates?

DECEMBER 07, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Omnibus Work Looming

The week ahead looks to be a busy one for Congress -- with Friday the deadline to pass an omnibus bill that keeps the U.S. government funded and moving along as usual. Of course, not everyone thinks that Congress can get everything finished by Friday, including new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. While members deal with the massive spending measure, there are several hearings and meetings of note.

DECEMBER 04, 2015

Does the Shortage of H-1B Visas Hinder Startup Growth?

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch explores immigration challenges facing startups, particularly the shortage of H-1B visas.

DECEMBER 03, 2015

Top Entrepreneurship Papers of November 2015: What Made the List?

What is being read most among entrepreneurship academics? The ERPN page showed these top entrepreneurship papers downloaded between October and November 2015.

DECEMBER 03, 2015

Small Businesses in the U.S. on the Rise, Reversing Six-Year Downward Trend

Reversing a six-year downward trend, activity in established small businesses increased last year, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index: Main Street Entrepreneurship, a new report that tracks small business activity and ownership in the United States.

DECEMBER 01, 2015

New Kauffman Sketchbook Expresses Urgent Need to Provide Students the Opportunities They Deserve

Every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures, according to a new Kauffman Sketchbook video.

DECEMBER 01, 2015

Kauffman Sketchbook - "A Sense of Urgency"

Aaron North, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Education, discusses how every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures. North recommends moving beyond the ideologies and personal philosophies that can distract efforts to stay focused on advancing academic achievement for every student.

DECEMBER 01, 2015

REER Conference 2015

Highlights of 3 papers presented at the 2015 Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference: Part 2

Leading entrepreneurial scholars and practitioners discuss the meaning and importance of an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Policy Environment Important in Shaping Entrepreneurship

Near the end of the day at the Startup Nations Summit, Jonathan Ortmans asked me to make a couple of observations about startup policy. I did not use slides, but several people asked for some sort of synopsis of my talk. Here is roughly what I said.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: The Economic Outlook

Last month, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told the House Committee on Financial Services that the U.S. economy was performing well. This week, she makes an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee where she may announce the first raise interest rate increase since June 2006.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Dept. of Labor Announces $100 Million TechHire Competition

While everyone looks to Silicon Valley and its tech startups for the next unicorn to generate huge amounts of wealth, there is considerable competition for talent with the right skills. With the immigration debate stuck in neutral, there are hundreds of thousands of tech jobs throughout the U.S. that are currently unfilled in rapidly growing sectors.

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