Category Archives: Kauffman Foundation

Entrepreneurs are Optimistic, But Policy Changes Can Help

The state of entrepreneurship is… optimistic. That’s according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which presented its 9th annual State of Entrepreneurship address on Wednesday. Although entrepreneurship as a percent of the population is just half of what it was a generation ago, the trend has been ticking up in recent years. And entrepreneurs, it seems, […]

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Startups: On the Rise and Increasingly Diverse

Startup activity in the U.S. is on the rise again. Three-hundred and thirty out of every 100,000 adults became an entrepreneur last year—translating to 550,000 new businesses a month. A growing number of them were women and Latinos, and most started a new venture to seize an opportunity, rather than out of necessity. These are […]

Startups: On the Rise and Increasingly Diverse

Startup activity in the U.S. is on the rise again. Three-hundred and thirty out of every 100,000 adults became an entrepreneur last year—translating to 550,000 new businesses a month. A growing number of them were women and Latinos, and most started a new venture to seize an opportunity, rather than out of necessity. These are […]

The Research is Clear: Local Business is Good for What Ails The Economy

Here at Locavesting, we always perk up when we see the Hometown Advantage Bulletin land in our mailbox. Put together by Stacy Mitchell & team at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, the newsletter is always full of insightful articles and research on local economy issues. In fact, for 40 years, ILSR has been at […]

2015: The Year in Impact Investing & Social Enterprise

The idea that business can be a force for good has been gaining steam for years, but 2015 may have been the year that it went mainstream. Here’s a look back at some of the year’s most notable developments in the world of social enterprise and impact investing.  Mark Zuckerberg embraces impact investing. When the Facebook […]

A New Index Shows Main Street Entrepreneurship on the Rise

It was a good year for Main Street entrepreneurs. A new Kauffman Foundation index of small business entrepreneurial activity showed a large increase in 2015, marking the first big gains since the onset of the financial crisis six years ago. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has long been a champion of entrepreneurship, especially the kind […]

Kauffman Foundation: Six Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

How do you create an entrepreneurial ecosystem? It’s the question that launched a thousand programs. We know that new business creation is a driver of economic growth and vitality. So, naturally, a lot of effort has been invested in trying to spur entrepreneurship. Over the past several years, the focus has shifted from narrowly-focused programs […]