New ID8 Nation Web Channel Features Vibrant Entrepreneurial Communities in US Cities

Cities across the United States are looking for lessons on how to build entrepreneurial communities to help fuel their economies. ID8 Nation, a multimedia channel launching today on the Kauffman Foundation website,, explores cities' entrepreneurial ecosystems to provide insights on what grows in them and why. The first city profiled is Pittsburgh.

Entrepreneurial Activity Declines as Jobs Rise in 2012 according to Kauffman Report

As the unemployment rate fell in 2012, another economic indicator dropped too: the overall business creation rate. According to the annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity released today, the 2012 rate declined slightly from 0.32 percent of American adults per month starting businesses in 2011 to 0.30 percent in 2012. That translates to approximately 514,000 new business owners per month in 2012 compared to 543,000 the year before. The 2012 business creation rate is slightly higher than pre-recessionary and long-term levels.

Six Myths About Venture Capital Offer Dose of Reality to Startups

Venture capital is the exception, not the norm, as a funding source for startups. More VC-backed new companies fail than succeed, and since 1999 VC funds have barely broken even. Those are just some of the myth-busting facts revealed by Diane Mulcahy, director of private equity at the Kauffman Foundation and a former VC herself, in the May issue of the Harvard Business Review that focuses on entrepreneurship.

New Kauffman Video Sketchbook Extols the Value, Shares the Strategy of Networking

As representatives of more than 100 entrepreneurship organizations from around the world gather this week in Rio de Janeiro for the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), idea sharing and networking are surely high on participants' agendas. For those seeking to make the most of networking opportunities on-site and when they return home, today's GEC Fringe Session, "Build Your Entrepreneurial Network," will provide practical, actionable steps to help attendees maximize their time and efforts.

Successful Education Program Connects Kansas City Entrepreneurs through High-Value, Low-Cost Events and Word-of-Mouth Recruiting

In what some might consider an ironic twist, technology seems to play a lesser role in building a local entrepreneurial community for startups than good old-fashioned face-time and word of mouth. That’s one of the key findings in a new paper released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that surveyed participants in 1 Million Cups (1MC), Kauffman’s popular entrepreneur educational program launched in Kansas City, Mo., last year.

1 Million Cups from Kauffman Labs Ready to Perk Up Entrepreneurs in Reno and Cedar Rapids

1 Million Cups, an education program created by Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation to bring together and engage entrepreneurs, has added two more cities to its expanding map. Kauffman Labs is a program of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Winner Named in Global Desktop Factory Competition

The inventor of a machine that turns plastic pellets into affordable filaments for low-cost 3D printers is the winner of the first Desktop Fabrication Competition, a global contest sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, Maker Education Initiative and Inventables.

New Kauffman Foundation, LegalZoom Survey Captures Rare Picture of America's Startups

Data on newly formed companies and their founders are hard to come by, but a vital component to measuring economic health. In an effort to learn more about the challenges facing today’s entrepreneurs, LegalZoom and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation surveyed 1,431 business owners who formed their companies through LegalZoom in 2012.

Startup Visa Could Create Up to 1.6 Million U.S. Jobs in Next 10 Years, According to Kauffman Foundation Report

Startup Visas would unleash a torrent of entrepreneurial energy among foreign-born individuals in the United States, according to a white paper released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The report, “Give Me Your Entrepreneurs, Your Innovators: Estimating the Employment Impact of a Startup Visa,” said that offering the visas has the potential to add, conservatively, between 500,000 and 1.6 million new jobs over the next 10 years.

Kauffman FastTrac Receives Sponsorship from AARP to Pilot Entrepreneurship Course for Baby Boomers in 3 U.S. Regions

Baby boomers residing in New York City, Southern California and South Florida may soon find it easier to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship thanks to a new sponsorship agreement between Kauffman FastTrac and AARP. In an outreach to its membership, AARP has agreed to underwrite the bulk of expenses for 60 aspiring entrepreneurs age 50+ to enroll in a Kauffman FastTrac course.

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