How do we empower the makers, the doers, the dreamers of our society?

The ESHIP Summit - the Kauffman Foundation’s inaugural convening of leaders fighting to answer that question in their communities.

More than 400 ecosystem builders will convene in June in Kansas City. Yet, we know that not everyone will be able to make the trip.

That’s why we will be sharing stories and the outcomes of the ESHIP Summit on

Sign up below to stay updated on the collective work of ecosystem builders and help break down barriers for entrepreneurs across the country.


Our vision. We believe you have the fundamental right to turn your idea into an entrepreneurial reality, regardless of who you are or where you’re from, with zero barriers in the way.

Our mission. We seek to empower entrepreneurs everywhere as agents of progress. We aspire to build a new model of economic development where entrepreneurs are celebrated and accelerated. We aim to pioneer the principles, culture, tools and metrics of successful entrepreneurial communities. In short, we are entrepreneurial ecosystem builders.

Our gathering. This event will be like no other. Participants will work together – hands-on, creatively and boldly – to design their ecosystems using new approaches and best practices. No politics, no pretense, no ordinary presentations. We seek practical results. That means leveling the playing field. That means wider participation in our economy.