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Presentation of the Kauffman foundation

Wednesday 25 May 2011, by Romain Sautard

The Kauffman Foundation [1] and Entrepreneurship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the thirty largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.

The Kauffman Foundation promotes economic ideas that contribute to improving the global economic system. For this purpose, it focuses, through work and / or donations on four main areas: Entrepreneurship, Advancing Innovation, Education, and Research and Policy.

In the area of entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation is now the largest American foundation to focus on this area and has more than fifteen years of in-depth experience in the field. Leaders from around the world look to the Foundation for entrepreneurship expertise and guidance to help grow their economies and expand human welfare. The Kauffman Foundation works with leading educators, researchers, and other partners to further understanding of the powerful economic impact of entrepreneurship, to train the nation’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, to develop and disseminate proven programs that enhance entrepreneurial skills and abilities, and to improve the environment in which entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. In late 2008, the Foundation embarked on a long-term, multimillion-dollar initiative known as Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation, which, through a set of innovative programs, is seeking to accelerate the number and success of high-growth, scale firms.

In the area of Advancing Innovation, the Kauffman Foundation research suggests that many innovations residing in universities are slow getting to market and that many will never reach the market. As the Foundation looks to improve this complex task, it works to research the reasons why the system is not more productive, explores ways to partner with universities, philanthropists, and industry to ensure greater output, and ultimately foster higher levels of innovative entrepreneurship through the commercialization of university-based technologies.

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