Posts Tagged ‘Kauffman Foundation’

The World’s Top Startup Ecosystems

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Startup Genome’s 2012 report ranks the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world. The authors used interviews, case studies, surveys, and secondary data to produce the rankings.

The top ten:

1. Silicon Valley

2. Tel Aviv

3. Los Angeles

4. Seattle

5. New York City

6. Boston

7. London

8. Toronto

9. Vancouver

10. Chicago

Download the report [PDF] here.


Related: Our interview with Judy Estrin on entrepreneurship, innovation, and Silicon Valley.

GEW 2012 Starts Today!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week starts today and runs through November 18. So far, Dropifi (an app that helps ecommerce businesses to connect more effectively with customers) won the award for most innovative startup, and hundreds of new business were created. Many more events are coming up this week in over 130 countries.

Read more about GEW’s kickoff and this week’s activities here.

The Impact of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

A new Sketchbook video illustrates the impact of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which features over 30,000 events worldwide from November 12 through 18.

Entrepreneurship in Africa

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

At, Jonathan Ortmans explores the conditions that are making Africa a great climate for entrepreneurship, including the rise of local investors, mobile banking, and planned tech cities. Ortmans concludes: “The next chapter in Africa’s history will be largely written by its new generation rather than by foreign aid organizations. More importantly, I expect Africa to lead in fresh thinking about problems and in producing world-class innovations that will benefit us all.”

Read the article here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

Monday, September 10th, 2012

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, “the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators,” is being held November 12 through November 18. There are more than 30,000 events planned worldwide including Startup Weekend, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, and the Creativity World Forum.

Check out the events scheduled for your part of the world here.

Watch a video about last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week below:

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week will take place from November 14 – 20. Last year, over 400,000 Americans participated in all 50 states. GEW promotes innovation, creativity, job creation, and economic growth through a variety of activities, which include: a competition to find the 50 most promising startups worldwide; a clean technology competition; a competition to win a free yearlong trip around the world; and Startup Weekend, a networking event focused on creating new startups.

Learn more about GEW 2011 here.

Entrepreneurship in Colombia

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Colombia may be associated with violence and drugs in popular culture, but it has recently been strengthening its entrepreneurial base, says the Kauffman Foundation’s Policy Forum Blog. The Colombian government has been removing barriers to starting businesses, educational institutions have been adding more entrepreneurship courses and programs, more business incubators are cropping up, and there is an increased focus on entrepreneurship in the media. Certainly there are still problems with drugs and violence, creating a chaotic environment that discourages many potential entrepreneurs. Nonetheless, some entrepreneurs have found creative ways to respond, such as a company that produces bullet-proof underwear.

Read more at the Policy Forum Blog.

Kauffman Labs Hopes to Encourage More Female Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation recently launched its first Women in Science and Engineering Business Idea Competition. “We know that more women than ever are leading U.S. businesses and hold a nearly three-to-one majority in undergraduate and graduate education, but too few pursue the path of high-growth entrepreneurship,” said Lesa Mitchell, vice president, Kauffman Foundation. “The Women in Science and Engineering Business Idea Competition is designed to illuminate world-changing concepts that have significant commercialization potential, and to escalate their visibility so that more female scientists and engineers are encouraged to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas.”

Learn more about the competition at the Kauffman Foundation’s website.

Also, be sure to read our fascinating Kaizen interviews with two highly-educated female entrepreneurs, Reena Kapoor and Judy Estrin. Both women share their thoughts on the effect of culture on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Starts November 16

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week starts November 16. From the website: “For one week, millions of young people around the world join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Countries across six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.”

Find out about Entrepreneurship Week events in the United States here.

Entrepreneurship in Bolivia

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Jonathan Ortmans covered Bolivia in his recent Policy Forum Blog post. “…[I]t is young firms that grow that provide the most benefits to society in terms of job and wealth creation and innovation,” he writes. “Thus, the challenge ahead for Bolivia is to enable more growth entrepreneurs.” the problem, according to Ortmans, is that the Bolivian government’s policies “discourage the participation of entrepreneurs in the economy.”

However, “young Bolivians understand that they can create a “new” breed of enterprise, different from the micro-businesses that have flourished in Bolivia due to necessity. They envision enterprises that capture opportunities for innovation and that generate more employment, more wealth and improved social conditions for everyone in the process.”

Read the full article here.