The City Startup Labs’ Entrepreneurs Academy is using training programs provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for its core curricula. These include:
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 largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.
Our vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.” In service of this vision, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas—education and entrepreneurship—which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum. A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life. Many young adults will work in businesses started by entrepreneurs. Some will become entrepreneurs themselves, providing jobs and wealth for society.
Advancing Entrepreneurial Success
Though all major foundation donors were entrepreneurs, Ewing Kauffman was the first such donor to direct his foundation to support entrepreneurship, recognizing that his path to success could and should be achieved by many more people. The Foundation develops and generously supports numerous efforts that provide entrepreneurs the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to start and grow businesses. Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, for example, was specifically established as a teaching and training entity to accelerate the creation and success of new, scalable businesses. Other Foundation- run or -supported programs, including Kauffman FastTrac, Startup Weekend, entrepreneurship.org, 1 Million Cups, Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, and Global Scholars, contribute directly to achieving this objective. By providing access to education and disseminating practical, needed information, the Foundation helps individuals create their own roadmaps for entrepreneurial success.