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What We Learned From The Kauffman Foundation In 2011

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Women 2.0 and the Kauffman Foundation are together working toward improving the economic welfare of our nation by boosting high-growth entrepreneurs.

This year, the Kauffman Foundation discovered a “jobs leak,” illustrated entrepreneurs’ contributions and recommended policy reforms for growth. They also looked at research focused on annual startup rates, legal reforms for economic growth and job creation trends.

Here are the highlights from 2011:

  • Starting Smaller and Staying Smaller — Research uncovered a troubling trend of new companies, our greatest source of new employment. They are generating fewer jobs and growing slower than ever before. This slow “jobs leak” pre-dates the recession of 2007 – 2009.
  • The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity reveals that while more new firms were started in 2010 than over the previous 15 years, the number of employer firms had declined.
  • Learn from easy-to-watch video “sketchbooks”, which illustrate the vital contributions entrepreneurs make to the economy — they birth innovations, create jobs and produce all net new wealth in society.
  • Check out the research on Rules for Growth, a compilation of policy reforms that could promote innovation and economic growth. The recommendations come from the nation’s leading legal scholars.
  • The Startup Act offers a set of ideas for jump-starting the economy through new business growth and job creation. Recommendations include reforming immigration rules to keep job-creating immigrant entrepreneurs in America and tax reforms for early-stage startups. On Dec. 8, 2011, Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced a Startup Act bill that included many of the ideas in the Kauffman Foundation’s proposal.

The Kauffman Foundation releases regular reports, videos and whitepapers to share the latest research findings on the phenomenon of entrepreneurship — to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and to better facilitate the commercialization of new technologies by entrepreneurs and others.

Kauffman research is readily available to view online — investigate the critical role entrepreneurs play in the economy, and be part of the movement toward a better future — today.

About the guest blogger: Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006 with Shaherose Charania. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management, web UI design, and entrepreneurship. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.