Announcements from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Announcements from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

INCLUSIVE ECOSYSTEMS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP):
A new funding opportunity for entrepreneurship researchers launched this week. The Inclusive Ecosystems RFP engages researchers and communities to examine how structural issues shape equity and opportunity in entrepreneurial ecosystems. This three-year opportunity is open to community-engaged research teams located in the Heartland — Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. Project teams will develop research-driven case studies, work with Foundation staff to develop templates and tools for assessing equity in ecosystems, and ultimately provide practical, actionable insights for individuals and community leaders working to promote inclusivity in entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Whether you are a potential applicant or would like to share this opportunity with your networks, you can find more information about the Inclusive Ecosystems RFP here: https://rfp.kauffman.org/prog/2022_inclusive_ecosystems/. Applications for the Inclusive Ecosystems RFP are open until 11:59 p.m. CT on April 13.

2022 CENTRAL STANDARDS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP):
The Kauffman Foundation’s 2022 Central Standards RFP is open for applications. The RFP focuses on supporting entrepreneurship support organizations in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas, providing funds to encourage and accelerate collaborations between two or more entrepreneurship support organizations working together. Proposals will be accepted until May 20. Learn more about the 2022 Central Standards RFP here: https://rfp.kauffman.org/prog/2022_central_standards/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=efn_cs22_March2022

SPRING KNOWLEDGE CHALLENGE SHOWCASE:
Join us for our Spring Knowledge Challenge Showcase, which will feature short presentations by Kauffman Knowledge Challenge grantees. Their work focuses on activities that improve our understanding of entrepreneurship and generate practical, actionable, and rigorous evidence to inform decision making and create systems change. The event is open to the public, and we encourage entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneur support organizations, and community members to join and hear about how this research can inform your work. Participants will learn how to facilitate faster and more equitable growth in innovation systems, how policy-makers can leverage entrepreneurship to support refugee integration into new communities, why accelerators should think beyond VC investment readiness when supporting Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs in finding capital, and more.
The showcase will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT April 28.
Register here: https://kauffman.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zMv_c1WUS3yfnggdObLx7A

EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES:
The next virtual Early-Stage Researcher Professional Development session will take place on Friday, April 29 at 1 p.m. CT with mentors Emily Erikson (Yale University) and Evan Starr (University of Maryland).

This series is open to 18 early-stage researchers, providing an opportunity to connect with research mentors to discuss research approaches, professional development, and the research career trajectory.
Register for Professional Development Series here: https://www.jotform.com/form/220595924477164

KESE 2021 NATIONAL REPORT AND DATA UPDATE:
The recently released 2021 Kauffman Indicators of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) national report highlights data from the past year, providing a look at trends surrounding the rate of new entrepreneurship and the opportunity share of new entrepreneurs.

Key points include that while the rate of new entrepreneurs decreased from 2020 to 2021, it remained higher than in pre-pandemic 2019. At the same time, the opportunity share of this activity indicates that many of these transitions were undertaken by people with few other options for economic engagement. Yet, a partial return to pre-pandemic levels in both new entrepreneurial activity and the opportunity share of new entrepreneurs shows a rebound from the widespread economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the report here: https://indicators.kauffman.org/reports/2021-early-stage-entrepreneurship-national?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=efn_kese_2021_pkg to learn more about the latest data, including statistics on specific demographic groups.