2014 State of Entrepreneurship Address: 'Toward America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda'

24 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2014

Date Written: February 12, 2014


While the nation's economy has seen significant overall improvement since the end of the Great Recession, economic indicators continue to paint a mixed picture, and several long-term challenges loom over the future.

The Kauffman Foundation today addressed these challenges, which include a falling rate of new business creation, at its fifth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address. The event, held at the National Press Club in Washington, featured remarks from Kauffman President and CEO Tom McDonnell.

Noting positive economic news about strong growth in 2013, McDonnell cited "persistent negative forces" that are preventing a stronger recovery from getting underway. Despite high-profile successes, the rate of business formation has lagged for two decades, and there is concern over the effect of falling entrepreneurship on job creation, wage growth, mobility and overall economic dynamism.

McDonnell's address highlighted solutions presented in this new Kauffman report, "Toward America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda," which was released at the event as a platform to launch a new initiative geared toward identifying ways the United States can foster a faster-growing and more broad-based entrepreneurial economy.

America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Initiative will include conferences, seminars and commissioned research, with the goal of producing an agenda by early 2016.

The initiative will explore issues such as:

- What is driving the slowdown in U.S. entrepreneurship? - What long-term implications will decelerating entrepreneurship have on unemployment and job market dynamics? - How can the United States continue to attract and retain entrepreneurial immigrants, particularly in light of heightened global competition for this talent? - How can regulations protect and enable entrepreneurs seeking alternative routes of financing? - How can educational institutions adapt to changing talent and skill demands?

Keywords: entrepreneurship, state of entrepreneurship, kauffman, policy, firm formation, growth

Suggested Citation

Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman, 2014 State of Entrepreneurship Address: 'Toward America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda' (February 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2395574 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2395574

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Contact Author)

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