Kauffman foundation announces two new programs
Marion Kauffman Foundation will
invest more than $5 million in efforts to stimulate the economy with new
high-tech, high-growth ventures.
“What we need is more entrepreneurs,” said Lesa Mitchell, a Kauffman vice
president specializing in advancing innovation.
Two new programs, the Kauffman Entrepreneur Fellows and the Entrepreneur
Postdoctoral Fellows, mark an evolution in the approach of the Kansas City-based
“We are not just funding education and waiting to see what will happen,”
Mitchell said. “This is funding people who will create the technologies and the
companies of the future.”
The fellowship programs are the first to emerge from a larger
multimillion-dollar initiative called Kauffman
Laboratories for Enterprise Creation.
Kauffman Labs aims to increase the number and boost the success of high-growth
startups through a series of existing and developing programs.
These two new programs will focus on grooming promising technology entrepreneurs
and plugging them in to high-powered networks of technology experts, investors