1871 X The Kauffman Foundation

Advising founders on policy decisions that have a major impact on entrepreneurial success.

Today’s policy, tomorrow’s progress

Together with the Kauffman Foundation, 1871 convenes entrepreneurs, supporters, and policymakers to increase awareness, education, and advocacy.

#EachforEqual in STEM Education Policy

On Tuesday, March 17th, 1871 hosted its first-ever virtual Policy Forum powered by the Kauffman Foundation. The topic of this Forum was the role of STEM education in building a diverse future workforce. Expert panelists from MakerGirl, Project Exploration, and WBEZ led the discussion.

Recap of 1871’s “Beyond the Rhetoric” Policy Forum

On Wednesday, November 20th, 1871 hosted its fourth in a series of six policy forums supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The topic of this particular forum, broadly speaking, was changing the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion in policy work.

5 Key Takeaways from 1871’s Tax Policy Forum

On March 13th, 1871 invited a group of entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers to address challenges associated with financial and tax regulations. Taking the lens of established or soon-to-be entrepreneurs, the forum was full of insights and best practices on how founders could navigate their way through a web of complex regulations.

1871 Selected to Help Form First-Ever Kauffman Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network

1871 is one of six entrepreneurial support organizations selected from an invitation-only nationwide RFP process. The Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network seeks to remove barriers to new business creation and entrepreneurial success by improving public policy at the state level.

3 Key Takeaways from 1871 and the Kauffman Foundation’s Inaugural Policy Forum

In August, entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers convened at 1871 to participate in our inaugural Policy Forum powered by the Kauffman Foundation. The topic for the Forum focused on policies that were either helping or hindering access to capital for diverse entrepreneurs.

Starting a business in 2019? Here’s what you need to know about small business regulations

Our second 1871 Policy Forum, powered by the Kauffman Foundation, focused on discussing challenges related to small business regulations. The first half of the Policy Forum focused on learning about the resources available to entrepreneurs at the local, state and federal levels. During the second half of the forum, attendees learned about and discussed the challenges, successes, and the future of small business regulations.

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org.

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