About the Kauffman Indicators

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The Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship offers in-depth measures, reports, and accompanying interactive data visualizations that present entrepreneurial trends in the United States.

The Early-Stage Entrepreneurship Series

The Kauffman Indicators of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship is the first set of data in the Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship. Presented across four clear indicators – Rate of New Entrepreneurs, Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs, Startup Early Job Creation, and Startup Early Survival Rate – as well as one single, early-stage entrepreneurship score, the Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship [KESE] Index, the Kauffman Indicators of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship is intended to be directly relevant to users. A key goal of the Indicators is to provide a balanced perspective on measuring a complex phenomenon.

Data are continually changing, and future years may see revisions to the methodology if appropriate.

From Index to Indicators

The Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship replaces the previous 2015-2018 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, which tracked entrepreneurship across Startup Activity, Growth Entrepreneurship, and Main Street Entrepreneurship. The shift to the Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship was motivated by several priorities, including the need for a series of clear indicators, timely and current information in the context of existing data constraints, and a focus on the nature of early-stage entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Foundation received input from policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders about how to best accomplish these goals.