State and Local Entrepreneurship Policies are Focus of Kauffman Foundation’s Incentives to Innovate Conference

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Academics, entrepreneurs and policymakers discuss state and local initiatives to better support entrepreneurship; Watch Livestream April 17, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. CDT at

Faced with meager recoveries and historically low rates of new firm formation, state and local governments are taking a fresh look at jumpstarting entrepreneurial activity in their regions. To further the conversation on initiatives and policies focused on entrepreneurs and startups, leading academics, entrepreneurs and policymakers from across the U.S. will gather for the Incentives to Innovate: State Policies to Jumpstart Innovation conference at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on April 17, 2014. The conference will be streamed live at from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CDT.

Topics of discussion include:

  •     The current state of the field of state and local initiatives and examples of what appears to be working
  •     New practical and actionable ideas and policies
  •     Current research on and how to determine the effectiveness of policies
  •     How to improve the policy environment for both companies and state and local governments

Following a welcome by Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Research and Policy, the conference will include a series of keynote presentations by researchers Nathan Jensen, Washington University in St. Louis; Ann Markusen, University of Minnesota; and Rosemarie Ziedonis, University of Oregon.

Sessions will be organized in presentations and panels around the examination of state and local tax expenditures, economic development initiatives, and other incentives and subsidies aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and innovation. All attendees also will have the opportunity to give brief three-minute pitches on any topic of their choice related to entrepreneurship and state and local policy at two "lightning" rounds of presentations during the conference.

View the complete agenda. Follow the discussion on #stateinnovate.

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. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on and

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