For the past month, we have been working closely with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to take entrepreneurial research to the next level. The Foundation, beginning with its decision to support entrepreneurial research in the mid-1990s, has invested aggressively to establish entrepreneurship as a field of academic study.

Following its initial decision to support entrepreneurship research with small grants, the Foundation established support for dissertation research, followed by support for junior faculty. The Foundation followed these investments with its first scholarship conference.

Now the Foundation has turned to the Lab to assist them in defining a roadmap for the future. Why us? Our work in innovation and start-up ecosystems has promoted the integration of new strategy disciplines with practical frameworks for designing and guiding ecosystems.

Both Kauffman and the Lab see research in entrepreneurial ecosystems as the next big challenge.