Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Scholars Program

​The Kauffman Foundation is utilizing the Data Enclave to provide scholars secure remote access to confidential microdata from the KFS, an effort to help new business owners overcome start-up challenges aid build innovative, growing companies by providing researchers access to confidential business microdata. Authorized researchers obtain access to a cohort of nearly 5,000 firms that began operations in 2004 and asks an extensive set of questions that cover a range of topics (e.g., the background on founders; the sources and amounts of financing; firm strategies and innovations; outcomes such as sales, profits, and survival).

The Kauffman Foundation is utilizing the Data Enclave to provide scholars secure remote access to confidential microdata from the KFS, an effort to help new business owners overcome start-up challenges aid build innovative, growing companies by providing researchers access to confidential business microdata. Authorized researchers obtain access to a cohort of nearly 5,000 firms that began operations in 2004 and asks an extensive set of questions that cover a range of topics (e.g., the background on founders; the sources and amounts of financing; firm strategies and innovations; outcomes such as sales, profits, and survival). The KFS scholar community has developed an impressive amount of scholarly outputs, including investigator awards, books, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations, research reports and working papers. Much of this research is also highlighted in KFS Digests, intended to highlight new work using the KFS, and on the Social Science Research Network.