Kauffman Fellows: A Two-Year Mastery Program

Established in 1995 and based in Silicon Valley, the Kauffman Fellows Program is a 2-year transformative opportunity designed to radically accelerate innovator success through self-reflection, peer learning, mentoring, and a structured curriculum taught by venture capitalists and global thought leaders.

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A Flourishing Global Community

The Kauffman Fellows Program is made possible through the steady support of the global venture community. Firms become members of the Kauffman Fellows Network by sponsoring someone at their firm for a Kauffman Fellowship.

Be Different. Question Everything.

Ewing Marion Kauffman believed every person has the opportunity to be uncommon and take risks to achieve success. Mr. Kauffman energized people around him; he rallied his hometown and challenged everyone he knew to do more. He wanted to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get a quality education that would enable them to reach their full potential. He saw building enterprise as one of the most effective ways to realize individual promise and spur the economy.

Brilliance Has No Color, Age, or Gender.

Kauffman Fellows has a strong commitment to diversity and actively recruits women and minorities. We believe our community is stronger—and allows us to better serve entrepreneurs and society—with a multiplicity of viewpoints and backgrounds.

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Entrepreneurs Best Express the Human Spirit.

From the very beginning, our mission has been to advance entrepreneurship globally. We do this by accelerating the development of talented innovation leaders and venture capital investors and deepening their impact on the science of capital formation. In the 26 years since inception, we’ve grown to 822 Fellows spread across 57+ countries and 6 continents, all working hard to support entrepreneurs in their mission to change the world. Today the Kauffman Fellows Fund further supports Kauffman Fellows in their efforts to serve entrepreneurs.

Never-ending pursuit to champion innovation globally.
The venture capital industry can no longer ignore the ethical and moral issues that arise alongside its investment activities.
There is an ethical and moral imperative for a proactive and affirmative approach from the investor community. This Stewardship Pledge, incubated within the Kauffman Fellows community, is our response to this need.