Established in 1995 and based in Silicon Valley, Kauffman Fellows develops leaders in innovation and capital formation through its 2-year program—a 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.

Nearly 500 graduates lead venture capital, government, corporate, university, and startup innovation efforts in more than 40 countries. The bonds that form among Fellows result in a close-knit, lifelong network unique in the venture community, the Kauffman Fellows Network, that encourages collaboration, friendship, learning, mentoring, and giving back.

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—with a multiplicity of viewpoints and backgrounds.

Inspired by Ewing Marion Kauffman and his legacy of shared ownership, accountability, and experimentation, we measure success in enduring new businesses that generate long-term returns for principals, investors, and society as a whole.

Fellows Around the World

Hover over the countries on the map below to see where Kauffman Fellows reside today. Countries are color-coded by the number of Fellows in residence. Purple = 1-2 people; red = 3-6 people; light blue = 7-15 people; dark blue = 16+ people.

Note: Singapore: 12 Fellows