Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurial Mentoring Research Project

The purpose of the project is to study what helps entrepreneurial mentoring programs be most effective.    Research shows that strong and well trained entrepreneurial mentors are a primary factor in the success of early stage ventures.  In 2015 the Kauffman Foundation partnered with EFN and the University of Michigan to bring together more than 20 universities, the National Science Foundation and private accelerators to conduct a large scale survey and study on Entrepreneurial Mentoring.

Research Leaders, Sponsors and Partners



The study will provide research collaborators and the entrepreneurial community powerful new insight on mentoring program design and structure for their programs and help mentor programs make decisions on mentor program features including mentor and entrepreneur recruiting and selection, matching, training, and coordination.  Our Research Team Leaders are interested in all types of advising, coaching and mentoring programs both formal and informal.

Key benefits to participating organizations.

  • Get insights to improve your mentor-based programs.
  • Be a leader in fostering excellence and best practices in entrepreneurial mentoring and advising.
  • Energize your mentorship community of entrepreneurs, students, mentors, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • Be recognized in findings that will be distributed widely, in the press and in academic publications.
  • Get access to outstanding training resources on entrepreneurial mentoring and innovation coaching.
  • Join a powerful entrepreneurial mentoring community of practice.

Please contact Thomas Jensen, EFN’s Executive Director at tjensen@enterprisefutures.org with questions and to learn how to get involved.