A Thinc Iowa thank you to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Kauffman Foundation's Nick Seguin (right) joined Scott Case for a question-and-answer session at Thinc Iowa, and Kauffman supported the event as a premiere sponsor. Photo by Anna Jones and Ikonix Studio.
We want to extend a warm Thinc Iowa and Silicon Prairie News thank you to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for sponsoring the inaugural Thinc Iowa! The Kauffman Foundation has been one of our closest supporters, and we were thrilled to have them involved in this year's event around a topic we feel is important to continue developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem over the next several years and beyond.
The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in the Silicon Prairie community of Kansas City, Mo., the Kauffman Foundation is among the 30 largest foundations in the United States, with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.
The Kauffman Foundation's vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.” The mission is carried out through four programmatic areas: entrepreneurship, advancing innovation, education and research and policy.
In addition to the sponsorship, we were thankful for the ideas and insights that Nick Seguin, manager of entrepreneurship for the Kauffman Foundation, provided through his conversation with Scott Case of the Startup America Partnership.
As we continue working to build the Silicon Prairie into an area known for entrepreneurship, startups and high-growth companies, we look forward to continued collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation in order to make these things a reality.