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    2 0 1 9 EARLY-STAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP I N THE UNITED STATES

    NATIONAL AND STATE REPORT

  • KAUFFMAN INDICATORS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    AUTHORS Robert FairlieI and Sameeksha DesaiII

    SPECIAL THANKS Kim Wallace Carlson, Kim Farley, Lacey Graverson, AJ Herrmann,

    Travis Howe, Hayden Murray, Kayla Smalley

    Explore the Kauffman Indicators further at: www.kauffman.org/indicators

    Questions, inquiries/correspondence, and follow up: indicators@kauffman.org

    Suggested citation: Fairlie, Robert and Sameeksha Desai (2020) 2019 Early-Stage Entrepreneurship in the United States, Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: Kansas City.

    I professor, University of California, Santa Cruz II director of knowledge creation and research, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

    This is a report published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation utilizing content and data from multiple sources and external contributors. Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the information contained in this report and is believed

    to be correct as of the publication date. Nonetheless, this material is for informational purposes and you are solely responsible for validating the applicability and accuracy of the information in any use you make of it.

    © 2020, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

  • KAUFFMAN INDICATORS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2019 EARLY-STAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES: NATIONAL AND STATE REPORT

    EARLY-STAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    IN THE UNITED STATES

    This report tracks four indicators capturing early-stage entrepreneurship activity in the United States:

    Rate of new entrepreneurs

    Opportunity share of new entrepreneurs

    Startup early job creation

    Startup early survival rate

    These indicators collectively inform the Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) Index,

    a summary index of entrepreneurial activity.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary ................................................................................... 4

    National Trends in Early-Stage Entrepreneurship in 2019 ............................................................. 4 State Trends in Early-Stage Entrepreneurship in 2019 .................................................................. 5

    Introduction ............................................................................................. 5

    Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship ...................................................... 6

    PART 1: NATIONAL TRENDS IN EARLY-STAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP .................. 9

    NATIONAL TRENDS IN THE RATE OF NEW ENTREPRENEURS ......................................... 10 Figure 1: Rate of New Entrepreneurs Over Time (1996–2019) .................................................... 10

    Demographic Trends in the Rate of New Entrepreneurs ............................................................10

    Figure 2: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Sex (1996–2019) ...................................................... 11 Table 1: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Sex (1996–2019) ....................................................... 11

    Figure 3: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Race and Ethnicity (1996–2019) ............................. 12 Table 2: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Race and Ethnicity (1996–2019) ............................... 12

    Figure 4: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Nativity (1996–2019) ............................................... 13 Table 3: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Nativity (1996–2019) ................................................. 13

    Figure 5: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Age Group (1996–2019)........................................... 14 Table 4: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Age Group (1996–2019) ............................................ 14

    Figure 6: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Education (1996–2019) ........................................... 15 Table 5: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Education (1996–2019) ............................................. 15

    Figure 7: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Veteran Status (1996–2019) .................................... 16 Table 6: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by Veteran Status (1996–2019) ..................................... 16

    NATIONAL TRENDS IN THE OPPORTUNITY SHARE OF NEW ENTREPRENEURS ................. 17 Figure 8: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs Over Time (1996–2019) .............................. 17 Table 7: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs Over Time (1996–2019) ............................... 17

    Demographic Trends in the Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs .......................................18

    Figure 9: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs by Sex (1998–2019) ................................ 18

    Figure 10: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs by Race and Ethnicity (1998–2019) ...... 18

    Figure 11: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs by Nativity (1998–2019) ....................... 19

    Figure 12: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs by Age Group (1998–2019) ................... 19

    Figure 13: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs by Education (1998–2019) ................... 20

    Figure 14: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs by Veteran Status (1998–2019) ............ 20

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    NATIONAL TRENDS IN STARTUP EARLY JOB CREATION ............................................... 21 Figure 15: Startup Early Job Creation Over Time (1996–2019) ............................................... 21

    NATIONAL TRENDS IN STARTUP EARLY SURVIVAL RATE ............................................. 22 Figure 16: Startup Early Survival Rate Over Time (1996–2019) .............................................. 22

    KAUFFMAN EARLY-STAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP (KESE) INDEX ................................ 23 Figure 17: Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) Index Over Time (1996–2019) .... 23 Table 8: Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) Index Over Time (1996–2019) ....... 23

    PART 2: STATE TRENDS IN EARLY-STAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP ......................25

    Table 9: Four Indicators and KESE Index for all States and District of Columbia ........................ 26

    STATE TRENDS IN THE RATE OF NEW ENTREPRENEURS .............................................. 28 Figure 18: Rate of New Entrepreneurs by State (2019)............................................................ 28

    Table 10: Rate of New Entrepreneurs Over Time (1998–2019) ............................................... 28

    Figure 19: Rate of New Entrepreneurs Over Time (1998–2019) .............................................. 29 (Lowest and Highest in 2019 and Yearly Median)

    STATE TRENDS IN THE OPPORTUNITY SHARE OF NEW ENTREPRENEURS ....................... 30 Figure 20: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs by State (2019) ...................................... 30

    Table 11: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs Over Time (1998–2018) ......................... 30

    Figure 21: Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs Over Time (1998–2019) ....................... 31 (Lowest and Highest in 2019 and Yearly Median)

    STATE TRENDS IN STARTUP EARLY JOB CREATION .................................................... 32 Figure 22: Startup Early Job Creation by State (2019) ............................................................ 32

    Table 12: Startup Early Job Creation Over Time (1996–2019) ................................................ 32

    Figure 23: Startup Early Job Creation Over Time (1996–2019) .............................................. 33 (Lowest and Highest in 2019 and Yearly Median)

    STATE TRENDS IN STARTUP EARLY SURVIVAL RATE ................................................... 34 Figure 24: Startup Early Survival Rate by State (2019) ............................................................ 34

    Table 13: Startup Early Survival Rate Over Time (1996–2019) ................................................ 34

    Figure 25: Startup Early Survival Rate Over Time (1996–2019) .............................................. 35 (Lowest and Highest in 2019 and Yearly Median)

    KAUFFMAN EARLY-STATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP (KESE) INDEX ..................................... 36 Figure 26: Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) Index (2019)................................ 36

    Table 14: Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) Index Over Time ........................... 36

    Figure 27: Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) Index ........................................... 37 Over Time (1998–2019) (Lowest and Highest in 2019 and Yearly Median)

    References .............................................................................................38

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    Executive Summary The Kauffman Indicators of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship is a set of measures that represents new business creation in the United States, integrating several high-quality, timely sources of information on early-stage entrepreneurship.

    This report presents four indicators tracking early-stage entrepreneurship for the years 1996–2019: rate of new entrepreneurs reflects the number of new entrepreneurs in