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Kauffman partnership will enable Startup Weekend to scale and expand initiatives that empower entrepreneurs

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced that Startup Weekend, a global series of events for entrepreneurs, aspiring founders and startup supporters, is now an affiliate of the Foundation. While Startup Weekend will continue to operate autonomously, becoming a Kauffman affiliate will allow the organization to increase its geographical reach, conduct more frequent events, and build long-term sustainability. Startup Weekend events bring entrepreneurs and supporters together and teaches them how to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch companies, all during a 54-hour crash-course weekend.

“Startup Weekend has had phenomenal growth and impact, but as a Kauffman affiliate, we will now be able to scale that progress and expand our capabilities,” said Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend provides experiential entrepreneurial education and helps build communities, both of which are aligned with the Foundation’s mission to advance entrepreneurship. Startup Weekend also complements the array of programs that Kauffman is associated with in the entrepreneur ecosystem – from inspiration and startup through growth and scale.

“We are pleased to bring Startup Weekend even closer inside the Kauffman Foundation family,” said Nick Seguin, Kauffman’s manager of entrepreneurship. “The support and services we are able to provide through this relationship will serve to strengthen the operational base of one of the most effective grassroots entrepreneurship initiatives in the world.”

In September of this year Startup Weekend named its board of directors consisting of these entrepreneurship leaders: Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation; Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, author and entrepreneurship lecturer at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University; Eric Koester, chief operating officer of Zaarly; Greg Gottesman, managing director at Madrona Venture Group; Brad Feld, co-founder of Techstars and managing director of the Foundry Group; Laura McKnight, president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; and Nick Seguin, manager of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation.

For more information about Startup Weekend, to get involved or to contribute to ongoing initiatives, visit www.startupweekend.org.

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 25,000 alumni, 150 volunteer organizers and 60 trained facilitators spread across more than 175 cities in 100 countries. Startup Weekend: How to Take a Company from Concept to Creation in 54 Hours, a new book by Startup Weekend’s Marc Nager, Clint Nelsen and Franck Nouyrigat, will be published by Wiley and available at all retailers in November 2011. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org. @StartupWeekend

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.