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Contact: Toni Dixon, School of Business, (785) 864-4449; Nancy Cayton Myers, Policy Research Institute, (785) 864-9106.

Entrepreneurial Research Center established at KU

LAWRENCE -- The School of Business and the Policy Research Institute at the University of Kansas have announced the formation of the Center for Research in Entrepreneurial Activity.

The center, affiliated with the School of Business and PRI, received its initial funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., and will support scholarly research by faculty at KU.

The center will fund investigations across many disciplines to better understand the economic, political and social origins of entrepreneurship. Its special emphasis will be entrepreneurial activity relevant to Kansas and neighboring states, as well as entrepreneurship that leads to major innovations.

"Entrepreneurship is a key ingredient in local, state and national economic dynamism," said Joshua Rosenbloom, co-director of the center. "Despite its importance in promoting economic growth and development, however, there is much that remains to be learned about this topic.

"The formation of this center offers an exciting opportunity for the University of Kansas to play a role in learning more about this important subject."

Rosenbloom is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic and Business Analysis at PRI.

"Kansas has a great tradition of spawning new enterprises," said George Bittlingmayer, Wagnon distinguished professor of finance in the School of Business, who will be the managing director of the center. "Faculty doing research can learn from our success stories."

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