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The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The vision of the Kauffman Foundation is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The Foundation works to catalyze an entrepreneurial society in which job creation, innovation, and the economy flourish. It works with leading educators, researchers, and other partners to further understanding of the powerful economic impact of entrepreneurship, to train the nation's next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, to develop and disseminate proven programs that enhance entrepreneurial skills and abilities, and to improve the environment in which entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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Make Your Mark is the UK's national campaign to give people the confidence, skills and ambition to be enterprising – to have ideas and make them happen. Having a can-do attitude and the skills to spot opportunities, overcome challenges and implement ideas is more important and urgent than ever in today’s tough economic climate.

The campaign is backed by an unprecedented coalition of businesses, charities, education bodies and government - it's unique in being young-people focused, business-led and government-backed. It is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and was founded by the four main UK business organisations - the British Chambers of Commerce, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors. Make Your Mark leads a campaign coalition of 25 national organisations from education, the voluntary sector, business and government.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week model is an adaptation of Enterprise Week in the UK, which is now running for the sixth time this year as Global Entrepreneurship Week UK.


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