Research & Policy
SEED Collective engages in research and policy in collaboration with partners to prepare, analyze, and support efforts and data relating to entrepreneurship and community building. Recent partnerships include those with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in support of their Black Women’s Startup Report, released in 2018, and through Adrienne’s fellowship in Kauffman’s Innovator in Residence Program.
The Innovators work with the Foundation’s associates to develop uncommon solutions within Kansas City and beyond that reduce barriers to entrepreneurship so that every person – regardless of their background – can take risks, achieve success and give back to their communities. Each Innovator works to support activities within the Foundation and secondly, on developing special projects to address necessary systemic change. The Innovators seek to bring the Foundation’s associates more closely to the communities they work with, as well as increase the diversity of perspectives and relationships that inform its work to deliver results on a systemic level.
There are many exciting ideas in development from the Innovators to support the Foundation’s existing strategies, such as:
- new financial/exchange tools to make capital accessible to underserved entrepreneurs,
- reducing implicit bias as a barrier to achieving increasing diversity, equity and inclusion as well as increased financial returns;
- and building, supporting and nurturing values driven communities.