The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is not releasing its annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship series this year, and the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project has delayed its release of the top U.S. accelerators for 2018.
The respected Kauffman Index is much maligned in Milwaukee, since the city routinely ranks low on the list of U.S. cities in terms of new business creation and growth. So does the state of Wisconsin.
In the 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, the metropolitan Milwaukee area ranked 39th, tied with Pittsburgh for the lowest ranked major metro area. Meanwhile, Wisconsin ranked last (25th) of the larger states rankings for the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity. The state also ranked last in 2016.
In the 2017 Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan area ranked 33rd among the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. in growth entrepreneurship, down from 26th in 2016. Statewide, Wisconsin was ranked 23rd among the 25 “large” states in growth entrepreneurship, the same as its 2016 ranking. Read the full story here.