Mission & Activities

The Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE) is a non-partisan Washington area-based 501(c)(3) policy and advocacy organization. CAE’s mission is to engage and educate policymakers in Washington, and at state and local levels across the nation, regarding the critical importance of entrepreneurs and start-ups to innovation, economic growth, and job creation, and to pursue a comprehensive policy agenda intended to significantly enhance the circumstances for new business formation, survival, and growth.

CAE pursues its objectives through a wide range of activities:

  • Maintaining an active and ongoing dialogue with entrepreneurs from across the nation, academic experts, mentors, and other practitioners in pursuit of a better understanding of American entrepreneurship and its challenges, and a robust pro-entrepreneurship policy agenda;
  • Building relationships with key Members of Congress and their staff, relevant Congressional committees, Administration officials, and regulatory agency personnel;
  • Educating policymakers in Washington and at the state and local level across the country regarding the critical importance of entrepreneurs and start-ups to innovation, economic growth, job creation, and expanded economic opportunity and inclusion, common obstacles and vulnerabilities, and policy needs.
  • Conducting original research projects focused on the full range of issues and challenges relevant to entrepreneurs, including women and minority entrepreneurs, serving as a Washington-based source of the best and most relevant academic and foundation research, and by providing informed interpretation and explanation of new research;
  • Contributing credible, high quality thought leadership regarding policy, legislative, and regulatory initiatives in pursuit of a pro-entrepreneurship and -innovation agenda;
  • Contributing testimonies, letters, commentary, and other substantive input in support of policymakers’ deliberation of, and action regarding, pro-entrepreneurship policies;
  • Producing white papers, Op/Eds, talking points, and other written material intended to educate policymakers, the media, and the American public regarding the unique importance, role, challenges, and policy needs of new businesses; and,
  • Organizing roundtables, conferences, symposia, salon dinners, and other events intended to bring together entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship facilitators (incubators, accelerators, financiers, and academics) to share experiences, information, and best practices, and to educate opinion makers regarding the critical role of new businesses.