Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise educates and inspires young Americans to champion the virtues of free enterprise through campus lectures featuring successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, economists, and policy experts; immersive student training seminars; and essential resources and publications.


Without Free Enterprise, We Wouldn't Have the iPhone

By Ross Dubberly, YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise

Perhaps the most beautiful characteristic of free enterprise is that it permits people to chase their wildest entrepreneurial dreams.

While free enterprise promises no entrepreneur or innovator success, it does incentivize such people to reach for the stars, fail, and then try again. This is paramount to entrepreneurs and innovators. Otherwise, why would the Jeff Bezoses of the world routinely crank out the 100-hour work weeks that they do?

As Jared Meyer, a policy expert on disruptive technology, put it at this year’s Young America’s Foundation Road to Freedom Seminar, “Things change radically when there is incentive to innovate.” The iPhone in your pocket is living proof.

YAF Releases Eighth Edition of Beloved Professor Burt Folsom's "Myth of the Robber Barons"

By Raj Kannappan, YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise

The caricature of the greedy businessperson is commonplace in popular culture today—from Hollywood to America’s college campuses.

Yet, are America’s most successful entrepreneurs really greedy and evil? Are leaders like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet enriching themselves at the expense of everyone else? Hardly.

These individuals have invested a great deal of their own time, effort, and ingenuity to create products and services of incredible value that have allowed millions of consumers to lead more productive and comfortable lives. Just think about how quickly and cost-effectively Amazon delivers that must-have handbag or video game to your door.

Art Laffer Congratulates UW-Madison YAF for Winning Chapter of the Year

By Kyle Ferrebee, YAF Chapter Services Program Officer

At Young America’s Foundation’s 40th annual National Conservative Student Conference earlier this month, the Young Americans for Freedom at University of Wisconsin–Madison were named YAF Chapter of the Year.

Dr. Art Laffer—the father of supply-side economics and economic advisor to President Reagan—took note of UW YAF’s impact and added his congratulations in a letter to the chapter:

I could not help but write to you and share my enthusiasm and congratulations for a job well done. By standing up for the ideas of individual freedom, limited government, and free enterprise at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, you each are taking your place among the very best of conservative activists advancing the cause of freedom among future generations of leaders. Without your efforts it will become hard to preserve and expand the freedoms with which our country has been blessed.

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