Building meaningful partnerships through authentic collaboration

Our Partners

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative cultivates meaningful partnerships with organizations that are philosophically aligned and demonstrate mutual trust and respect for authentic collaboration.


NC IDEA is a private foundation with a mission to maximize the economic potential of the people of North Carolina by supporting the formation and fruition of high-growth entrepreneurial endeavors in the state. Through their powerful combination of competitive grants and programs and a network of strategic partners, they help entrepreneurs when they need it most. NC IDEA’s resources are highly competitive, enabling the foundation to support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change. In collaboration with ELI, NC IDEA is touching 100,000 North Carolinians with an entrepreneurial mindset using the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.

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Concordia’s Center for Entrepreneurship serves profit and non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset through professional development workshops, facilitator certification trainings, curriculum content, and consulting. Concordia works in partnership with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), the creator of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs and Entrepreneurial Mindset Certification Training.


National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE): NACCE is a member organization of over 300 community colleges representing nearly 2,000 staff. Presidents, educators, administrators, and center directors are focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: (1) Empower the college to approach the business of leading a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; (2) Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE partners with ELI to bring entrepreneurial mindset thought leadership and training to NACCE members.


National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD): For community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars, NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources. For nearly 40 years, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align our wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.” NISOD partners with ELI to bring additional resources, education, thought leadership, and training to NISOD members.


Pradeepamis a socially responsible, progressive, innovative, and responsive entrepreneurial education, training, and consulting organization. It is a collaborative network of researchers, industry, and academic leaders, aiming to nurture talent to face the challenges of the 21st century, effectively and responsibly with a sense of ownership and belongingness. In collaboration with ELI, Pradeepam is India’s sole provider of the Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset Development Programs. To contact, email

Pradeepam is headed by its Founder & CVO Pradeep Malhotra, a passionate Social Entrepreneur, an inspiring leader, and a committed life skills facilitator with over four decades of experience.

The organization’s objective is to “Inspire, enable, and empower people to lead a purpose-driven life and be a leader of change.”


Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (TEC): TEC is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious private and non-profit educational systems in Latin America. With 31 schools in Mexico and 21 international sites, TEC educates approximately 90,000 students each year at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. With a stated mission to educate leaders who have an entrepreneurial spirit, a humanistic outlook, and are internationally competitive, TEC contributes greatly to the educational, social, economic, and political improvement of Mexico. ELI and TEC partner on the creation of customized entrepreneurial mindset programming, teacher training, thought leadership, and consulting to measure the impact of the entrepreneurial mindset.


Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI): CERI is an independent not-for-profit, charitable organization based in Western Australia focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and startup company formation to drive a vibrant commercial ecosystem in Western Australia. Through CERI’s Modules, Workshops, and Mentoring, researchers are given the tools to think entrepreneurially and innovatively, leading to the translation of their research through commercialization with positive real-world effects. CERI is the first organization in Australia to implement Ice House, which has become a central element of CERI’s Programme and the foundation of the first Programme Module.



The Cisco Entrepreneur InstituteCisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. ELI partnered with Cisco’s Entrepreneur Institute to provide multi-media content development and customized education programs designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the globe.



The Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile® (EMP)EMP is an empirically based, cutting-edge assessment tool based on extensive research into the traits, motivations and skills of entrepreneurs. Available online, the EMP helps leaders, students and entrepreneurs, assess the degree to which they are utilizing an “entrepreneurial mindset” and provides resources to leverage their competitive edge. The instrument was developed by the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at Eckerd College, a Network Associate of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®). Individuals who wish to use the EMP in the classroom, leadership and organizational development, coaching, consulting and workforce development may become certified as an EMP Practitioner. Pairing the EMP assessment and Development Guide with ELI’s Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs provide practitioners and facilitators robust training resources and benchmarking capability.