Planting Seeds of Entrepreneurial Thinking—With a Homegrown Twist

October 13, 2021

  One of the preeminent entrepreneurial thinkers in higher education lives and works in an unlikely place: a metro area of 246,000 residents just a couple of hours south of the Canadian border. Bree Langemo, lawyer and educator, exemplifies ELI’s definition of entrepreneurship. That is the self-directed pursuit of opportunities to create value for others, whatever the field or location.  Langemo directs the Entrepreneurship Center at Concordia College’s Offutt School of Business in Moorhead, Minnesota.…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Uncategorized

Shaping Schools’ Futures Through an Entrepreneurial Mindset

August 13, 2021

  Dr. Jacob Pittroff teaches at two historic schools in eastern Missouri, both of which face similar recruitment challenges—and both of which have an entrepreneurial mindset that starts at the top.  Christian Brothers College High School (CBC), founded in 1850, is an all-male, Catholic college preparatory high school with more than 800 students. A few miles to the north lies the main campus of Lindenwood University, founded in 1827. Lindenwood has nearly 7,400 undergraduate and…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Student Completion, Student Engagement, Student Success, Uncategorized

Solutions Are Entrepreneurs’ True Currency

March 10, 2021

  After interviewing hundreds of entrepreneurs, ELI’s Founder, Gary Schoeniger, has found one commonly held assumption that drives their behavior. They assume that by solving problems for others, they can empower themselves.  Solving others’ problems is the deceptively simple logic from which all other entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviors, and skills arise. It is also the underlying logic that enables them to recognize opportunities that others overlook. From this perspective, entrepreneurs learn to see problems as opportunities.…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Human Flourishing, Uncategorized

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Go Before You Know: The Power of Learning Through Doing

February 18, 2021

  The stories behind many large, established businesses—from Waste Management to Walmart—often start the same way. A young person, motivated by a good idea, pursues small, uncertain niche opportunities. They do so without much capital, research, industry experience, or contacts.  How does this happen? How does an inexperienced, cash-strapped entrepreneur manage to transform an unrecognizable idea into a sustainable success?  Hint: It isn’t a propensity for taking risks.  Origins and Evolutions of New Business Researcher…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Uncategorized

Top 10+1 Ways A Fab Lab or Maker Space Can Benefit Your Community

February 1, 2019

Network Kansas partner and Ice House Facilitator Jim Correll recently published a blog enumerating the ways a maker space or fab lab can impact a community. Spoiler alert! One of them may or may not be the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. Read Now    

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Uncategorized

New Year, New Mindset: How Public Libraries Can Support Economic Development in Their Communities

January 15, 2019

  Ice House Facilitator Duncan Smith is the Chief Strategist for EBSCO Information Services, a pioneer in the library services industry. After attending certification training in Durham, NC, Duncan was inspired by the potential an entrepreneurial mindset could bring to communities and saw a unique way to engage stakeholders through their public libraries. Spurred on by his new passion, Duncan wrote a blog post illustrating how public libraries are perfectly suited for entrepreneurial learning and activity. Read Now

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Uncategorized