Transform your classroom, organization, or community with an entrepreneurial mindset

Entrepreneurial Mindset Certification Training

Join a distinguished group of educators and thought leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to learn how to implement the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs in your classroom, organization, and community.

Our Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Training certifies participants to facilitate the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. The ELI team conducts training using an engaging mix of presentations, open discussions, video case studies, small group activities, coaching exercises, and experiential, problem-based learning. We now offer this same experience in an online format
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What is an Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator?

Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs are experiential, problem-based learning programs designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset. With this methodology, facilitators do not need to be subject matter experts in the field of entrepreneurship. The role of the instructor is to facilitate learning by supporting, guiding, and monitoring the learning process. Rather than providing specific directives, the facilitator encourages participants to solve identified problems, find and apply new knowledge, take action, and cope with uncertainty and challenges that they confront.

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Training Outcomes

Upon completion of the training, participants will:

  • Recognize the research behind ELI’s definition of an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Define the Ice House Program’s methodology for educating others about the entrepreneurial mindset
  • Compare and contrast the life stories of multiple everyday entrepreneurs
  • Discuss facilitation of the Ice House Program’s eight life lessons
  • Practice the entrepreneurial process by creating a personalized Opportunity Discovery Canvas using the initial steps of ELI’s Opportunity Discovery Process
  • Discuss facilitation of the Opportunity Discovery Process
  • Distinguish between the Ice House program editions, delivery, and outcomes
  • Identify historical program impact through best practices and use cases
  • Create an implementation plan to impact your students, community, or organization through entrepreneurial mindset education

Training is designed to equip facilitators with the necessary tools and techniques to effectively implement Ice House Programs. As part of the training, participants receive digital program preview access, training materials, facilitator manuals, and a copy of the Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur book. Upon successful completion of the training, participants will receive an official Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certificate.

Also, participants will receive digital access to facilitator manuals, lesson guides, sample course schedules, supplemental resources, participant certificates, and marketing materials. Once an order is received from our Store for course materials, ELI will provide technical support for full course setup and Learning Management System integration for your course offering.  

Public Trainings

ELI offers several public Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certification Trainings per year in a variety of locations around the U.S. Registration is open to all sectors including public, private, and non-profit. Please visit our Training page for dates and locations for upcoming trainings. Any questions? Email us at

Private Trainings

ELI offers private Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certification Training at your organization or in your community. Private trainings can be delivered over one month online or three days in person. Email us at for more information.

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  • "This experience was transformational for me in the difficult transition between the dissolution of my business (an entrepreneurial endeavor) and whatever is next. I learned a great deal about what we did right and where following the 'rules' of business did not support us in finding success. It uncovered the areas where I can choose differently next time and reinforced that I am, at my core, entrepreneurial. Before I walked through the doors, I felt like I had found myself at a sad and hopeless ending when, in fact, I am at a 'limitless' beginning. So excited to see what's next!"

    Maryanne Thornton, Erie Insurance Facilitator

  • "In the coming years, the Ice House experience is going to be written as the reason to why I made such significant changes to my life and influenced the lives of those that I get to develop. Without a doubt, I can confirm that this experience has had more of an influence on my life than what my bachelors degree did. Thank you, Ice House."

    Jason Pentz, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Facilitator

  • "The Ice House Training was one of the best training events I've attended in years. Gary's matter of fact, upbeat style, combined with Bree's warm approach and expertise in higher education created a very engaging, informative, presentation that made it easy to understand, and inspired me to return to my college and get started! I think this will be a great addition to our re-entry program."

    Merritt Hicks, Edmonds Community College Facilitator

  • "I considered myself a huge supporter of entrepreneurship programs and somewhat knowledgeable, but this training broadened my thinking immensely and gave me a great deal of additional material, resources and ideas for promoting the mindset to young adults."

    Kim Depue, Marietta College Facilitator

  • "This training is mind opening on so many levels. Personally, professionally as well as community involvement and engagement potential. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in making a difference in their life as well as their community."

    David Wagner, Wagner Giblin Insurance Facilitator