Case Studies

Erie Public Schools Case Study

Location: Erie, Pennsylvania District size: 11,000 students at 16 schools Year of implementation: 2017 Number of middle schoolers who have completed the program: 3,000 Overview In early August of 2021, the school board of Erie’s Public Schools approved a new social studies curriculum for the district’s seventh-graders—and officially gave its blessing for the Ice House Middle School Edition to be taught for an entire quarter. It’s a confirmation of the innovative program’s success over the…

Read More

Perry Middle School Case Study

Location: Perry Local Schools in Perry, Ohio K-12 enrollment: 1,800 Middle school program established: 2019 Student program enrollment to date: 44 Overview: This small school district lies 30 miles east of Cleveland in Lake County, once the nursery capital of America. Industry has largely replaced the region’s agricultural foundation, including a nearby power plant. Like many districts, Perry has limited financial resources. But, when the district’s leaders believe a program will benefit their students, “they…

Read More

Christian Brothers College High School Case Study

Location: St. Louis, Missouri Enrollment: 815 Number of full-time faculty: 70 School founded: 1850 Dunne Family Innovation Commons opened: 2018 Students who have completed Foundations of Entrepreneurship (Ice House): 400 Overview Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) is an all-male Catholic high school in suburban St. Louis. It offers a college preparatory setting where students’ educational programs are fully customized based on their individual abilities, strengths, challenges, and interests. For example, incoming students can choose…

Read More

Gilmour Academy Case Study

Overview An entrepreneurial mindset is supported across all grade levels at this independent school for ages 18 months to grade 12 in suburban Cleveland. Through both academic and extracurricular programs, Gilmour Academy students learn that “profit is not the only criterion for creating a successful enterprise; entrepreneurism is about following one’s passion and making a difference in the lives of others.” The Challenge Many high school students who are self-motivated to pursue small businesses, career…

Read More

International High School Case Study

Since 2014, the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) and Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (TEC) have partnered to successfully deliver entrepreneurial mindset curriculum to approximately 7,500 high school students across 37 campuses in Mexico. The partnership consisted of customizing ELI’s Ice House Student Success Program for delivery in Mexico, the training of approximately 200 teachers at TEC’s Preparatory school (Prepa Tec) to facilitate the program and establishing outcomes and evaluations tools to measure the impact. The program was…

Read More

Greenfield Community College Case Study

One Ice House Facilitator sets out to infiltrate her region with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Overview When Judy Raper and a colleague from Greenfield Community College (GCC) attended Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Training in the summer of 2020, she was less than two years into a new role at the college after 32 years in student affairs. The Community Engagement role still felt like a new world—and Raper was unsure if she would succeed within it. “Entrepreneurship…

Read More

Mott Community College Case Study

Overview Professor Lisa Banks has worked with businesses of all sizes during her career in accounting. She started out on the financial staff at General Motors for 15 years. Then, transitioned to a CPA role at a small accounting firm where she helped many entrepreneurs get their start. Banks found the flexibility of self-employment to be a good professional fit while her children were young. She later accepted a full-time faculty position at Mott Community…

Read More

Broward College Case Study

Embedding Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Every Level Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Size: 63,000 students  Campuses: 4 Academic centers: 10  Students who engage with entrepreneurship each year: 500-1,000   Overview When Imran Siddiqui arrived at Broward College in November 2019, he took the lead on embedding entrepreneurship and innovation at every level using a newly developed framework. As luck would have it, while Siddiqui analyzed the college’s assets and started to choose strategies for implementing the framework,…

Read More

Concordia College Case Study

Location: Moorhead, MN Undergraduate and graduate enrollment: 1,919 Full-time faculty: 198 Part-time faculty: 50 Entrepreneurial Mindset course enrollment in 2021: 86 students Overview Concordia College has a reputation for strong liberal arts programs and a commitment to inspiring its students to become responsibly engaged in the world. From its nationally recognized study abroad programs to its robust recruitment of international students (whose numbers on campus rose to an all-time high in 2021), Concordia fosters a…

Read More