Case Studies

Economic Development Case Study

Overview By connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with expertise, education, and economic resources, NetWork Kansas promotes an entrepreneurial environment throughout the state. Its initiatives to build assets and infrastructure include matching loans, educational courses, and a network of Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities that help local residents start and grow businesses. The network has grown to 66 E-Communities. Over the past 14 years, they have been established in the state’s 105 counties, providing $21.5 million to businesses…

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High School 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…

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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…

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Community College Case Study

In August 2014, Pikes Peak Community College, (PPCC) the second largest community college in Colorado with 22,000 students, became the first community college in the nation to roll out the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program as a required first-year student success course for interdisciplinary students who were simultaneously enrolled in remedial courses.

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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…

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Small Business Case Study

An early adopter of Ice House, UMKC’s Small Business & Technology Development Center is Kansas City’s leading resource for growing and developing businesses. UMKC offers Ice House classes on a regular basis with great results. Read about the Ice House Lessons learned here and read this article.

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Government Case Study

Under the leadership of Mayor Richard J Berry, the City of Albuquerque took the unprecedented approach of educating city employees with the Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset curriculum. Partnering with Central New Mexico Community College, the City is encouraging employees to apply new and innovative thinking to their jobs, thereby better serving the citizens of their communities. Starting with a pilot of 100 city employees, the City is now committed to rolling out to all 6,000 city…

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Corrections Case Study

Dr. Linda Keena of the University of Mississippi implemented ELI programs to teach inmates about the entrepreneurial mindset as part of a pre-release program, with very positive results.  Her findings were published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. The purpose of the article was to present a description and first-stage evaluation of the impact of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program on the learning experience of participating prerelease inmates at a Mississippi…

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Corporate Case Study

Venture Call in Abilene, Texas utilizes ELI Programs to train employees of businesses throughout the area on the power on an entrepreneurial mindset to make them more engaged and excited about their work and life. View Venture Call’s website which both describe the impact of ELI programs and the entrepreneurial mindset on employees. And, watch their video below on the need to engage employees with an entrepreneurial mindset.

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