Case Studies

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…

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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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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,…

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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…

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Tarrant County College Case Study

Overview Few of the students who enter the Entrepreneurship Program at Tarrant County College know anyone who owns a business of any size. As a result, students believe they have very limited opportunities. But by the time they complete the final course, they understand that they can empower themselves by creating value for others. “Their mindset is much different,” said Lourdes Ramboa, the Faculty and Chair for the Business and Entrepreneurship Programs. “I’ve seen that…

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Pikes Peak 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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Lindenwood University Case Study

Location: Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri Undergraduate students in the system: 4,822 Graduate students in the system: 2,560 Undergraduate and graduate programs: 104 Overview As Lindenwood University approaches its 200th birthday in 2027, its leadership is working to position the school as a premiere destination for entrepreneurship in the St. Louis region. The president has established a task force to research ways to widen the reach of entrepreneurial thinking both within the university itself…

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NC IDEA Foundation Case Study

Overview NC IDEATM is a private foundation that supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the economic potential of entrepreneurs in North Carolina. It partners with organizations throughout the state to empower North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Its programs include: NC IDEA LABS, helping founders refine their business model and learn about their customers NC IDEA MICRO, offering small, project-based grants to young companies NC IDEA SEED, providing grant funding to advance startups NC IDEA…

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Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) Case Study

Location: Hamilton, Bermuda Number of employees: 14 People trained in the Ice House Model: 300 Overview In its early days, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) helped small businesses with financial support and loan guarantees. It focused on customers who couldn’t access or didn’t qualify for bank financing. Now, 40 years later, BEDC has changed the types of products it offers in response to the needs of the island’s small and medium-sized businesses. “It’s no…

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