Case Studies

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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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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Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP) Case Study

  Location: Roanoke, Virginia Service area: Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida  Services provided: Financial support for water projects, housing rehabilitation, training, technical assistance, and more to individuals, businesses, and municipalities Revenue in 2019: $6.14 million Founding date: 1969 Overview The belief that “water is life” is the foundation for SERCAP’s work of improving health outcomes by providing clean drinking water and safe wastewater disposal in low-income communities.  But behind that…

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NetWork Kansas 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 and educational courses.  Also, 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…

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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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