Case Studies

St. Vrain Valley School District Case Study

Entrepreneurial Mindset Projects Branch Out from This Colorado District’s STEM Program   Location: Longmont, Colorado Number of schools and programs: 60  Total students: 33,000  High school students in entrepreneurship courses since 2019: 500 High schools served by Innovation Center program: 7   OVERVIEW: St. Vrain Valley School District extends across 411 square miles, from the Continental Divide to the Colorado plains, with a population that’s just as diverse as the landscape. As such, the district’s…

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East Central University Case Study

This Oklahoma Program Equips Students with the Confidence and Skills to Pursue Opportunities and Win Awards Location: Ada, Oklahoma Number of students: 3,600 Number of full-time employees: 440 Countries represented on campus: 30 Students who’ve completed Introduction to Entrepreneurship: 600    OVERVIEW: With 17,000 people, the city of Ada is a big destination for students from small towns and rural areas in south-central Oklahoma. For many, the 3,500-member student body is larger than their hometowns.…

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Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce Case Study

The Benefits of Keeping the Ice House Model Running in the Background   Location: Fresno, California Number of employees: 11 Small businesses and entrepreneurs served in 2021: 360 Number of members: 511      OVERVIEW: The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce engages, educates, and empowers small business owners and entrepreneurs of color. They provide technical assistance to start, scale, or restart a business and help them access capital. Some of its programs are very intentional…

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Northeast Iowa Community College Case Study

Rolling Out a Strategy Everyone Can Agree on to Prepare Students for Today’s World   Main campus location: Calmar, Iowa Total campuses and centers: 12 Affiliated high schools: 13 Total students in Ice House courses: 200-250   OVERVIEW: Across eight counties and 5,000 square miles, Northeast Iowa Community College is the go-to institution for post-secondary and technical education and training. Not surprisingly, given its rural location, it’s a leader in agriculture and animal science. Including…

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Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative Case Study

A Cincinnati Nonprofit Instills a Sense of Usefulness to Help End the Cycle of Poverty   Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Number of employees: 2 Clients served annually: 150-210 Launch of the Ice House curriculum: 2015   OVERVIEW: Cincinnati has a reputation as a powerhouse in terms of Fortune 500 company headquarters, an up-and-coming destination for startups. The metro area also faces ongoing challenges with equity and opportunity for all its residents. The Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative…

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