Case Studies

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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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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