About the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP) is a flexible curriculum that can be offered in several ways. IHEP is typically 8 to 12 weeks and can be delivered in several formats: online or classroom, boot camp, multi-week or as a semester class. The creator of IHEP is the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) and program details can be found on ELI’s website.

There is a nominal per student fee for course materials (similar to purchasing a textbook for a course).

Delivery of the program requires a certified IHEP facilitator, but the facilitator does not have to be an entrepreneur or subject matter expert as the course materials provide the required expertise.

Becoming an IHEP Facilitator

To become an IHEP facilitator, you must attend IHEP facilitator training, which NC IDEA offers in collaboration with ELI. Facilitator training is primarily focused on providing background insights (the “why” of the entrepreneurial mindset) and an introduction to the course materials. The training prepares the facilitator to arrange the course materials in a way that is optimal for their own format (e.g., formal classroom, evening bootcamp, …) and audience (e.g., student, entrepreneur, government employee…). Facilitator training is three full days, along with some homework in the evenings.

NC IDEA offers Ice House facilitator training to individuals from selected organizations approximately once each quarter. These organizations will be drawn from educational institutions (particularly community colleges), entrepreneurial support organizations, economic development organizations, libraries, CDFIs, government entities or other entrepreneurially-minded entities.

We invite organizations to apply to become facilitators. Organizations with demonstrable intent and capacity to offer the program will be given priority consideration, as will organizations who are actively working in economically distressed counties. Selection is very competitive. We are particularly looking for those organizations who will offer the program in its entirety to a wide audience. If you are seeking to enhance skills that can be offered to individuals (e.g., mentoring or counseling sessions with clients or entrepreneurs), we recommend you find and take an Ice House course.

Organizations must be:

  • Located and working in North Carolina
  • Interested in developing an entrepreneurial mindset within their own organization or the people/entities/companies that they support
  • A government entity, educational institution, entrepreneurial support organization, economic development organization, CDFI or corporation

The person attending the facilitator training must have an ongoing relationship with the organization as an employee, contractor or volunteer (training or leadership consultants unaffiliated with an organization need not apply).

NC IDEA will pay for the cost of facilitator training. To be eligible for NC IDEA supported IHEP Facilitator Training, the facilitator and organization applying must:

  • Agree to offer the Ice House curriculum within six months of facilitator training
  • Commit to sending an excellent candidate(s) for facilitator training
  • Pay travel expenses to the training
  • Provide updates to NC IDEA about your experience with the program (number of participants, outcomes, etc.)

The next facilitator training will be held March 12-14 in Durham, NC.  The deadline to apply is March 1st at 5pm EST or after all seats have been filled. If you are excited and eligible, please apply here. Questions? Email programs@ncidea.org.

NC IDEA Ice House Partners

NC IDEA’s first cohort of 50 Ice House certified facilitators were trained in December 2018. The following organizations participated:

Alamance Community College SBC, Graham
ASPIRE Community Capital, Charlotte
Bennet College, Greensboro
Big Think Innovation, Holly Springs
Bladen Community College, Dublin
Bunker Labs, Durham
Campbell University, Buies Creek
Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Charlotte, Elizabeth City and Raleigh
Central Piedmont Community College SBC, Charlotte
COMtech Business Park, Pembroke
Duke Law School, Durham
Durham Public Schools, Durham
Durham Tech SBC, Durham
EBSCO Information Services, Durham
Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City
Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville
Halivax Community College SBC, Weldon
Hatch AVL Foundation, Asheville
Incite Foundry, Charlotte
Intersection Hub, Charlotte
Johnson C Smith University, Charlotte
Lahayim Cooperative, Charlotte
Mountain Bizworks, Asheville
North Carolina Central University, Durham
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Raleigh
Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh
Shaw University, Raleigh
Stephanie Simon, Raleigh
Supportedly, Asheville
The Helius Foundation, Durham
UNC Charlotte Ventureprise, Charlotte
UNC Pembroke Thomas Entrepreneurship HUB, Pembroke
UNC Wilmington CIE, Wilmington
UNC-Wilmington SBTDC, Wilmington
Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh

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“Being a part of the first cohort of NC IDEA’s Ice House facilitator training was such an exciting experience. Robeson County is one of the poorest counties in the state; and using Ice House to enable entrepreneurial thinking will have a dramatic impact, not just on startups, but existing businesses, educational institutions and government entities.”

Tom Hall, Director, The Thomas Entrepreneurship HUB at UNC Pembroke
NC IDEA Ice House Facilitator