Over the next several years, NC IDEA is broadening our goals:

  • From focusing primarily on venture-backable, high-growth companies to product companies that have the potential of becoming a multi-million dollar company and/or employing 50 people within 5 years
  • From focusing primarily on tech-based startups to working with companies who are building any type of innovative product
  • From focusing primarily in the Triangle and the urban crescent to entrepreneurs across the state
  • From focusing primarily on helping an entrepreneur grow a business to helping an entrepreneur start a business; or even help someone self-discover they are an entrepreneur

In short, we will be bringing the entrepreneurial mindset of successful company founders to anyone.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP)

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP) was originally conceived at the Kauffman Foundation, and is the product of a two-year analysis and effort to address the education; namely, the underlying beliefs and assumptions that drive the behavior of successful entrepreneurs. Within a broad universe of available entrepreneurship education programs, the IHEP could be considered a pre-requisite for programs such as the REAL Entrepreneurship program available throughout NC Community Colleges or Kauffman FastTrac.

As the program developed, it was clear there was value well beyond entrepreneurs.

Overcoming circumstance and adversity through the power of an entrepreneurial mindset, this video shares how the program is a powerful online learning program designed to immerse participants in the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.

The program has been used in a variety of situations:

The creator of IHEP is the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. Details on the program can be found on ELI’s website.

We seek partners who want to offer this program to their constituents.



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“Being part of NC IDEA’s inaugural Ice House Facilitator Training was an inspirational and exciting three days. The Ice House curriculum is a perfect fit for our LAUNCHDurham program and we look forward to offering it to further assist necessity-driven entrepreneurs.”

Geraud Staton, Executive Director, The Helius Foundation
NC IDEA Ice House Facilitator