Over the next several years, NC IDEA will be broadening our goals in multiple dimensions:

  • 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 helping someone self-discover that they are an entrepreneur

In short, we will focus on the entrepreneurial mindset and how it can impact not just company founders but anyone. NC IDEA has an ambitious goal; to educate 100,000 North Carolinians with an entrepreneurial mindset

Our primary vehicle for that exposure will be the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP) is an experiential, problem-based program designed to inspire and engage learners in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop creativity and critical thinking, effective problem solving, teamwork and other entrepreneurial skills – skills that will enable them to succeed regardless of their chosen path.

IHEP was originally conceived at the Kauffman Foundation, and is the product of a two-year analysis and effort to address the gap in MINDSET 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 most training programs; like the REAL Entrepreneurship program available throughout NC Community Colleges or Kauffman FastTrac.

The program can be delivered in several formats: online or classroom, boot camp, multi-week or as a semester class. It does not require that the instructor is a subject matter expert, but rather a facilitator – the materials provide the expertise.

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

Become an Ice House Launch Partner and apply to participate in NC IDEA’s upcoming Ice House Facilitator Training being held December 12-14, 2018 in Durham, NC. The deadline to apply is December 5th at 5pm EST.

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