NC IDEA MINDSET presents Ice House


What is The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program?

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP) is a flexible curriculum focused on teaching North Carolinians how to achieve an entrepreneurial mindset. IHEP is typically taught over an 8 or 12-week schedule, and can be delivered in several formats: online or in-person classroom, boot camp, multi-week or as a semester class.

Ice House is designed to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop creativity and critical thinking, effective problem solving, communication, teamwork and other entrepreneurial skills – skills that will enable them to succeed regardless of their chosen path.

The Ice House curriculum has been developed by Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI). Details about the program, including course objectives, program content and intended outcomes, can be found on ELI’s website. You can also watch this short video by NC IDEA’s CEO Thom Ruhe outlining what Ice House is all about.


Who is this program designed for?

This program is for anyone interested in learning the entrepreneurial mindset! Ice House is designed for broad application in corporate, higher education, high school, youth programs or workforce development audiences.

How much does it cost?

It is free to attend Ice House facilitator training. Once you are a certified facilitator, you will have free access to all online materials.

I’m interested in participating in an Ice House program, but I don’t want to do facilitator training. How can I take the Ice House course?

We offer a self-paced, online Ice House course. This course is free! You can use this link to request a code to get started.

How do I become an Ice House facilitator?

Becoming an Ice House facilitator is an excellent way to engage in high quality professional development while also giving you the tools and skills to bring entrepreneurial thinking to your intended community.

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. Facilitator training is generally online, held over the span of 4 weeks, with meeting times in the evenings.

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. 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

Interested in becoming a certified Ice House facilitator? Join the mailing list to get notified of the next training.

I have some questions that aren’t answered on the site. How can I get in touch?

Please contact the Ice House Program Director at if you have additional questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


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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