Foundation Continues to Advance Statewide Entrepreneurial Mindset Program

DURHAM, NC – May 21, 2019 – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to helping North Carolinians reach their full entrepreneurial potential, announced today that the organization is accepting applications for the third cohort of Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Training in their statewide effort to offer entrepreneurial mindset education. The upcoming training will be held at Barton College in Wilson, NC from August 6 – 8, 2019.

Created in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, 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.

The program can be offered in a variety of ways to students in public and private high schools, community colleges and universities, clients of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and those served by our statewide network of ecosystem and economic development partner organizations. The course is facilitated by instructors and faculty that complete a three-day training and certification program that does not require the instructor to be a subject matter expert in entrepreneurship, but rather a facilitator of the materials (print, online and video) to provide the expertise.

“Since December 2018, over 100 individuals from across the state have already participated in our first two Ice House Facilitator Training cohorts,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA. “Several of these partners have already begun offering the Ice House curriculum to their constituents and we look forward to collaborating with additional education partners who want to join us in empowering people with an entrepreneurial mindset,” Ruhe concluded.

NC IDEA is hosting the three-day Ice House Facilitator Training for education partners interested in offering the course to their constituents. Training will be held August 6-8 at Barton College in Wilson, NC. Education partners will likely be entrepreneurially-minded organizations drawn from educational institutions (particularly community colleges), entrepreneurial support organizations, economic development organizations, CDFIs or government entities. Organizations with demonstrable intent and capacity to offer the program to individuals broadly, will be given priority consideration. Because seating is limited, we will be admitting facilitators through an application process. NC IDEA will pay the training costs and participants will only have travel-related expenses. To learn more and apply to become an Ice House Partner, visit The deadline to apply is July 1st.

NC IDEA supported Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs are currently being launched throughout the state. Learn more about the powerful curriculum at

NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to empowering North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Through our powerful combination of competitive grants and programs, and a network of strategic partners, we help entrepreneurs when they need it most. NC IDEA’s resources are highly competitive, enabling the foundation to support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change. Learn more at

About the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative
The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) is a global thought leader dedicated to expanding human potential through entrepreneurial mindset education. ELI serves academic institutions, government agencies, profit, and non-profit organizations around the world to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset through professional development training, facilitator certification and curriculum content. ELI is the creator of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. Learn more at