The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative Issue 9 | September 2020  
Highlighting statewide initiative across North Carolina

Hi there,

Now more than ever, the role and impact of entrepreneurship in our communities must be highlighted and strengthened. There are efforts across the world to make entrepreneurship a more inclusive and robust endeavor, but it is not always clear how to do this effectively and on a wider scale. One US state in particular is rising to the challenge, North Carolina. The key to their success? Emphasizing not just entrepreneurial ventures, but the importance of understanding the entrepreneurial mindset as necessary for everyone to adapt and thrive. One critical key to this state’s entrepreneurial success is the work of NC IDEA.

NC IDEA is a private foundation with the goal of empowering entrepreneurs to reach their full potential by offering support when they need it most. Their strategic combination of competitive grants and programs helps entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. As part of these important initiatives, NC IDEA has partnered with ELI with the ambitious goal of touching 100,000 North Carolinians with the entrepreneurial mindset. This partnership began in the latter half of 2018, with a private training event that December.

Since then, the partnership has grown to include over 1000 individuals across the state engaging with the entrepreneurial mindset, including almost 240 trained facilitators, college students, and budding entrepreneurs working with SBTDCs throughout the state. Some of these initiatives include:

What's more, there is increasing interest in using the course as a self-paced program for community members to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, even if they would otherwise not have looked at entrepreneurship as an option.

Undoubtedly, there is potential for expanding the partnership throughout the state. Furthermore, there are a vast amount of resources available to make this happen regardless of where one fits into the entrepreneurial ecosystem. What we need now are committed partners to join in the goal of reaching 100,000 North Carolinians. Are you ready to join us?

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Involved with a foundation or state agency looking to make an impact on your state or region? Contact ELI directly at



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Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative Offering 11th Ice House Class

GCMI's entrepreneurial training programs are designed to provide their community members with the basic knowledge needed to start their business as well as provide useful tools to make their existing business more successful. Ice House is one program they offer in their suite and the next class begins Sept. 28th.



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ESHIP Summit

Hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the 2020 ESHIP Summit–the fourth convening that brings together entrepreneurial ecosystem builders and those that support them–will be held virtually over three days September 15-16 and 29. The gathering aims to bring the ESHIP community together and lift up entrepreneurial ecosystem building as a key aspect of rebuilding and reinventing our communities in these times of unprecedented challenge.

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NACCE Annual Conference

NACCE’s 18th Annual Conference will be delivered in an exciting new virtual format with all of the bells and whistles! Whether you’re a chancellor, president, a policymaker or faculty member, NACCE offers attendees access to an array of intellectual and practical resources to help community colleges and their communities increase their entrepreneurial and economic vitality.


Online Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Training

Looking for an engaging online learning experience? How about a way to model online teaching in the new normal of virtual learning? Check out our upcoming Fall training event! This four-week online Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certification Training prepares participants to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in their classroom, organizations, and communities.




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Entrepreneurial Mindset Education – A Two-Part Webinar Event

In this two-part webinar, author, entrepreneur, and internationally recognized thought leader Gary Schoeniger will discuss the entrepreneurial mindset as a powerful cognitive framework that has become essential for individuals and organizations to adapt and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. This groundbreaking research has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as “redefining entrepreneurship in classrooms and communities worldwide.”

  Sept. 29 & 30, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:30PM EST

Register Today






Online Classrooms, An Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Learning

As the school year has started and many teachers are leading their students remotely for the first time, we wanted to share a blog we published at the beginning of the summer. Providing “space” for learning, unlearning, and relearning is already a difficult task, but it can feel insurmountable when you are unable to meet in-person as we have traditionally. 

Once seen as inadequate or second-rate, online learning is now at the forefront of many teachers’ and professors’ minds. As an option for schools that are otherwise closed due to the pandemic, and as a part of plans moving forward as we phase out of lockdowns around the world, we are seeing more and more blended or completely online classes being offered. For many educators, an online learning experience becomes as much about the “how” as it is meant to be about the “what,” of learning.

This piece is meant to better prepare teachers for the immense opportunities of online learning, and how online learning can be an integral part of developing more innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial learners for the future.



"Who Owns the Ice House?" Is Available in Audiobook Format!

Take the eight life lessons of Uncle Cleve, Clifton Taulbert, and Gary Schoeniger with you wherever you go! Whether you are engaging with the lessons for the first time or revisiting the stories of Clifton's life, there is something for everyone in this lifelike depiction of the book.



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