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Ice House Program Teaches Teen Entrepreneurial Mindset

In this segment of Top of Mind, I talk with 17-year-old Jairo Fernandez, a student from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City. Fernandez recently attended the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which is especially designed to develop critical thinking skills that will enable participants to identify and evaluate opportunities, manage risks, and learn from the results.

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Prentiss Earl III
on May 07, 2014
Innovate Colorado Springs: An Ode to Joe

Last week was busy--to say the least. Several of the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Team members were in Colorado Springs for Innovate Colorado Springs, a week of events uniting the region around its innovative and entrepreneurial potential.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 21, 2014
Ice House Sketchbook Dispels Myths of Entrepreneurship

The latest Kauffman Sketchbook illustrates how the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program develops the critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills that help any individual think like an entrepreneur.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 22, 2013
Ice House: Facilitator Explains Reason For Choosing Program

Last week, we hosted Ice House Facilitator Training here at the Foundation. We had people come from across the country and the international community to be trained in how to facilitate an entrepreneurial mindset to members of their community. I had the chance to sit down with one of the facilitators, Rob Elwood, and learn about his reason for coming to this training, and how he sees it benefiting his community in Annapolis, Md.

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Prentiss Earl III
on November 01, 2013
Ice House: Alum Finds New Perspective on Life Goals

In this installment of my Ice House series, I sat down with Ice House alum Chris Vallee to learn first hand what he got out of the entrepreneurship program. Vallee, an intern at the Kauffman Foundation, attended the program two years ago at Johnson County Community College. Signing up for the class by chance, he quickly found a new perspective on the decisions he had been making in his life, and a renewed, invigorating urge to chase the life goals he had let fall by the wayside.

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Prentiss Earl III
on August 22, 2013
Ice House: Students Take Experiential Learning Out to the Ballgame

Kauffman Labs is not your typical classroom, but then again, Nancie and I are not your typical instructors. In fact we do little in the way of instruction in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP) and focus more of our energy towards facilitation. Students are encouraged to explore, experiment, solve problems and learn from one another. It's not what they're used to, but I think they liked it. It gave them the opportunity to expand their idea of education beyond the confines of absorption and regurgitation. It's about learning from the experiences they have with each other.

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Prentiss Earl III
on August 06, 2013
Teaching an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Inside the Ice House Program

As an entrepreneur in residence, I'm responsible for a wide variety of projects ranging from program management and storytelling to mentoring and teaching, the latter being the main focus of this and future blog posts.

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Prentiss Earl III
on July 16, 2013
Super Sunday Can Inspire Super Startups

As millions of Americans tune in to watch Super Bowl 46 and the most-anticipated commercials of the year, I hope a certain 30-second spot catches some eyes.

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Thom Ruhe
on January 31, 2012
Making a List

As the year winds down, thoughts naturally reflect on the year's accomplishments, challenges, regrets and hopes that we carry into the new year. As an entrepreneur, I have found it an excellent time to take stock and make an inventory of the resources and assets that I have come to rely upon and expect to continue to value in the future. With that in mind, I wanted to share my year-end inventory of programs, resources, and organizations that are serving the interests of entrepreneurs.

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Thom Ruhe
on December 16, 2011
Ice House Entrepreneurs: Battling Hardship with Entrepreneurship

While policymakers scramble to make sense of the market volatility and rationalize our credit downgrade, many Americans have been left to fend for themselves. The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, a two-part learning project is designed to remind us of the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset and the opportunities it can provide.

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Thom Ruhe
on August 26, 2011
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