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DigitalChalk Hosts Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

by | Aug 1, 2011 | Announcements

DigitalChalk joins the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative to offer Pulitzer Prize nominee Clifton Taulbert, author of the book, “Who Owns the Icehouse?” to students online worldwide.

August 1, 2011 – Asheville, NC

DigitalChalk is proud to announce that they have been chosen as the online delivery platform for the newly released the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, an interactive online learning program that enables participants to learn directly from the firsthand experiences of successful real-world entrepreneurs. The Ice House program will be delivered online to students across the US and Worldwide through the Chalkboard video learning suite in DigitalChalk.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and created through a collaboration with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and Pulitzer Prize nominee Clifton Taulbert, author of the book, Who Owns the Icehouse? Who Owns the Icehouse is a first hand experiential story based on the influence of the entrepreneurial mindset and eight essential life-lessons Taulbert gained from his Uncle Cleve, an unlikely entrepreneur in the segregated South.

“The Ice House program helps plant the seeds of entrepreneurship in the next generation. We believe that it takes the kind of mindset Clifton teaches to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. We are thrilled to be a part of this initiative,” stated Russ Stinehour, President of DigitalChalk.

The eight life lessons described in the book have been presented in the online learning format and combine narrative presentations with video interviews and case studies that feature present day examples of entrepreneurs who have pursued their dreams regardless of hardship and adversity and succeeded like Taulbert’s Uncle in the book conquered hardship and adversity. In addition, each lesson includes individual learning assessments, discussion topics and assignments designed to maximize comprehension and be applicable to real world situations in all walks of life.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program already has caught the attention of educators, community development groups and other organizations across the United States and throughout the world.
The course also provides access to an online entrepreneurial learning community that enables participants and facilitators to share their knowledge and experience with other entrepreneurs and educators within their own communities as well as others across the country and around the world.

About The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people’s eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on and

About ELI

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, LLC (ELI) provides interactive online entrepreneurship education programs for individuals and organizations worldwide. Combining extensive research with practical knowledge and insight drawn from more than 300 hours of on-camera interviews, ELI is rapidly becoming a recognized leader in the field of entrepreneurship education. Its mission is to create inspired learning programs that deliver real-world impact. ELI’s clients include the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute as well as the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its programs are currently being deployed in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

About Pulitzer Prize-nominee Clifton Taulbert

Clifton Talbert is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer and thought leader on the critical issue of building community. Recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the nations’ outstanding entrepreneurs, Taulbert is best known for his books, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored and Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing Values That Build Communities. Taulbert’s ability to connect with diverse individuals across a broad professional spectrum has introduced him to audiences from members of the United States Supreme Court to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies as well as educators around the world. Over the last 15 years, Taulbert’s insights on the power of community to ensure organizational effectiveness in 21st-century work and learning places have impacted organizations worldwide. Taulbert is especially known for his work with leaders and emerging leaders; helping them to embrace building community as a necessary force-multiplier for their organizations and understand their critical role in diversity leadership for the 21st century. For more information, visit

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