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Identifying additional resources

Posted By Lynn Anderson, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Northeast State Entrepreneurship Grant Committee has identified several resources that can be tapped in developing our Center for Entrepreneurship that encompass the campus community, the business community and potential users/participants.  The anticipated construction of our Emerging Technologies Complex (scheduled to be completed in 2017) will provide a central location for offering workshops, classes, discussion groups, and brain-storming sessions.  The Committee has identified several local groups, organizations and businesses that are either currently offering or looking to offer entrepreneurial support services.  These groups are a part of both our "Bird in Hand" and our "Crazy Quilt".  Northeast State has a very active Foundation and group of advisory committees.  The Committee has scheduled a planning session for 3/4/15 to report on marketing/advertising ideas, workshop presenters and results of conversations with other entrepreneurial groups in the area.

We have two limiting factors (maybe our "Lemonade"???):  the lack of space for our center and the construction of the new Emerging Technologies Complex.  The Center for Entrepreneurship will share space with the Center for Teaching Excellence for the present.  The new complex will house the Center for Entrepreneurship upon completion.  Currently, the impending construction it is a focus for the campus and the Northeast State extended community.  Coordinating with those involved in fundraising for the new building is important to maintain and build lasting relationships for the college. 

We are also engaging other entrepreneurial providers and groups in our five county area to raise awareness and identify partners and participants for our programs. 

 We hope to have more good news to share next month!!

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Spotlight on #PHXstartupweek

Posted By Christine Pigsley, Monday, March 2, 2015

By: Jeff Saville, Gateway CEI, Phoenix AZ

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The end of February saw the spotlight shine bright on the greater Phoenix area and its burgeoning entrepreneurial scene. Phoenix Startup Week, powered by Chase, was a celebration of local startups, their supporters, and our cities. From Scottsdale to Tempe to downtown Phoenix, the week was filled with presentations from some of the best entrepreneurial talent in the community.


The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation was one of the stops during the week as CEI showcased a growing subculture within the ecosystem: medical device startups. In partnership with MedicoVentures and Phoenix Analysis Design & Technologies (PADT), the afternoon featured Bret Larsen of eVisit, Kent Dicks of Alere Connect, and Matthew Likens of Ultera, Inc., offering their perspectives on the growth and commercialization process for med tech companies. The event culminated with tours of PADT “Startup Labs” at CEI, which features 3D printing and design opportunities for entrepreneurs throughout Phoenix – with a particular focus on medical devices. (For more info, read AZ Tech Beat’s recap:


Overall, every startup ecosystem needs defining moments such as these to gain additional support from the general community – particularly the "uninitiated" outsiders – and to generate local and national exposure for its entrepreneurial initiatives. For at least one week, greater Phoenix incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, support organizations, corporate partners, and of course entrepreneurs consciously abstained from “operation in isolation” and joined forces to share their stories and learn about one another’s efforts. And we certainly consider Phoenix Startup Week a huge success as a result.


To reference Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s tweet on the week: “Nearly [2000] registered, [we are] ready to energize our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Here’s to doing it all over again next year!

Tags:  community college  economic development  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  Gateway CEI  Maricopa Corporate College  NACCE 

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Entrepreneurial Effecutation at the "Sub-unit" Level

Posted By Steve Tincher Ph.D., Monday, March 2, 2015
Updated: Monday, March 2, 2015

The Faculty Entrepreneurship Summit Planning Committee is threading a pragmatic application of Entrepreneurial Effectuation throughout the Summit content (launching and marketing Entrepreneurship certificates). It is interesting to note, that the Effectuation process is also evident in the Planning Committee work (see chart below). I had not considered application at this specific “subunit” level. Too micro for the application (?) - doesn't appear "to be"! 

Entrepreneurial Effectuation

Planning for Faculty Entrepreneurial Summit

Bird In Hand

Coleman Grant, Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington, Ivy Tech Bloomington hosting the event, 14 ENTR faculty members, Commission for Higher Ed. and Dept. of Ed. approval of the Certificates

Affordable Loss

Opportunity cost of human capital invested in the planning

Crazy Quilt

Coleman Foundation, Local entrepreneurs linkages with the College program, marketing department, NACCE, 14 regions


Change in initial plan for keynote, new keynote emphasis will focus on direct application of Effectuation for specifically launching the new certificates, familiarly/experience of the keynote with community college context


Control of the Summit focus and outcome toward launching/marketing the program/certificates, agenda

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Let's Talk Effectuation with Sara Whiffen

Posted By Christine Pigsley, Thursday, February 26, 2015

The numbers behind Effectuation- How do we show progress in the Entrepreneurial College?

By: Sara Whiffen, Insights Ignited



Consider evaluating your effectual activities in three primary buckets:

    1. Actions  -- Things I did
    2. Activities – How others got involved
    3. Impact – What the outcomes were

Use Qualitative Tracking:

Marketing as a discipline has faced similar challenges (Brand awareness, Customer loyalty, Customer Relationships).


What can we learn from them? 

1.     Process:  Define; Measure; Report; Refine

2.     What’s the effectual equivalent of Customer Relationships, Stakeholders, Presales?·      


Are there other ideas?  Try tracking mindset change


Try framing Qualitative Measurement using the 5 Principles of Effectuation:

1.     Bird in Hand- Did you discover / use any previously slack assets?  Identify things borrowed / recycled rather than purchased.

2.     Affordable Loss- How did you manage to a minimal investment until you saw the idea take root? 

3.     Crazy Quilt- What actions have you taken to nurture co-creative relationships? What ways did you foster for people to create connections? How was a diverse population exposed to your process, so as to increase resources and co-creation opportunities?  What did your stakeholders bring to the project?  Have you made any new relationships?  Engaged any new stakeholders?  Who and what do they bring to the project? 

4.     Lemonade- What did you put in place to remain flexible and take advantage of opportunities as they arise? Did you make any changes to the plan based on new information / partners / resources? 

5.     Pilot in Plane-  What positive externalities did you receive from this worldview? Are people on your team thinking effectually?  Do they feel more confident /optimistic / more in control?   


Let’s not forget the Quantitative tracking:

1.     Bird in Hand-  How were costs reduced by using existing resources? 

2.     Affordable Loss-  Manage to a “spending” or “investment” budget of no more than…$x. 

3.     Crazy Quilt-   Stakeholders – how many are participating?  Are any of these new to your group?  Note:  This is not about getting the most.  But about growing awareness of the co-creation principle through consideration.  How many stakeholders invested more this time than previously? How many stakeholders brought new voices to the table? Percentage increase in number of stakeholders. Number of new areas entered with partners.  Number of students engaged.  Number of community members engaged.

4.     Lemonade-  Dollars saved due to unanticipated acts.  Positive outcomes due to unanticipated acts

5.     Pilot in Plane-  Percentage of time you / your team spend “effectuating”.  Percentage decrease in costs to experiment. Percentage of new ideas tried.  Number of failures (If you’re not failing, you’re not trying – and you’re not learning). Percentage of people impacted / reached by the new idea (remember to define “impacted” at beginning of project). Use these to set a baseline and then look for changes over time.  


We Measure and Track- But then what? 

1.     Publicize·      

  • Integrate with existing reporting.  
  • Create a separate effectual dashboard or highlights report.
  • Tell your stories.

2.     Recognize

  • See successes – reward them
  • Acknowledge failures – learn from them

3.     Reorganize

  • Resistance?  Bring the discussion to what you’re really trying to accomplish and allow the input to shape future iterations.    


Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  insights ignited  NACCE 

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Eastern WV Community & Technical College Gets the Whole Community Speaking Effectuation

Posted By Christine Pigsley, Monday, February 23, 2015

Opportunities for Business Startups Available in Wardensville by Jean Flanagan

Reprint Courtesy of the Moorefield Examiner Newspaper, Moorefield WV February 4, 2015

As community colleges and NACCE members we talk about Effectuation (the Entrepreneurial Method) frequently, but Entrepreneur in Residence Joe Kapp & Eastern WV CTC President Chuck Terrell are taking it to the streets of their community and making it part of the local vocabulary on entrepreneurship and small business. Check out this great front page article from their local newspaper. This is definitely "Entrepreneurship in Action". 

For more information contact Joe Kapp at

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Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical Coll  economic development  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  NACCE 

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Insights from Instructional Technology Council eLearning Conference

Posted By Barbara Millard, Monday, February 23, 2015

Barbara Millard
Associate Professor - Marketing
Johnson County Community College

High Impact Educational Practices are Critical to Success in the Work World

As Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagment (NSSE) opened the closing keynote at the 2015 Instructional Technology Council eLearning conference, she shifted away from our three day focus on eLearning techniques and directed our attention to High Impact Practices (HIP) currently being recognized and encouraged by NSSE and CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement). These practices include opportunities such learning communities, service learning, study abroad, internships, student success courses, first year seminars and experiences, undergraduate research accelerated developmental education and capstone projects.

According to the NSSE, 81-84% of employers report that student involvement in high impact educational practices is critical to success in the work world. As students enter the work world, these higher impact practices are associated with persistence, deeper approaches to learning, increased critical thinking and a greater appreciation for diversity.

Her suggested “prescription” is that every student’s college career include at least 2 HIPs and she indicated that  many students taking face to face classes are meeting that goal. However, distance education students fall far behind when it comes to participation in HIPs. Her challenge to those of us teaching online – get creative and find ways to offer High Impact Practices to online students. It’s critical to their careers.

Gaming and Gamification

Prior to arriving at the Instructional Technology Council eLearning conference, I knew I was interested in attending sessions on Gaming and Gamification.  Having raised three boys I was aware that games could keep the young person's attention in ways I never could. However, what I learned in the sessions I attended on this topic, was somewhat different than I expected and as a result, my view of Gaming has greatly expanded.

I was introduced to a game development tool called eLearning Brothers. This is the type of application I was initially looking for and I'm excited about the idea of using this tool to customize games to meet my specific course objectives. However, I also learned that this type of tool falls under the classification of "Gaming" while the term "Gamification" refers  to using gaming “techniques” to create a more game like environment in courses using traditional delivery methods. For example, one professor shared her Gamification method which involves assigning online chapter quizzes with 10 - 20 multiple choice questions prior to coming to class. Students are allowed to take the quiz twice and receive the higher grade. Many of us do's a typical practice. But, here’s where the gamification comes in. After the quiz is closed, students are given the opportunity to enter a "Quest" and can take the quiz again up to five times for 2 points extra credit. To young people, failure is okay in games and they are motivated to try again. As they do so, they expect to advance to another level so the instructor has built levels into the course.  Students participating in the Quest can reach various levels based on the number of points they receive. Quest levels can be given titles that fit your subject matter area. In my retail management class, I'm thinking of using the levels of Department Manager, Store Manager and District Manager.

Blogging Best Teaching Practices

Since I find it difficult to turn down a challenge, I couldn’t resist attending the session “I Triple Dog Dare You to Take the 9 x 9 x 25 Challenge” at the recent ITC eLearning Conference. The focus of this session was finding ways to make it easy for busy faculty to share best practices. The presenter, Todd Conaway from Yavapai Community College, was faced the challenge that most of us have - faculty on his campus find it hard to carve out the time for "the professor in office A to share successful practices with the professor in office B”.  In an attempt to overcome that obstacle, he created the Triple Dog Dare 9x9x25 Challenge.

Todd challenged faculty to commit to writing a 25 sentence blog each week for 9 weeks. The blog had to be about teaching and learning. He felt the word “challenge” was a critical part of the project. According to Todd, “faculty wouldn't do it if assigned the task but to challenge faculty is whole different matter”. And, he sweetened that challenge with ice cream! Those who wrote the first week received a pint of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. Following weeks were rewarded with items such as books and water bottles and at the end of the year, a luncheon.  The result: a permanent record of best practices that can be accessed by faculty anytime, anywhere. More details about the challenge can be found at

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Don't Forget Adult Education & GED Students

Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Updated: Friday, February 20, 2015

When the Kaskaskia College Entrepreneurial Team started quizzing Deans and Department Heads about where Effectuation can have a large impact, Adult Education and the GED Program jumped out to us as an un-realized audience. The people in these programs are street-smart and creative, where effectuation techniques often help them survive.

I am reminded of a story that I believe Patrick Henry CC relayed- a used car came into their possession, was fixed up by their auto-tech program and then went into service as a service car for students... Effectuation techniques for sure.

Tags:  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  Kaskaskia College 

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The State of Entrepreneurship on NACCE Community College Campuses

Posted By Guin Griswold, Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NACCE members are igniting entrepreneurship on campus. As an association, we wanted to benchmark the work bein

NACCE members are igniting entrepreneurship on campus. As an association, we wanted to benchmark the work being done as well as better understand challenges that our members are facing. We want to provide members with the resources they need to grow entrepreneurship programs across campus and community as well as be able to apply the entrepreneurial method to their current challenges on campus.

The following is the summary of the responses of 92 members.

2015 Member Survey Results


g done as well as better understand challenges that our members are facing. We want to provide members with the resources they need to grow entrepreneurship programs across campus and community as well as be able to apply the entrepreneurial method to their current challenges on campus.


The following is the summary of the responses of 92 members.

Tags:  2015 Trends  Member Survey Results 

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Let's Talk Effectuation with Sara Whiffen

Posted By Christine Pigsley, Sunday, February 8, 2015

We invite you to share in a conversation with Sara Whiffen, Effectuation expert and the Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurial Colleges in Action grantees on a question that many of us deal with on our campuses every day. 

Which metrics or measurements do you think best capture the mindset of effectuation -- and why?

Please comment on this posting with your thoughts, ideas, and questions.

Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  NACCE 

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Fox Valley TC Pilots an Accelerated Entrepreneurial Mindset Course

Posted By Christine Pigsley, Sunday, February 8, 2015

By: Douglas Schacht, Entrepreneurship Instructor,  Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton WI

For more information email: 

The 2014-2015 Coleman Foundation Grant received by Fox Valley Technical College is focused on promoting and piloting an accelerated three-credit entrepreneurial mindset course as an elective for students in program areas that naturally lend themselves to self-employment (horticulture, residential construction, interior design, culinary arts, etc.).  The project was specifically designed to address Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge Action Steps 1, 2, 4, & 5.  We chose to create an accelerated, 5-day, 3-credit course to be taught during our January 2015 and August 2015 interim weeks.  Our goal was 15 students per class, and our inaugural class that recently wrapped up had 12 students in it from a variety of program areas. 

I recently completed reading and grading their final reflection papers and was pleasantly surprised by many of the comments shared by students.  The overarching theme went something like “I had no idea what to expect walking into this course but am so glad I took it.  After this experience I am more confident in my future than I ever could have imagined.”  Reflecting on those comments it seems clear that we did a good job helping those students embrace their internal locus of control and power to choose which is critical for these future entrepreneurs. 

A significant lesson learned is that we need to do a better job educating our internal stakeholders on what this course provides and use the students from this course as ambassadors in the recruitment process for the August course.  We will also be reaching out to our Student Life team to engage them in the shaping of this course and outcomes moving forward.

Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  fox valley technical college  NACCE 

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