Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

This session explores entrepreneurship in a wide lens and provides participants with a framework for understanding the entrepreneurial mindset, its universal application and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.

The overall objective is to empower learners through entrepreneurial thinking and immerse them in experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills.

This workshop incorporates elements of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, an online learning program designed to inspire and engage participants through encouraging real-world application of core concepts.

Together, we’ll examine the myths and explore the reality of what it really takes become a successful entrepreneur. Participants will also have an opportunity to apply these skills and concepts by participating in a mock Shark Tank process with their peers.

Learning Objectives

√ Using case studies, participants learn how entrepreneurs overcome self-imposed limitations and put their ideas into action.

√ Participants will learn how to tap into a network of entrepreneurs, mentors and trusted advisers within their own communities.

√ Identify and articulate many concepts, principles, myths, behaviors, and actions that typify the entrepreneurial process and the entrepreneurial-mindset.

√ Explore ways of innovative thinking and the underlying attitudes, beliefs, practices and strategies that lead to success in new ventures.

√ Develop critical thinking skills that will enable participants to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, manage risks and learn from the results.

√ Understand and apply fundamental aspects of entrepreneurial thinking across disciplines and as a means of personal empowerment.

√ Identify and interact with local entrepreneurs and business owners within your own communities.


Dr. Peter Hackbert is an entrepreneurship educator and management consultant. Building upon his industry research and teaching interests in emerging growth companies and new product/service development, he contributes to the infusion of an entrepreneurial mindset in students and entrepreneurs who may have little or no business or management education background.

Dr. Hackbert is the William and Kay Moore Chair in Entrepreneurship and Management and Director of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good Program at Berea College.

Known as an innovative teacher, he has been a pioneer in encouraging students, institutional involvement in new venture plan competitions, creating a faculty culture supportive of experiential learning outcomes, and strengthening partnerships to foster community-based learning.


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