About Erie Ice House

 

Not unlike many U.S. small to mid-size markets, Erie, along with her surrounding counties, has experienced significant decline over the past several years.

One of the reasons for this is the fact that we forgot that our region was originally built by entrepreneurs. When you also come to understand that almost ALL net new jobs are created by startups, it makes perfect sense to shine a bright light on entrepreneurship as a key growth strategy  for any community!

One important symptom of sustained decline has been that our community, collectively, has learned to live with a scarcity mentality.  Instead of focusing on taking calculated risks and proactively investing in our future growth, we’ve learned how to “do more with less”.

It is this scarcity mentality and learned helplessness that the Ice House Leadership Program community deployment will change.

This program instills confidence and problem solving attitudes in everyone that experiences it. We will change to a community of forward thinking, positive people that are genuinely investing our time and talents to change our future for the better. It is up to us to take ownership of our destiny as a community.

We will do this because we can.

Erie Ice House Certified Facilitators April 2016

Brett Wiler, Chanel Cook, Sabrina Fischer, Brian Nottingham, Amanda Slider, Caryl Unseld, Shantel Hilliard, Susan  Gable, Darnell Stallworth, Rodney Cray, Gae Anderson Miller, Eileen Zinchiak, Leigh Kostis, Adam Bratton, Paul Jericho, Anthony Conti, Tim Few, Kim Burney, Matt McLaughlin, Kathy Gray

Previous Erie Ice House Certified Facilitators:

Candy Maxwell, Colin Hurley, Beth Zimmer, Janet Anderson, Mike Chevalier, Kevin Arrington, Bill Scholz, Marcy Hall

The Innovation Collaborative is a 501c(3) organization located in Erie, PA. Our mission is to catalyze the improvement and growth of northwest PA’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are leading the community wide implementation of the Ice House Leadership Program in support of JumpStart’s strong recommendation that we, “Urgently focus on changing our culture to one that is less risk averse and more celebratory of entrepreneurship.”

Beth Zimmer

Beth Zimmer

Co-Founder and Managing Director

“The Innovation Collaborative is an organization built by countless members of our community who recognize that entrepreneurship is vital to the region’s present and future economic success. We are here to serve the ecosystem, the strong support organizations available to entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs themselves.”

Board of Directors

Carl Nicolia

Carl Nicolia

Chairman

BlueTree Allied Angels

PSNergy

David Causgrove

David Causgrove

Treasurer

Penn State Behrend

Erin Green

Erin Green

Secretary

Beth Zimmer

Beth Zimmer

Innovation Collaborative

Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Express Management Group

BlueTree Allied Angels

Pitt Moss

Stephen Frezza

Stephen Frezza

Karen Rzepecki

Karen Rzepecki

Gary Lee

Gary Lee

Erie County Government

Kim Green

Kim Green

City of Erie Government