Ice House Entrepreneurship Programme, hailed by one past student as :an educational opportunity not to be missed”, will be once again offered by the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) from Tuesday, September 18 to November 14, 2018.
Facilitated by Raymond Lambert, BEDC’s Acting Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) Director and Ondreyah Rochester, the Junior MSME Officer, Ice House is an innovative international programme, which was introduced to Bermuda in 2015.
The eight-week scheme provides people of all ages with a challenging learning experience and is designed to reveal new opportunities, ignite one’s ambition, and foster skills that will empower individuals to reach new heights as an entrepreneur. Participants will learn how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, establish goals and manage risks, and build a successful brand.
Mr Lambert said: “We are excited to be guiding another group of aspiring entrepreneurs through the Ice House curriculum and look forward to seeing how the course inspires and empowers them to turn their ideas into action.
“We know from past cohorts that there are dozens of creative and unique business ideas floating around in people’s heads, and what this course does is help participants develop the mindset, skills and confidence to start working towards creating a tangible business.”
According to past student Selena Bean, the course was instrumental in helping her to take her virtual administration business to the next level.
“Taking the course showed me that all/ most small businesses find it difficult when starting up. It reinforced the saying ‘You get out, what you put in’ and taught me that I am the driving force behind the success of my business,” she said.
“The course enhanced my idea for my virtual administration business by teaching me that you have to put yourself ‘out there’ by actively networking with the individuals you would like to connect and conduct business with. It changed my life by showing me that sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone in order to make your dreams a reality and get YOUR business where you want it to be,” Ms Bean added.
She said the course was :well worth it””and “definitely a learning opportunity not to be missed”.
Arin Weller also took the course after hearing some promos and finding herself intrigued.
“In 2017, my business idea at that time was just that…an idea, and I wasn’t sure how, when or even if I would execute it,” she said.
“Given that this was my first foray into entrepreneurship, I hadn’t a clue of where to start. The course looked like it would be a great introduction into the world of entrepreneurship and would help to push me out of my comfort zone.”
Though she learned much over the course of the programme, the biggest takeaway was the change it made to her mindset.
Ms Weller said: “The course material gave first hand experiences from successful entrepreneurs which is invaluable.
“It highlighted their struggles, the adversity they encountered and ultimately the mindset they had to have in order to pursue their dreams, despite the challenges. Those real-life lessons, coupled with insightful dialogue between the course instructors and the class participants (which included new and seasoned entrepreneurs) helped to prepare my mind for the entrepreneurial journey ahead.
“Something that sticks with me is the quote that says, ‘Our greatest barrier to success are our own internal beliefs about who we are and what we are truly capable of’. The course challenged me to think bigger, to visualize success, and intentionally make choices that lead to my goals. I gained a renewed confidence in myself and my capabilities.”
The Ice House Entrepreneurship Programme will be taught at BEDC’s office, located in the Sofia House, 48 Church Street, Hamilton on Tuesdays from September 18th to November 14th from 6pm until 8.15 pm. For more details on the programme, visit www.bedc.bm; email email@example.com or call 292-5570.
- About BEDC: Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is Bermuda’s premier source of free confidential business advice for entrepreneurs. The mission is to serve Bermuda’s local business community with the highest degree of professionalism by providing, authoritative business advice; counsel and loan guarantee support. Bermuda Business Starts Here! For more information visit www.bedc.bm.