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"I saw your newsletter this morning and it reminded me I had to let you know how much fun we had at the Disrupt Erie Awards. Thanks for all you do – especially for putting fun into our growing entrepreneurial culture!”  Cathy von Birgelen, Ben Franklin Technology Partners (for more info click here)
"... the independent voice of innovators, facilitating, measuring, and communicating progress for northwest PA's entrepreneurial ecosystem ..."

Ice House Certified Facilitators


"Through this process, participants are empowered to see challenges as opportunities and to understand that we, alone or collectively, are responsible for finding our strengths and ultimately becoming valuable to the people around us.”  Marcus Atkinson, recently certified Ice House Leadership facilitator and Pastor of Community Engagement with Grace Church
Our region will thrive once we are collectively viewing problems as opportunities and working together, at all levels of society, to realize our region’s potential. 

The Ice House Leadership Program is a key training that is transforming our citizens’ mindsets away from varying levels of hopelessness to hopefulness... to self reliance and resourcefulness

As of today, there are 50 certified trainers in northwest PA standing ready to serve. Call us to learn more or to schedule training for you and your staff or clients! 
814.490.5295 or visit

What does it mean to have an "Entrepreneurial Mindset"? It is NOT about starting a business!

Thinking and acting with an entrepreneurial mindset empowers the lives of individuals of all ages, walks of life, and professions. The Ice House Leadership Program teaches us to reignite our entrepreneurial mindsets. (Read More

Follow Erie Ice House on Social Media: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

During the week of November 14th this year, we celebrate a week of inspiration and empowerment, while thousands of different events and competitions are held globally! 


Creating an Epic Viral Tsunami in Erie, PA

Telling the WORLD about ERIE’s Entrepreneurs

…and the world will listen!

Ken Rochon is an expert in creating Social Proof.  He leads viral campaigns for several top leaders and organizations across the world, such as Woman-To-Woman in Washington DC, Hollywood post production parties, Larry King fundraisers, West Point reunions, and World Bank events! His ability to see the vision of a leader and cause the vision to become a reality is one of the reasons he is included in so many amazing concepts, inventions, and projects. 

Ken’s business, the Umbrella Syndicate, specializes in promoting, capturing and creating Social Proof viral campaigns. This is accomplished by harnessing and funneling event traffic into epic viral storms. Utilizing brilliant photography, speed of relevance and quality content, The Umbrella Syndicate points traffic and successfully amplifies brands and messages!

Join us at the party and witness first hand how Ken leads us through creating an epic storm for and with Erie Entrepreneurs!

Nominate your favorite Erie Entrepreneurs before October 18th! Then come celebrate during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the second annual Disrupt Erie Awards party on the 16th of November

We’ll be recognizing the brightest individuals striving to empower Erie through Entrepreneurship. This party will be super high energy and leave you inspired in knowing that there is renewed faith in Erie's future.          

To Sponsor or secure party passes, Visit Disrupt Erie now!
Check out what a few of our partners are up to:
"Everyday challenges make us question who we are. The stories of struggle, diligence, and perseverance get us through. What is your story?"

2016 Speakers and Performers


A leadership development experience, designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways.  You’ll breathe new life into your leadership skills during this information-packed day event. Learn from world-class leadership experts in the morning and return to your office ready to implement your new action plan and lead with renewed passion and commitment.

Friday November 4 from 9am - 3pm
Lunch will be provided
Bayfront Convention Center – 1 Sassafras Pier Erie, PA
*Special rate to all of you who are part of the Innovation Collaborative network: Attend this leadership broadcast for only $79 (normally $109)
  1. Just go to and click the “REGISTER FOR L2L” button.
  2. After clicking the “buy tickets” button, click “enter a promotional code”
  3. Use the promotional code: andyl2l (both “L”s are lower case)


Let’s all do this and put Erie on the map!  Hurry… time is running out! 

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Our next Local Guides Challenge is here: from today until October 28, every review you write and every photo you upload to Google Maps will help your city earn everlasting glory. The 5 cities that contribute the most reviews and photos this month will be invited to an epic event in their hometown. Learn more about the Challenge and spread the word using #LocalGuides.

Learn about our next Meetup coming up on November 3rd! Thank you to our sponsors, Attorney Adam Williams and Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Co.!
Disclaimer - Innovation Collaborative supports initiatives for growth in northwest Pennsylvania's Entrepreneurial environment. We amplify messages about events and opportunities from our partners in an effort to increase awareness.
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