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The ESB certification has been designed based on feedback and insights gathered from an official ESB Advisory Board, which includes the following organizations and individuals:

  • Dave Lefkowith, Lousiana Department of Education
  • Jenny Bradbury, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Tom Gold, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Gene Coulson, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
  • Angela Pate, CareerSource North Central Florida
  • James Wilcox, Mississippi Council of Economic Education
  • Phyllis Frankfort, Working in Support of Education

The following organizations are official endorsers of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business certification:

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

NFTE_LOGO_Lockup_ColorNetwork for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is an international nonprofit that activates the entrepreneurial mindset in young people and builds their knowledge about business startup. Students acquire the entrepreneurial mindset (e.g., innovation, self-reliance, comfort with risk), alongside business, STEM, and presentation skills-equipping them to drive their best futures in the 21st Century. NFTE focuses its work on under-resourced communities, with programs in 23 locations in 10 countries.

To learn more, visit, like NFTE on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at @NFTE.

The American Council on Education (ACE)

ACE_CREDIT_RGB_BlueThe American Council on Education (ACE) is the USA’s unifying voice for higher education. ACE serves as a consensus leader on key higher education issues and seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. IC3 has earned an ACE credit recommendation for college education in general education or computing literacy. From this, students can seek credit from more than 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges, universities, and other education-related organizations that are members of ACE.

To learn more about the ACE endorsement, visit