FOUNDER & MASTERMIND GUIDE
Dr. Chris Wedding is an award-winning professor at two of the best universities in America: Duke University (Executive in Residence) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Professor of the Practice). Over the last 20 years, he has taught thousands of students from age 6 to 60. In addition, he is a Certified Mastermind Professional (by Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi); a Managing Director of IronOak Energy Capital, which provides investment banking and advisory for clean energy companies and projects; a Faculty Member at the Institute for Defense and Business; an Advisor to the Adams Apprenticeship, UNC Chapel Hill's leading entrepreneurship program developing high potential students into transformative entrepreneurs; one of the world’s earliest LEED Accredited Professionals in the multi-billion-dollar green building industry; and a former Director and Senior Adviser at Cherokee, an environmental private equity and angel investment firm, which has raised $2B and invested in 500+ projects or startups. Dr. Wedding brings an international perspective to his work with experience in 20 countries and proficiency in 3 languages. He has also made too many mistakes to count, and hopes to share those lessons learned with his students and coaching clients. Most importantly, he is a devoted husband and father of three awesome kiddos.
Renewable Energy and Green Building Entrepreneurship
In this online course I created, professionals can take the first steps toward launching a new business in the energy, finance, real estate, design, engineering, or environmental sectors, while also creating positive environmental and human health impacts.
In this course, I integrate tools, trends, and tips from the field of entrepreneurship as a career path for making a difference and generating wealth in the renewable energy and green building sectors. This is not a course about theory. After completing this course, students should be able to... Read more
IronOak Energy Capital provides investment banking (e.g., raising capital, M&A) and advisory services (e.g., investment due diligence, business strategy consulting) with 100% focus on energy and the environment. We are not typical investment bankers. Instead, we bring PhD rigor, private equity and angel investment expertise, and a focus on the mission of the companies we support. IronOak provides thought leadership via blogs, newsletters, and speaking at national and international conferences. Dr. Wedding is the Founder.
UNC Chapel Hill's Business School is one of the best business schools in the U.S., ranking #4 in management, #8 in finance, and #13 in entrepreneurship. As part of the faculty, Dr. Wedding teaches about strategy and entrepreneurship in real estate, clean energy, and corporate sustainability.
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business is one of the world's best business schools, ranking as high as #1 in the U.S. in recent years. As part of the faculty, Dr. Wedding teaches about energy finance, management consulting, and the business of climate change.
Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment ranks as the 6th best global university in environment and ecology. As part of the faculty, Dr. Wedding teaches about business and strategy related to green real estate development and clean energy for masters degree and executive education students.
The IDB provides executive education to seasoned executives and high-potential performers in the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the private sector. The Institute focuses on logistics, technology, life cycle systems, leadership, organizational transformation, strategic studies, stabilization, and economic reconstruction. As part of the external faculty, Dr. Wedding teaches about the importance of energy innovation and investment, as well as entrepreneurship, to the US military.
Entrepreneurs for Impact was formerly known as The Invest for Impact Academy. We changed the name to focus on masterminds for entrepreneurs in the energy and environment sectors.
HISTORY OF MASTERMINDS
The practice of mastermind groups has been around for centuries.
It was most recently popularized by author Napoleon Hill in the 1920’s and 1930’s in his books, The Law of Success and Think and Grow Rich, which is often ranked among the most popular business + self-help books ever, with 15+ million copies sold.
Through his research, he purportedly interviewed over 500 self-made millionaires (were there that many 100 years ago?) to learn about their secrets to success.
In this process, he learned that many of them — including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Theodore Roosevelt, John Rockefeller, and Charles Schwab — relied on masterminds as a key to their personal growth and business success.
If it worked for them, then my hope is that it can also help Entrepreneurs for Impact solve big problems in energy and the environment, while maybe even becoming household names to hungry entrepreneurs 100 years from now.
experience teaching 12,000+ executive and entrepreneur students to date