Not every successful entrepreneur came out of Wharton or Harvard. One named “Uncle Cleve” clawed his way to fortune in the segregated South helping keep food cold in the scorching Mississippi Delta. Cleve’s story, and its entrepreneurial lessons, is documented by his nephew, Clifton Taulbert, in his book, “Who Owns the Icehouse? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”

The book inspired The Kauffman Foundation to fund The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, an online program featuring many entrepreneurs over adversity to carve out their success. Here are six.

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