Decoding the ABCs of Effective Enterprise Acceleration: 10 Lessons from SEAD

Like learning a new language, scaling an enterprise is full of unknowns, imperfect attempts and lessons for the future.  Enterprise accelerators often serve as translators between their participants and the outside world. In doing so, accelerators must decipher between what they assume will be effective and what the enterprises they serve want and need. How […]

The Role Angel Networks Can Play in Economic Development

Angel Investors

If you have been following CASE’s work over the last 5+ years, you know that we have been fortunate to undertake a number of projects for USAID, the US government’s international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results.  As part of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), our  Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke […]

How Can You Tell If You are Ready to Scale?


Even the most successful social enterprises face challenges as they expand into new geographies, expand their product offerings, partner with others, or grow the size of their operations. Social enterprise growth often requires evaluation and evolution among multiple dimensions, including customer-facing criteria such as market size and product-market fit; operational and business model considerations such […]

Request for Proposals: Social Impact Venture Growth Readiness & Coaching Consultant

Background Established in 2002 as a research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) prepares leaders and organizations with the business skills needed to achieve last social change. For more than 15 years, CASE has educated thousands of students and worked with […]

SEAD Highlights Report: Reflecting on 5 Catalytic Years

The CASE office was abuzz in early 2012.  We had the opportunity to be part of a trailblazing initiative for both the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Duke University itself. USAID, in pursuing ways to accelerate growth and innovation in international development work, decided to test a new partnership with universities—where the ideas […]

Helping the Field Solve Global Challenges – CASE Year in Review

Another year has come and gone here at CASE.  Our students have graduated or are off to summer internships and so, amidst the quiet hallways and empty classrooms, I find myself reflecting once again on the year at CASE and all that this amazing team has accomplished. To start, CASE was profiled as one of […]

Social Impact and Practicum Learning: This Year’s FCCP & i3CP Clients


Experiential learning is a critical part of our work here at Fuqua. One of the ways we give students the opportunity to delve into the world of social entrepreneurship is through projects in the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) and the CASE i3 Consulting Practicum (i3CP). Since 2008 over 600 students have worked on consulting […]

CASE Chat with Ticora Jones, Division Chief, USAID Higher Solutions Education Network (HESN)

This month’s CASE Chat features Ticora Jones, Division Chief of the Higher Solutions Education Network (HESN). HESN is a partnership between USAID and seven top universities, including Duke University, designed to channel the ingenuity of university students, researchers, and faculty towards global development. In the CASE Chat, Ticora discusses the need for tri-sector leadership, the importance of messaging […]

4 Lessons on Scaling Social Ventures through Partnerships

Bigger isn’t always better. That’s one key headline global health entrepreneurs offered staff of USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation & Impact  and Higher Education Solutions Network during a recent panel discussion titled Lessons Learned on the Journey to Scale. During the panel SEAD innovators from ayzh, Forus Health, Operation ASHA, and Noora Health provided four […]

A Year of Growing Our Impact: Recapping the 2015-2016 Academic Year

The end of the academic year is bittersweet.  We say goodbye to our graduating students that just two years ago were simply names on applications but now are like family that have blossomed at Fuqua and are heading off to accomplish great things. It is also a time when the pace slows and we can […]