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 […]

Ann Mei Chang: Innovating and Experimenting for Outsized Impact

From Google to startups to the US Agency for International Development, Ann Mei Chang has seen how thinking big and taking calculated risks can lead to large scale change in any sector.  As a tri-sector leader, Ann Mei was able to leverage her tech industry experience and think about how “Silicon Valley” tools could be […]

Insider Insights on the Challenging but Rewarding Work of Scaling with Government

Patient and powerful.  Risk and reward.  Necessary and challenging. If you had to summarize partnering with government in just two words, what would they be? Leaders of social ventures Build Change, VillageReach, and TriCiclos shared the words above during a panel session to launch CASE’s latest contribution to the Scaling Pathways series, “Leveraging Government Partnerships […]

Scaling Pathways: Leveraging Government Partnerships

Introducing “Leveraging Government Partnerships for Scaled Impact,” the Latest Theme Study From Scaling Pathways Social enterprises driving toward systems change must undertake various partnerships along the way.  The one partnership most reported as being key to the ability to achieve such change is one with government.  So thousands of social enterprises embark, every day, on […]

Financing for Scaled Impact: Part of the Scaling Pathways Series

What Successful Social Enterprises Want You to Know… Googling “social enterprise” calls up over 20 million results. Indeed, there are hundreds of thousands of new ideas for mission-driven ventures emerging around the world. And there are some notable social enterprises who have started to solve social and environmental problems at scale. What can we learn […]

Lessons on Scale from Fighting Deforestation in the Amazon

Amazon Deforestation

This post was originally published on the Fuqua in Latin America blog. You can read the original post here. A goal of Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship is understanding how social ventures can move from idea to widespread and sustainable impact. CASE partnered with USAID, the Skoll Foundation, and Mercy Corps to launch Scaling Pathways […]

Scaling Pathways: Insights from the field on unlocking impact at scale

Scaling Pathways

Four years ago, the Innovation Investment Alliance, a funding and learning partnership between the Skoll Foundation and U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab, with support from Mercy Corps, committed to investing $44.5 million in social enterprises across the globe. Their goal is to create systems-level change by supporting transformative social enterprises in reaching […]

Scaling Pathways: What Does it Take to Scale Impact?

Scaling Pathways Webinar

While there is no single path for scaling social impact, we’ve learned many lessons about what works and what does not: How critical is local adaptation? What can social enterprises do to remain focused on what matters most? Why might partnerships make sense? When should an organization pivot? …and do we even agree on our […]

What can social ventures in Brazil, Uganda, & Bangladesh teach us about scaling?

For the past 15 years, CASE has been exploring this question: How do social entrepreneurs leap the chasm from idea to sustainable impact at scale? Now, as part of that research, CASE has partnered with Mercy Corps, USAID and the Skoll Foundation to study how three innovative social ventures have scaled their impact. The CASE […]