CASE’s social impact program supplements the Fuqua core curriculum to help impact-motivated students build on their own experiences and identities to develop competencies, connections, and community in the impact space. One of the primary ways we do this is through the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) and CASE i3 Consulting Practicum (CASE i3CP). In these programs our MBA students work in teams, advised by faculty, to tackle of-the-moment business challenges in social enterprise management and impact investing for client organizations. These opportunities for true experiential learning are a central way that CASE students develop critical social impact competencies, establish connections with sector leaders, and cultivate a lifelong community of impact-minded peers.
This year, 74 Daytime MBA students will be working with 11 social ventures and impact investors around the world. Clients for this year’s programs are listed below:
Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum Clients
Ko Shwe Ventures
Based in Myanmar, Ko Shwe is the world’s first personal care company offering affordable, tailored dental solutions to betel quid chewers. More than 600 million people across Asia regularly chew betal quid, which can lead to teeth stains, gum pain, Oral Sub Mucous Fibrosis and high risk of oral cancer.
Guided by the belief that every individual deserves an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and whole life, LifeNet International provides logistics, financing, equipment and training services to existing, faith-based health centers in East Africa.
Based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. This mission is pursued through academics, research groups, and participatory innovation programs.
Based in Bogota, Refinancia is a leader in purchasing non-performing loans in Colombia and Peru in order to help clients mitigate the negative impacts of debt.
Based in Kenya operating under the Afya Research Africa umbrella, Ubuntu Afya operates a network of 27 medical centers in rural areas that lack other private or public healthcare options. Their Stone HMIS system is a health information and medical records system for those without access to other health technologies and more advanced healthcare providers.
CASE i3 Consulting Practicum Clients
Marigold is a gender smart micro-VC launching a fund with a focus on increased empowerment, inclusion, diversity, and equity of marginalized populations. Marigold uses a gender lens to fund strong entrepreneurs who run strong and sustainable early stage/small businesses that support broader communities of marginalized populations. Marigold also provides private market investment strategic consulting to foundations. Marigold is a B Corporation and a member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association.
Self-Help is a national Community Development Financial Institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Self-Help’s mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all by providing responsible financial services, lending to small businesses and nonprofits, developing real estate, and promoting fair financial practices.
Based on Durham, NC, Forward Cities is a national learning network of cities committed to advancing inclusive innovation and economic development in their communities.
The Conservation Fund
The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund program addresses an urgent conservation challenge: the loss of America’s last big, intact, privately-held forests. The Conservation Fund finances the acquisition of these forests, manages them under a certified forest management plan, permanently protects them primarily with conservation easements, and resells the protected forest back into the private market.
Small Foundation is an Irish philanthropic foundation working to end extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. They aim to do this by catalysing income-generating opportunities for extremely poor people in sub-Saharan Africa, most of whom are smallholder farmers. To that end, Small Foundation supports initiatives that improve the business ecosystems that proliferate income opportunities for those in extreme poverty by expanding the access of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to knowledge, skilled human resources, finance, technology and markets.
Omidyar Network is the philanthropic investment arm of Pierre and Pam Omidyar, founded on the fundamental belief that people are inherently good and capable, but often lack opportunity. ON creates opportunity for people to improve their lives by investing in market-based efforts that catalyze economic and social change. Since 2004, Omidyar Network has committed more than $1.2 billion to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation.