The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) is an award-winning research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. CASE’s mission is to prepare leaders and organizations with the business skills needed to achieve lasting social change.

Since 2002, CASE has been a leader in the field of social entrepreneurship, serving as a hub for research, teaching and practitioner engagement. We have educated thousands of MBA students and worked with thousands of organizations, funders, government agencies and researchers to help define, connect theory and practice and propel the idea of social entrepreneurship into the robust field it is today.

In the coming years, CASE will continue to support and learn from social entrepreneurs but also help to build the ecosystem that allows social entrepreneurs to succeed and scale: capital markets that understand them, policies that encourage them, legal structures that free them, and so on. Our ambitious efforts around impact investing (the CASE Initiative on Impact Investing, CASE i3) and global health (the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke, SEAD) illustrate this point.

CASE’s theory of change revolves around three focus areas:
1. Education: Educating Duke MBA students (read more)
2. Practitioner Engagement: Supporting and Engaging Practitioners (read more)
3. Thought Leadership: Developing Academic and Thought Leadership (read more)