2023 Kirby Prize Finalist Spotlight: Kidogo

The Problem Kidogo is Working to Solve Kidogo is helping to solve the global childcare crisis, and more specifically to address the dearth of quality, affordable childcare for low income women (particularly those living in informal settlements) in East Africa.   Why We’re Excited About Kidogo’s Impact Potential Kidogo has identified many of the root causes […]

Michael McAfee on the CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity

February 2022 “Sometimes my tone can sound absolute, but I am still learning and growing,” PolicyLink President and CEO Michael McAfee cautioned as he dove into a conversation with CASE Executive Director Erin Worsham as a part of CASE’s Executive Speaker Series.  McAfee, noted for many accomplishments, is a “catalyst for a new and growing […]

CASE Announces 5 Finalists for the F.M. Kirby Scaling Social Impact Prize

From a pool of 130, five social enterprises stood out above the rest in this year’s competition for the Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact, which CASE has the privilege to manage.  One of these five will ultimately be awarded the prize – a $100,000 unrestricted grant to support their achievement of impact […]

CASE Announces Partnership with Mercy Corps Ventures focused on scaling microinsurance for smallholder farmers

If I plant at the wrong time, I will have lost my investment in seed and fertilizer – and can’t replant. If the rains don’t come, I won’t have enough yield to feed my family. If I can’t access credit, I can’t increase my yield, diversify, or innovate. These are just three of the problematic […]

Get to Know our Kirby Impact Prize Winner: Healthy Learners

At the 16th Annual Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference on February 24, 2021 the CASE at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business was thrilled to announce the inaugural winner of the Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Impact: Healthy Learners. Based in Zambia, Healthy Learners works to improve the health of school-based children through partnering with […]

CASE Announces Finalists for Inaugural F. M. Kirby Impact Prize

After receiving 330 applications from enterprises serving 184 countries across 5 continents, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is pleased announce 14 finalists for the inaugural Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact (F. M. Kirby Impact Prize). Named after early entrepreneur Fred Morgan Kirby […]

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 […]

3 Lessons we hope to learn through the F. M. Kirby Impact Prize

August 2020 As a research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the CASE team is always asking – what impact trends and insights can we surface and share with the field to improve practice? This mindset is exactly why we have been reflecting on what we can learn from our […]

Jordan Kassalow: Navigating Founder Transitions & Becoming a Systems Change Entrepreneur

By bringing together governments, corporations and nongovernmental organizations, Jordan Kassalow, founder of VisionSpring and co-founder of EYElliance, is working to change the system and increase access to eyeglasses to people around the world. On this episode of CASE in Point, he gives advice about how to deepen your understanding of the problem you are trying […]

Coaching Social Enterprises to Scale

In 2019, CASE at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the United States Agency of International Development’s (USAID) Global Development Lab Center for Applied Innovation and Acceleration selected eight social enterprises from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures Portfolio to participate in the Growth Readiness Assessment and Coaching Project (GRA). Launched with the goal of identifying […]