Knowledge Center

The CASE Knowledge Center is a collection of our research, writings, articles, and interviews we have published and conducted on social entrepreneurship over the years.  You can use the category listings on the side of the page to filter the publications to your particular topic of interest.  If you have any questions, please contact us at or subscribe to our newsletter below.

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#COVID19CapitalRelief Database

On March 26, 2020, CASE launched #COVID19CapitalRelief, a searchable database for global, national and regional capital sources for for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs at risk due to COVID-19. Access the nearly 100 resources representing approximately $14.5 billion in newly available capital sources for entrepreneurs during this challenging time and submit any additional resources:

Scaling Pathways

Through the Scaling Pathways series, CASE partners with the Skoll Foundation, USAID, and Mercy Corps Ventures to share lessons, insights, and analysis from transformative social enterprises in driving impact at scale.  The series includes in-depth case studies, cross-cutting theme papers on key challenges and opportunities related to scale, snapshots of scaling organizations, and more.

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Angel Networks in Emerging Markets

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Partnership to Advance Entrepreneurship Initiative (PACE) funded CASE to research opportunities for development institutions to support angel networks to drive private sector investment in entrepreneurship in Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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SEAD: Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke

The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) was a five-year accelerator program in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN).  Through the accelerator program the SEAD team has captured lessons learned and policy implications to ensure that our work impacts both entrepreneurs on the ground and the broader development community.

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Decoding the ABCs of Effective Enterprise Acceleration: 10 Lessons from the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke

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 …

Highlights from the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke

Launched in 2013, the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) was a five-year collaborative project between the U.S. Agency for International Development, CASE, and Innovations in Healthcare; SEAD also leveraged additional interdisciplinary partners across and outside of Duke University.  Through …

Healthcare Innovation in East Africa: Navigating the Ecosystem

50% of all hospital admissions and deaths in Kenya are related to non-communicable diseases. By 2030, non-communicable diseases are projected to be the leading cause of death in Africa. This is just one statistic that highlights the healthcare challenges East …

The Process of Social Entrepreneurship: Creating Opportunities Worthy of Serious Pursuit (Arabic translation)

Arabic translation by Mostafa Taha. By Ayse Guclu, J. Gregory Dees and Beth Battle Anderson All acts of entrepreneurship start with the vision of an attractive opportunity. For social entrepreneurs, an “attractive” opportunity is one that has sufficient potential for …

Aligning Capital with Mission

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving the lives of America’s children and families, engaged InSight at Pacific Community Ventures — with research support from The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University — …

Impact Investment Clean Energy and Climate Solutions: 2015 Sector Highlights Report

DURHAM, NC — June 16, 2015. Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) today released the Impact Investment Clean Energy and Climate Solutions 2015 Sector Highlights Report to describe progress on commitments to invest in clean energy …

Opportunities and Challenges for Global Health Impact Investors

A collaboration between CASE, IPIHD, Calvert Foundation, and Investors’ Circle, produced as part of the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke with funding from USAID,  this project set out to understand the landscape of current sources of debt and equity financing …

The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism

By Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism offers precise details on what, exactly, impact investing entails, embodied in the experiences and best and proven practices of some of …

Improving the Communications Strategies of Health-focused Social Entrepreneurial Organisations: Guidance from the Literature

By Lauren Trabold, Paul Bloom and Lauren Block Communicating persuasively about the value of healthier behaviours has become a critical challenge for many health-focused social entrepreneurial organisations that are interested in scaling their impact, Based on the literature in consumer …

Essential Steps to Building a University Impact Investing Programme: the Case of Duke University

By Cathy Clark and Grace Webster The World Economic Forum asked CASE i3 to write an article about the role that universities can play in building the impact investing field to contribute to the WEF report entitled From Ideas to …