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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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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Mission Driven Investments (MDI)

By Ben Thornley, Brenna McCallick and Daniel Brett In May 2007, the $8 billion W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan, launched a Mission Driven Investments (MDI) initiative that, with a commitment to investing directly in for-profit companies, …

RSF Social Finance’s Social Enterprise Lending Program

By Cathy Clark and Jorge Soriano RSF Social Finance (RSF) is an innovative public benefit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services to individuals and enterprises committed to …

Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing

By Cathy Clark, Ben Thornley and Jed Emerson This ebook puts a lens on the underlying practices that bridge impact investing and risk mitigation finance, and outlines the transformations taking place in finance itself, driven by more cross-sector, transparent relationships …

Fundraising for Global Health Social Enterprises: Lessons from the Field

By Lila Cruikshank, Cathy Clark and Richard Bartlett This report identifies common challenges and emerging best practices for fundraising in the global health field, drawing on interviews with investors and global health social enterprises (GHSEs). The mistakes and recommendations identified …

Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF): Sichuan SME Investment Fund (SSIF)

By Daniel Brett SEAF is an investment management group that provides growth capital and business assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and transition markets underserved by traditional sources of capital. Through our network of offices around the …

Business Partners Limited

By Jed Emerson and Brenna McCallick Business Partners Limited is a specialist risk finance company for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, and selected African countries. The company actively supports entrepreneurial growth by providing financing, specialist sectoral …

Aavishkaar India Microventure Capital Fund (AIMVCF)

By Daniel Brett Aavishkaar is a pioneer in early stage investing in the country and has been active in the space for over a decade. We are guided by the fundamental belief that investing in early stage entrepreneurial ventures can …

Impact Investing 2.0: The Way Forward – Insight from 12 Outstanding Funds

By Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley This report, released on November 7, 2013, was created in partnership with InSight at Pacific Community Ventures and Impact Assets, and identifies twelve high-performing funds that have seen both financial and social …

Accelerating Impact Enterprises: How to Lock, Stock and Anchor Impact Enterprises for Maximum Impact (Report)

By Cathy Clark, Matthew H. Allen, Bonny Moellenbrock and Chinwe Onyeagoro As a potential extension of its pioneering work on impact investing, the Rockefeller Foundation commissioned us to be part of a global research consortium aiming to understand the needs …

From Money to Meaning and Three Themes in Between

By Erin Worsham At the Social Capital Markets conference, SOCAP13, nearly 2000 social entrepreneurs, investors, foundations, corporate and government representatives gathered to discuss the latest trends in impact investing and how to “build this market at the intersection of money …