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 case@fuqua.duke.edu 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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Accelerating Impact Enterprises (Presentation)

By Cathy Clark, Matthew Allen, Bonny Moellenbrock and Chinwe Onyeagoro Goal: understand better the evolution, potential and needs of domestic IEs and to identify philanthropic, private and public investment opportunities to increase the likelihood of success among IEs and the …

MicroVest Capital Management: Microvest LLP

By Daniel Brett, Christopher Cox and Ben Thornley MicroVest Capital Management, LLC is a private, for-profit investment adviser dedicated to reducing global poverty by applying a commercial framework to investing. We seek sustainable solutions to poverty by facilitating the flow …

Huntington Capital Fund II, L.P.

By Brenna McCallick and Ben Thornley Huntington Capital seeks to be the best-of-class mezzanine fund serving the lower middle market in California and the southwestern United States. This is measured first by return to investors and second by contributions by …

Elevar Equity: Unitus Equity Fund and Elevar Equity Fund II

By Cathy Clark and Ben Thornley Elevar Equity is a thesis based investor focused on generating outstanding investment returns by delivering essential services to disconnected communities underserved by global networks. We back entrepreneurs who deliver innovative market-based solutions that provide …

Deutsche Bank Commercial Microfinance Consortium 1

By Ben Thornley and Daniel Brett About Deutsche Bank and the Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium: The Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium was a $80.6 million fund that served as a platform to combine high risk catalytic development agency resources with the …

Toniic E-Guide: Early-Stage Global Impact Investing

By Cathy Clark, Lisa Kleissner, Simon Morgan, Stephanie Rupp and Bonny Moellenbrock The goal of this e- guide is to help those with an interest in investing in early-stage impact enterprises learn how this work is being done by their …

Environmental Impact Bonds

By David Nicola and Cathy Clark This paper serves as the environmental response to a McKinsey & Company paper on Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) issued in May 2012. SIBs are the “hot topic” in the world of impact investing, yet …

Teaching Social Entrepreneurship: An Interview With Greg Dees

By Erin Worsham Greg Dees is often referred to as the “Father of Social Entrepreneurship Education.” Over the past 20 years, he has taught social entrepreneurship courses in some of the United States’ top business schools, including Harvard, Stanford, and …

Introduction to the Special Section on Social Entrepreneurship

By Paul N. Bloom Social entrepreneurs are leaders of ventures that employ innovative approaches to address social problems. Their innovations can emerge in the ways the products or services of the venture function; the ways they are distributed and delivered; …

How to Take a Social Venture to Scale

By Paul N. Bloom For a social entrepreneur with an innovative solution, the holy grail is scaling it—that is, taking it to a level where the new approach operates efficiently and effectively to achieve significant mitigation of a social problem. …