2021 Launch Pad Award

Translating lived experience into innovation to increase housing equity in Ghana In 2008 when Patrick Pierson-Prah’s parents, both school teachers, moved from a smaller town to Takoradi, Ghana’s 3rd largest city, they faced an uncomfortable dilemma: Secure shelter by using the family’s available financial resources to pay the equivalent of two years of lease payments upfront or […]

2020 Launch Pad Award

Using technology to increase financial inclusion and build community in Latin America MiLibreta is the winner of the 2020 Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) Launch Pad prize, which awards $10,000 and mentorship to current MBA students with an idea for a social enterprise. MiLibreta is a mobile accounting system that allows small […]

Updates from CASE Launch Pad Winners

February 2020 If Tim Scales, a 2017 Duke University Fuqua School of Business alum and former CASE Fellow, could give one piece of advice to aspiring social impact leaders, he would tell them that they should start a social enterprise. This is because, while at Fuqua, Scales had the opportunity to start CivicRise, a mobile […]

2019 Launch Pad Award

Resilient Foods: CASE Launch Pad Winner Michelle Egger is Addressing Food Disparities 1 in 8 Americans in 2017 weren’t sure where their next meal would come from and were faced with an impossible choice; how am I going to pay to live and afford to feed my family. In a land rife with opportunity it […]

2019 Launch Pad Award

Fashion for social change: Balné Brazil Many Brazilian fashion artisans live in poverty, making only $0.30 an hour.  This year’s CASE launch pad winners, Ariadne Sabatoski and Antonia Taline de Souza Mendonca, have teamed up to create Balné Brazil to prove that fashion brands do not have to exploit its production chain to be profitable. […]

2017 Launch Pad Award

Fuqua MBA Tim Scales wants you to be more politically engaged with new app Can a smartphone app increase civic engagement? Fuqua MBA and CASE Fellow Tim Scales aims to find out with his startup CivicRise. Since 2012, CASE awards one Fuqua MBA student with a budding social venture the CASE Launch Pad award. The […]

Recapping CASE’s 2015-2016 Academic Year

May 2016, Erin Worsham, CASE Executive Director The end of the academic year is bittersweet.  We say goodbye to our graduating students that just two years ago were simply names on applications but now are like family that have blossomed at Fuqua and are heading off to accomplish great things. It is also a time […]

2015 Launch Pad Award

From idea to launch: How Fuqua MBAs began MedServe & 4 lessons they learned in launching a social venture Each year, CASE awards one Fuqua MBA student with a budding social venture the CASE Launch Pad award. This $10,000 grant also comes with one-on-one coaching from CASE Senior Fellow and author Dan Heath, known for […]

Seeding Social Entrepreneurs: AgImpact Fund Readies for Investment

This post was written in July 2013 by Jack Beuttell, a joint MBA/MEM student who will graduate from Duke in 2014, and David Nicola, who recently graduated with his MBA from Fuqua.  Jack and David were the inaugural winners of the CASE Seed Prize, which allowed them to pursue their social venture, AgImpact Fund, during the […]