2023 Launch Pad Award

Translating lived experience into innovation to support female domestic workers in India Arya Diwase is the winner of the 2023 Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) Launch Pad prize, which awards $10,0000 and mentorship to a current Fuqua MBA students with an impact enterprise idea. Arya will use Launch Pad funds to travel to […]

Class of 2024 Fuqua Impact Scholars in Social Impact

The social problems that we face as a global community are urgent and we need leaders with the skills, courage, and support to drive for a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.  This is why CASE was thrilled to partner with Fuqua’s Office of Admissions in 2021 to launch the Fuqua Impact Scholarship– a merit-based […]

2022 Launch Pad Award

Translating lived experience into innovation to increase access for food allergy consumers Eighty nine million Americans avoid buying at least one of the top-9 allergen food products. Of these 89 million, 25 million have a severe or moderate allergy, 7 million have a mild allergy, 32 million have food intolerances. Twenty-five million are indirect avoiders […]

Fuqua students manage a portfolio with an ESG and sustainable finance strategy

October 2021 If we have one job at CASE, it’s to prepare our students to be leaders on a changing planet – one with significant social and environmental challenges. And through our CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing, we have been exploring emerging opportunities for addressing these challenges through finance for over 10 years.  Two […]

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 […]

Advice from MBA Summer Interns Working in Impact

September 2020 CASE supports the Fuqua Summer Internship Fund (SIF), which enables students to learn about the rewards and challenges of social sector management without making a significant financial sacrifice, while simultaneously enabling organizations who otherwise could not afford MBA interns to benefit from their experience. This year, we asked some of the SIF interns […]

Unlearning as a Part of MBA Education – Challenging Internalized White Supremacy Culture in Business and Social Impact

July 2020. This post was written by Elizabeth Towell, CASE Fellow and Duke MBA Class of 2021 In the last few months, increasing media attention on police brutality and systemic racism has prompted a long overdue wake-up call for many leaders. We are collectively acknowledging racism baked into institutions, policies, and company cultures, creating an […]

Bridging Structural Inequities to Build Business & Community Resilience

May 2020 There are many things that routinely worry Courtney Smith and Erika Smith-Punches about owning Piri, an Afro-southern fusion family-run catering business in Durham, North Carolina. They worry about having enough customers. They worry about pricing their food affordably, while also being able to pay all of their staff a living wage. They worry […]

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 […]