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PARTNERING with global leaders to tackle urgent problems through the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator.

Recognized as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus, Duke is committed to making social innovation and change-making a new norm in higher education. Building on foundational efforts by Duke faculty like the late Greg Dees, who blazed the trail for social entrepreneurship education, Duke offers a robust set of courses, conversations/convenings, and programs that inspire, prepare, and support entrepreneurial action that can change the world.

At the heart of all I&E’s work is the goal of helping our community solve the world’s most pressing problems using innovation. Expanding our global social innovation footprint, this year we launched the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, a groundbreaking partnership between Duke and UNICEF that works to increase the effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of promising solutions to critical challenges facing the world’s children. This program helps social entrepreneurs acquire the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to improve the lives of children around the world.

Teams accepted into the Accelerator receive funding, mentorship, and other capacity building support from Duke University staff, faculty, students, and global networks, benefiting from Duke’s proven success supporting social entrepreneurs on the front lines of social change. The inaugural cohort of the Accelerator is comprised of innovators working in the menstrual health and hygiene space in Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi.


Grace Françoise Nibizi, Executive Director

Grace Françoise Nibizi

Femme International

Florence Akara, Regional Director and
Jen Rubli, Research and M&E Coordinator

Femme International

Kasole Secrets

Hyasintha Bartholomew Ntuyeko, Founder & CEO

Hyasintha Bartholomew Ntuyeko


Hodaka Kosugi, Julie Aubriot, and Agnes Makanyi,
Robert Kimathi and Hannah Muna, LVCT Health

Oky Team

Lily Health USA INC

MacGregor Lennarz, Co-Founder

MacGregor Lennarz

Tai Tanzania

Ian Tarimo, Executive Director

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