The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) is a research and education center at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business that promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise. Founded by the late Prof. J. Gregory Dees, widely recognized as the academic pioneer of the study of social entrepreneurship, CASE prepares current and emerging leaders, and the organizations that support them, to achieve real and lasting social change.
The CASE website includes resources on a wide variety of topics—such as concept and process of social entrepreneurship, economic strategies for social impact, scaling social impact, social venture business models, impact investing, corporate social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial philanthropy—and includes links to other helpful websites. CASE is home to several major initiatives, including the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke and the CASE Impact Investing Initiative (CASE i3).
Finally, CASE provides offers resources, such as courses, service-learning opportunities, speakers and events, career planning support, and financial aid, for Duke MBA students, as well as scholarships for incoming students who intend to pursue careers in the social sector. Student initiative has been a key component to CASE growth and success. Students spearhead new activities, identify and invite guest speakers to campus, provide input on course and program development, engage in the community, interact with prospective students, and help develop networks of Duke MBAs interested in using their business skills for social purposes.