The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) is a development lab designed to help social entrepreneurs with proven innovations in global healthcare delivery and preventive services to access resources and increase their effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of impact in developing countries around the world. Funded by the Higher Education Solutions Network of the U.S. Agency for International Development, SEAD is a collaborative effort across Duke University and with a broader network of partners to create an integrated global health social entrepreneurship hub for diverse stakeholders across the globe.

SEAD mobilizes a community of practitioners, investors, policymakers, faculty, staff, and students to identify, assess, help develop, build capacity of, and scale solutions, technologies, and business models for healthcare delivery and preventive services in developing countries around the world. Through this program, SEAD also captures lessons learned and policy implications to ensure that our work impacts both entrepreneurs on the ground and the broader development community.

On campus, SEAD provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved, hosts a number of events, and serves as a virtual hub for faculty and students interested in global health, international development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.

SEAD is a joint initiative between the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) at the School of Medicine, and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), in collaboration with the Developing World Healthcare Technology (DHT-Lab) at Pratt School of Engineering and Durham-based Investors’ Circle, the world’s oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network.

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