The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) brings together interdisciplinary partners through a coordinated effort across Duke University and leverages institutional relationships, the Global Health Innovation Center, and networks to create an integrated global health social entrepreneurship hub for diverse stakeholders across the globe. SEAD, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), 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 will capture lessons learned and policy implications to ensure that our work impacts both entrepreneurs on the ground and the broader development community.

SEAD is 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, Innovations in Healthcare, 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.

SEAD Resource Library

Highlights Paper

Decoding the ABCs of Effective Enterprise Acceleration: 10 Lessons from the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD)​
Highlights from the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke.


Fundraising for Global Health Social Enterprises: Lessons from the Field
Healthcare Innovation in East Africa: Navigating the Ecosystem
Shared Vision, Different Perspectives: Catalyzing Co-Investment into Early-Stage Impact Enterprises in Kenya
Strengthening Health Systems in Developing Countries Through Private Investment: Lessons from the Global Health Investment Landscaping Project (GHILP)
Research, Evidence, and the Global Innovation Ecosystem. A Performance Evaluation of the Use and Utility of the Higher Education Solutions Network to Solve Development Challenges