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CASE i3 at Duke The mission of CASE i3 (The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Initiative on Impact Investing) is to establish a rich set of resources and activities for MBA students, entrepreneurs, investors, funders, academics and policymakers to explore and support the field of Impact Investing over its critical period of development over the next 5-10 years. CASE i3 is part of CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship), the award-winning research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, which promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.

OVERVIEW

Description

CASE i3’s mission is to establish a rich set of resources and activities for MBA students, entrepreneurs, investors, funders, academics and policymakers to explore and support the field of Impact Investing over its critical period of development over the next 5-10 years.

CASE i3 is part of CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship), the award-winning research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, which promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.

Impact investing is the act of investing money with the deliberate intention of achieving both financial value (return on capital) and social value (positive impact on social and environmental problems). Impact investing is a new term but the practice has been around for decades. The strategy encompasses a broad range of activity from microfinance and community development finance, to investments in renewable energy, global health, education and international development.

CASE i3 was the first comprehensive global program at a top global business school to blend academic rigor with practical knowledge in the emerging field of Impact Investing. Our three strategies are to engage MBA students, support practitioners, and develop a research community for the field.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

Program Details

The CASE i3 Consulting Program (CASE i3CP) offers your organization the opportunity to engage with a team of carefully selected MBA students on an impact investing question you are currently addressing.

Your organization will benefit from the passion, fresh perspective, and technical expertise our students bring to the i3CP. Our students benefit from the opportunity to apply their academic learning to an of-the-moment issue in the impact investing space.

During each academic year, 4-6 research projects and consulting assignments are selected from our client applicants. These organizations are matched with a team of CASE i3 Fellows and Associates, who engage with practitioners through research projects and consulting assignments for impact investing funds and networks, remotely from Duke University, in Durham, NC.

Our CASE i3 Fellows and Associates are highly skilled first and second year MBA students at Fuqua selected by CASE i3 through a competitive application process. These students have a passion for impact investing and come to Fuqua with years of experience in related fields. Fellows serve as team leads for all consulting projects, and work with clients to define specific project questions, gather data, formulate and evaluate options, and make actionable recommendations to their clients. All teams are advised by highly experienced Duke faculty members to whom initial, mid-term, and final reports are submitted. Fellows and Associates receive academic credit in recognition of the critical educational aspect of their efforts.

Why Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business?

The CASE i3CP capitalizes on a rich history of student-led client consulting projects at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Fuqua has connected more than 400 companies and organizations to MBA advisory teams over the past twenty-five years through the Client Consulting Practicum. Fuqua students have advised a wide variety of clients, ranging from locally-based business and nonprofits, to large global corporations and social entrepreneurs operating in developing markets.

For more Information

sites.duke.edu/casei3/case-i3-basics/case-i3-consulting-program/

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Arts, Culture, Handicrafts
  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Communications / Media / ICT
  • Disabilities
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Distribution / Supply Chain
  • Education
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Development, SME
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing, Shelter, Homelessness
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Other
  • Peace and Security
  • Sanitation, Waste Management
  • Tech
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services
  • Water
  • Web, SaaS, Online Tech
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Antarctica
  • Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Global
  • India
  • Latin America
  • Middle East / North Africa
  • Oceania
  • Southeast Asia
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • US, Canada

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid
  • Other

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CATHERINE (CATHY) CLARK

Prof @CASEatDuke; Director, #CASEi3 Initiative on Impact Investing, Social Entr. Accelerator at Duke (@DukeSEAD); co-author #impinvbook http://theimpinv.com

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