What is SEAD?
The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) was a five-year accelerator program of Duke University that brought together interdisciplinary partners through a coordinated effort across the university and leveraged institutional relationships and networks to create an integrated global health social entrepreneurship hub. SEAD, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), mobilized 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 has capture lessons learned and policy implications to ensure that our work impacts both entrepreneurs on the ground and the broader development community.
SEAD was 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.