The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) is a USAID-funded accelerator program to build the capacity of innovative global health enterprises to increase their effectiveness, sustainability and scale of impact. SEAD brings together interdisciplinary partners including the Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Innovations in Healthcare, the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, Duke Global Health Institute, Investors’ Circle, and others.
Read more to see what benefits SEAD can bring to you and our selection criteria.
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Benefits to SEAD Entrepreneurs
SEAD works closely with a select group of enterprises that seek to scale their impact through a rigorous global health accelerator program with a focus on data and evaluation (for enterprises operating in India or East Africa). Selections for SEAD occur once per year. Through SEAD, enterprises:
Through SEAD, innovators:
Enterprises that join SEAD participate in a three-year program and receive tailored capacity building support to address their priority scaling challenges. Selections are made annually through a competitive process and based on the following criteria.
How has SEAD benefited other entrepreneurs?
Though not all entrepreneurs are guaranteed to gain the same benefits from SEAD, being part of SEAD can increase the likelihood of exposure to opportunities such as the example from the first cohort of entrepreneurs below.
Changamka is a SEAD entrepreneur in Kenya that provides a low-cost health insurance product in partnership with Safaricom. Through its involvement with SEAD, Changamka received:
Bi-monthly coaching calls with a leading impact investing practitioner
Going forward, Changamka will work with the SEAD program to support strategic growth questions as it looks to sign up one million families as subscribers for its health insurance program this year.