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Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Innovation Program at Duke (SEAD)

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Thursday, October 10, 2013
SEAD is a USAID-funded program designed to scale proven healthcare solutions for the developing world, and run by collaborators including the Fuqua School of Business, the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD), Duke School of Medicine and Investors Circle. Through these collaborations, 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 in developing countries around the world.

Innovative organizations are selected once per year for three-year commitment, and the process is highly competitive. This year, SEAD will add only six organizations. You can nominate your organization for consideration by November 1st 


How will SEAD benefit your organization?

The benefits to being part of SEAD are numerous. As a SEAD entrepreneur, over the course of three years, you will receive access to a range of services focused on supporting the scaling of your impact by leveraging the expertise of Duke and its core partners.

This includes access to:
  • Custom advice and guidance in scaling. You will receive a designated faculty "coach” from the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to help diagnose scaling challenges and discover enablers to support the growth of your organization.
  • A network of peers.SEAD creates a platform for entrepreneurs to connect directly: those at a similar stage of growth/evolution addressing similar challenges. Entrepreneurs can exchange best practices at the annual in-person SEAD Summit, peer learning groups, and other tailored interactions.
  • Expert faculty and student support across Duke. Tap into expertise across Duke University and Duke Medicine, from business to nursing and engineering to law to help guide entrepreneurs through new ideas and devise approaches to address challenges in scaling impact.
  • Investment and funding expertise and connections.Investors’ Circle, the oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network, helps SEAD entrepreneurs get ready for equity; SEAD also works to make strategic introductions to key healthcare investors and funders interested in supporting global health innovation.
  • Leaders in key geographies. SEAD entrepreneurs can access change makers in India and East Africa through the support of USAID (SEAD’s funder). USAID missions, health system leaders, and policy makers could potentially help catalyze impact.


The criteria for SEAD entrepreneurs were shaped to ensure SEAD works with entrepreneurs who are ready to scale their impact. Your commitment to growing your organization through SEAD would be approximately 4-8 hours per month, for a period of three years starting January 1, 2014.

Selection Process

The selection process has four steps:

1. Nominate your organization on our short form by November 1st
2. Complete the application (invite only): If your organization meets our criteria, we will invite you to complete an application by November 15th.
3. Provide supplemental information: Applications are evaluated by the Selection Committee; further review may include a call or request for additional information including 3rd party references.
4. Stay in touch, await announcement: All candidates are reviewed; six organizations will be selected on or after January 1, 2014.

>> Click here to learn more about the selection process

Read more about the benefits and criteria for SEAD entrepreneurs using the links below:

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