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New SEAD program scales innovation in global health

March 4, 2013

Multidisciplinary program works through active accelerator model

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Funded by USAID, the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) is a new multidisciplinary program aimed at identifying, scaling, and studying innovations through an active accelerator model and is driven by the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (housed in the School of Medicine), the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at the Fuqua School of Business, and the Duke Global Health Institute as well as various other schools across Duke University. Through a coordinated and collaborative approach, SEAD cultivates a pipeline of global health innovations.

SEAD creates an “ecosystem approach” to scaling impact of promising innovations in healthcare delivery and prevention by selecting new solutions to global health issues, creating an investment system to help entrepreneurs support their enterprises, and disseminating knowledge and evidence about these enterprises globally, especially to countries with developing economies. The program will build on Duke’s existing strengths and will engage students and faculty across the institution to foster and support high-impact global health innovations. The program creates value for multiple stakeholders, including healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs, the funding community, USAID and developing countries, students and faculty, and policy and decision makers.

The USAID funding program, the Higher Education Solutions Network, is a new initiative of the Office of Science and Technology. Injecting $130M into 7 programs over 5 years, the network will allow USAID to improve its understanding of development problems and solutions through better data and analytics; test, evaluate, and catalyze technologies for development; design, create, and incubate revolutionary approaches in addressing development problems including the incubation of new low-cost technologies and innovations; and promote entrepreneurship to sustain and scale these tools and approaches; and harness the enthusiasm and interest of students for development. Duke will be collaborating with the development centers at UC-Berkeley, College of William and Mary, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Markerere University, and MIT.

For more information on SEAD, please visit or contact Richard Bartlett, Center Associate Director at

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