Scaling Sustainable Impact through University-Based Social Innovation Accelerators

In this session, we will reflect on Duke University’s experience designing and leading interdisciplinary learning “accelerators” to identify, assess, and support social enterprises with promising innovations in a variety of fields.  Through partnerships with institutions such as UNICEF, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Economic Forum, Duke has helped participating social enterprises, predominantly operating in low- and middle-income countries, achieve greater sustainability, effectiveness, and scale of impact.  At the same time, these programs have increased the engagement of students and faculty in meaningful opportunities for experimentation, innovation, learning, civic engagement, and knowledge development in fields of sustainable development.



Krishna Udayakumar (he/him), Director, Duke Global Health Innovation Center, Duke University

Matthew T.A. Nash (he/him), Adjunct Professor of the Practice & Managing Director, Social Innovation, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Taylor Conger (she/her), Program Manager, Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative