Welcome to the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing. CASE i3’s mission is to establish a rich set of resources and activities for MBA students, entrepreneurs, investors, funders, academics and policymakers to explore and support the field of Impact Investing over its critical period of development over the next 5-10 years.
CASE i3 is part of CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship), the award-winning research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, which promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.
What is Impact Investing and How Does it Work?
Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investing is a new term but the practice has been around for decades. The strategy encompasses a broad range of activity from microfinance and community development finance, to investments in renewable energy, global health, education and international development. Read more about impact investing here, use our CASE i3 100 page as a jumping off point, or watch this 1 minute video from the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, “Turn Your Money Into Real Change:”
Was CASE i3 the first MBA program to focus on impact investing?
Yes. CASE i3 was the first comprehensive global program at a top global business school to blend academic rigor with practical knowledge in the emerging field of Impact Investing. Our three strategies are to engage MBA students, support practitioners, and develop a research community for the field. Read our lessons from the first 3 years. View our blog or recent videos. Follow us on Twitter for daily updates on the impact investing field. Or just view CASE i3 by the numbers.
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