CASE i3 Consulting Program


What is the CASE i3 Consulting Practicum?

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The CASE i3 Consulting Practicum (CASE i3CP) offers your organization the opportunity to engage with a team of 4-6 carefully selected MBA students on an impact investing question you are currently addressing.


Our CASE i3CP students:

– Research a question or challenge your organization currently faces

– Analyze and evaluate options

– Develop actionable recommendations

Each project selected for CASE i3CP receives an average of 400 person-hours from our MBA students.  Your organization will benefit from the passion, fresh perspective, and technical expertise our students bring to the CASE i3CP.  Our students benefit from the opportunity to apply their academic learning to an of-the-moment issue in the impact investing space.

During each academic year, 4-6 research projects and consulting assignments are selected from our client applicants.  These organizations are matched with a team of CASE i3 Fellows and Associates and our MBA students engage with clients remotely from Duke University, in Durham, NC.  Each team is directly supervised by Cathy Clark, an experienced Duke faculty member and Director of CASE i3.

What can CASE i3 students bring to our organization’s project?

Our CASE i3 Fellows and Associates are highly skilled first and second year MBA students at Fuqua selected by CASE i3 through a competitive application process. These students have a passion for impact investing and come to Fuqua with years of experience in related fields.  Fellows serve as team leads for all consulting projects, and work with clients to define specific project questions, gather data, formulate and evaluate options, and make actionable recommendations to their clients. All teams are advised by Cathy Clark, a highly experienced Duke faculty member, to whom initial, mid-term, and final reports are submitted.  Fellows and Associates receive academic credit in recognition of the critical educational aspect of their efforts.

What kinds of projects have CASE i3CP teams added value on in the past?

  • A global business intermediary exploring barriers for university endowments to get involved in impact investing
  • An education nonprofit in Mexico exploring the development of a social impact bond
  • An incubator in Ghana exploring ways to increase deal flow and pipeline in certain sectors
  • A fund in Washington DC wanting to landscape impact debt products in six countries
  • An enterprise operating in African and Asian countries analyzing exit options for impact investors
  • A forestry enterprise in Peru developing a targeted capital raising strategy and expanded business model
  • A food business in North Carolina looking to attract investment capital for expansion
  • An angel network in the United States developing impact due diligence guidelines for its investors
  • An advisory firm landscaping the family office space

What do past clients say about CASE i3CP Fellows and Associates?

On getting ready for investment:

Our CASE i3CP team provided an excellent market analysis and ideas for operation improvement that we will be implementing.  We found the team very responsive to our needs, while also challenging us to think about alternative income generating activities we had not previously considered.

-Chris Meyer, Planting Empowerment

On investment landscaping:

The CASE i3CP team assisted us with an investment landscaping exercise for a potential diaspora initiative.  They provided a detailed overview of the investment opportunities in several locations, with relevant context and suggestions for follow-up.  The team was professional and a pleasure to work with.

-Leigh Moran, Calvert Foundation

On market analysis:

The CASE i3 team provided us with solid results to help guide our organization going forward. They were easy to work with and well organized, which made our time commitment lower than expected.

-Alden Zecha, Sproxil

Why Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business?

The CASE i3CP capitalizes on Fuqua’s rich history of student-led client consulting projects. The Fuqua School of Business has connected more than 400 companies and organizations to MBA advisory teams over the past twenty-five years through the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum. Fuqua students have advised a wide variety of clients, ranging from locally-based business and nonprofits, to large global corporations and social entrepreneurs operating in developing markets.

What is the timeline for CASE i3CP projects?

Applications are accepted over the summer for engagements from fall through spring.  Appropriate projects can be designed to fit within the example time frame detailed below.i3CP 2015-2016 timeline


Ready to apply for a CASE i3 team to work on your project?

Our CASE i3 Fellows select projects to lead in September each year. The best applications will be very clear about scope of work, action steps, relevant expertise, and how the project is appropriate for students working virtually from Durham, NC.Click to be notified

Applications for CASE i3 client projects in 2015/2016 were accepted through September 3, 2015 and are now closed until next summer.

If you have any questions about CASE i3CP or the application process, or to be added to our mailing list for the next call for clients, email Carrie Gonnella at