Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2010 (Revised April 2013)

Bridge International Academies: A School in a Box

by V. Kasturi Rangan and Katharine Lee


Bridge International was founded in 2007 as a for-profit social enterprise to address the educational needs of poor children in Africa. Ten schools were operational in Kenya by 2010. The plan was to franchise nearly 3,000 schools all over Africa. The case is meant to discuss the challenges of scaling.

Keywords: Business Model; Education; Growth and Development; Franchise Ownership; Strategic Planning; Problems and Challenges; Social Enterprise; Segmentation; Education Industry; Africa; Kenya;


Rangan, V. Kasturi, and Katharine Lee. "Bridge International Academies: A School in a Box." Harvard Business School Case 511-064, October 2010. (Revised April 2013.)