Our Mission

“An education leading to a more purposeful life for 100 million women by 2036.”

The adage “Educate a Girl and You Educate a Village” is something which we at Gray Matters Capital believe in. As impact investors, we see education and skill building as a catalyst to socially and economically empower women and girls.

In line with our gender focus of bridging the gender gaps in education and workforce participation, we are also endeavouring to improve the quality of education that is imparted in schools as learning outcomes have a direct bearing on future employability.

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Our History

Gray Matters Capital was founded in Atlanta, GA in 2006. Explore our timeline to know our story and how we continue to move a step closer to our mission

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    Gray Matters Capital was founded in Atlanta, GA by serial entrepreneur and impact investor Bob Patillo

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    Investment strategy trained towards quality education for underserved children in developing countries, with a special focus on India.

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    Incubates Gray Matters India to focus on providing assessment and actionable outcomes to schools and students

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    Incubates Hyderabad-based Indian School Finance Company (ISFC) -India’s first Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) dedicated to financing school infrastructure

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    IDEX Accelerator, a professional fellowship program for aspiring social enterprise practitioners launched in India

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    Spins off Gray Matters India as a separate entity

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    Invests in one of Asia’s leading impact investment banks, Unitus Capital

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    Funds Indian pre-school chain and learning solutions providers Wings Learning Centers and Sudiksha Knowledge Systems

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    Backs English language training and skill building enterprise Speakwell in India

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    Makes investment in Instituto Salus, the first nursing institution in Mexico

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    EdConnective - a US based staff outsourcing platform that provides schools with instructional coaches receives funding from Gray Matters Capital

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    Funds Colombian ed-tech company Aulas Amigas

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    Makes investment in US based Pairin - a social enterprise software company whose mission is to make education relevant and hiring equitable.

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    Investment of $ 1 mn. in Noida based English learning e-learning platform LIQVID English Edge

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    Led Series A funding of $ 1.5 mn. in Bangalore based paediatric healthcare startup AddressHealth

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    Invests in Mexican social enterprise Tenoli providing quality training to mom and pop retail stores

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    Follow on Investment of $ 6 mn. in Indian School Finance Company (ISFC)

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    Launches coLABS, a seed-stage fund that backs startups with a gender lens to pilot innovative and scalable solutions that are tackling critical issues facing women and girls around the world. Announces first round of gender lens investments in Rwanda based African Renewable Energy (ARED), Pakistani digital health and telemedicine company - doctHERS, Washington based civic engagement platform IssueVoter and LikeU, a Colombia based staffing service that connects corporate clients to part-time telecommuters.

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    edLABS initiative launched in India to provide very early stage funding to ‘visionary edu-preneurs’ and business line innovation to established education enterprises to help build breakthrough solutions for Indian mass market that address education gaps, 21st century skills and the future of work.

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    Completes investment in Hipocampus Mexico which provides affordable high-quality care and education to at-risk children

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    Makes investment in the $75 Million Off-Grid Solar Energy & Financial Access Senior Debt Fund I managed by SIMA (Social Investment Managers and Advisors)

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    Invests in Education Catalyst Fund, a US $ 20 mn. onshore 8-year close-ended fund that is India’s first multi-investor fund to focus exclusively on affordable education and jobs & livelihoods opportunities

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    Facilitates launch of Kidovators - India’s first 21st century skill learning platform through edLABS

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    Funds Chennai based Education reform organization Chrysalis to expand its presence in Affordable Private Schools (APS)

Our Investment Approach

As an Impact Investor, our approach towards investments is determined by the following parameters

Our Investment Strategy – Global

We are guided by our belief that education and skilling for the future of jobs are the most powerful means to achieve social and economic empowerment. We therefore repose our faith in enterprises catering to lower income groups in developing markets of the world in the form of investment capital to bring about this change .

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Investments in For Profit Education and Skill Building Enterprises via

Direct Investments

Co-Investments and Funds

edLABS (Only in India)

We invest in the education sector in the form of co-investments and via funds across all geos. In India, we have started the edLABS initiative to fund early stage education enterprises to pilot breakthrough innovations and help in business line innovation.

Through coLABS, we invest in sector agnostic enterprises whose products benefit women and their livelihoods.

The number of women and girls positively impacted is one of the key parameters in assessing our social returns.

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Early Stage Sector-Agnostic investments to help enterprises pilot innovative solutions that make a difference to lives of women via

coLABS

(US,Latin America,Africa and Asia)

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Target Geos

Our Four Pillar Investment Strategy in India

Our Initiatives