“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.
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
Facilitates launch of Kidovators - India’s first 21st century skill learning platform through edLABS
Funds Chennai based Education reform organization Chrysalis to expand its presence in Affordable Private Schools (APS)
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.
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.
Completes investment in Hipocampus Mexico which provides affordable high-quality care and education to at-risk children
Makes investment in the $75 Million Off-Grid Solar Energy & Financial Access Senior Debt Fund I managed by SIMA (Social Investment Managers and Advisors)
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
Funds Colombian ed-tech company Aulas Amigas
Makes investment in US based Pairin - a social enterprise software company whose mission is to make education relevant and hiring equitable.
Investment of $ 1 mn. in Noida based English learning e-learning platform LIQVID English Edge
Led Series A funding of $ 1.5 mn. in Bangalore based paediatric healthcare startup AddressHealth
Invests in Mexican social enterprise Tenoli providing quality training to mom and pop retail stores
Follow on Investment of $ 6 mn. in Indian School Finance Company (ISFC)
Backs English language training and skill building enterprise Speakwell in India
Makes investment in Instituto Salus, the first nursing institution in Mexico
EdConnective - a US based staff outsourcing platform that provides schools with instructional coaches receives funding from Gray Matters Capital
Funds Indian pre-school chain and learning solutions providers Wings Learning Centers and Sudiksha Knowledge Systems
Spins off Gray Matters India as a separate entity
Invests in one of Asia’s leading impact investment banks, Unitus Capital
IDEX Accelerator, a professional fellowship program for aspiring social enterprise practitioners launched in India
Incubates Gray Matters India to focus on providing assessment and actionable outcomes to schools and students
Incubates Hyderabad-based Indian School Finance Company (ISFC) -India’s first Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) dedicated to financing school infrastructure
Investment strategy trained towards quality education for underserved children in developing countries, with a special focus on India.
Gray Matters Capital was founded in Atlanta, GA by serial entrepreneur and impact investor Bob Patillo
As an Impact Investor, our approach towards investments is determined by the following parameters
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 .
Investments via Funds and Co-Investments in companies with other Investors
Expanding capital availability to education enterprises besides risk sharing and providing education domain expertise
Supporting For-Profit Education enterprises building break through solutions for Indian mass market with funding and business line innovation
Innovative funding with neither debt obligation nor equity dilution. The pay back - a percentage of the topline.
Creating 'Access to Market' opportunities for our education portfolio companies
Collaboration with stakeholders of India's Budget Private Schools (BPS) with an objective to improve School Quality
A 6 month Zero Equity Blended Accelerator Program focused on improving USER ENGAGEMENT on mobile based edtech platforms
Cohort to reach 100 million users by 2020 of which 50% to be women