Voice4Girls enables marginalized adolescent girls in India to take charge...
Voice4Girls enables marginalized adolescent girls in India to take charge of their futures by imparting critical knowledge, spoken English, and life skills through activity-based camps. Critical knowledge includes basic health, safety, rights, self-awareness and future planning while life skills include imparting interpersonal and leadership skills besides developing problem solving and critical thinking ability.
Voice4Girls’ vision is to make all girls take charge of their futures, so that they work towards breaking harmful cycles of economic, social and gender inequality in their communities. This was in alignment of Gray Matters Capital’s mission of providing a meaningful life to 100 million women and girls through education and 21st century skills.
Omerga Schools is a social enterprise in Ghana on a...
Omerga Schools is a social enterprise in Ghana on a mission to deliver quality education at the lowest cost on a grand scale. The model has proven to be extremely attractive to parents, enabling its schools to be full within 10 days of opening. Currently the chain has 38 schools educating over 20,000 students.
With its innovative Pay-As-You-Learn™ model, Omega Schools’ chain of low cost private schools with specialized curriculum, assessment, technology and management modules hold the potential of benefiting the poor and empowering aspirations of low income families and their communities. The funding from Gray Matters Capital will be used for doubling its school count in a year.
Moreover, with 51% of the enrolled students being girls and with 62% of mothers of the children enrolled not being formally educated, Omega Schools was perfectly aligned with Gray Matters Capital’s gender lens investment strategy.
Hipocampus Learning Centres (HLC), as a network provides affordable high-quality...
Hipocampus Learning Centres (HLC), as a network provides affordable high-quality care and education to at-risk children who are 1 to 6 years of age. The objective of Hipocampus is to increase access to quality education while empowering local women through recruitment, training and deployment as ‘edupreneurs’ in the centers. Hipocampus Mexico is a partnership between Connovo, a Mexican ‘social business builder’, and Hippocampus Learning Centers (HLC), a successful affordable private schools chain based in India.
Hippocampus Mexico started operations in 2016 and currently operates one centre in Guanajuato.
In Mexico, there are 11 million of children under the age of 5 of which 56% live in poverty. Current childcare services are insufficient and pre-schools not being able to adapt to the current reality of the communities. 80% of these children remain under the exclusive care of their mothers, who end up earning less than 6 times the minimum wages which leaves them with no access to social security.
Gray Matters Capital saw the potential of Hipocampus in changing this gender paradigm in Mexico through education. The funding will be used to help Hipocampus open 50 centres by 2020. By leveraging the experience of Hippocampus in India as well as partnerships with corporations, foundations and key local stakeholders, Hipocampus Mexico has been able to reduce costs associated with establishment and running of learning centers accelerating their self-sustainability. This innovative collaboration has the potential to demonstrate that providing quality care and education is possible and can be scaled in the world’s largest markets.
WINGS is an academic solution provider supporting affordable private schools...
WINGS is an academic solution provider supporting affordable private schools and entrepreneurs in delivering innovative and well researched curriculum, continuous assessments and training for teachers in pre-schools.
With parents forming an integral part of the pre-school academic programs and special emphasis laid on parent engagement, WINGS has demonstrated experience of facilitating holistic development of children.
Early childhood interventions delivered through high quality pre-schooling have a greater impact on the foundational skills of children. Low income parents value pre-schooling and are heavily investing in it.
Gray Matters Capital sees its investment in WINGS as an opportunity to influence and improve the quality of pre-primary education and the learning outcomes of children and tap into a market with sufficient demand from parents who are willing to invest in pre-primary education.
V-shesh Learning Services Pvt Ltd trains and connects Persons with...
V-shesh Learning Services Pvt Ltd trains and connects Persons with Disabilities (“PwD”) and low-income rural job seekers in India to careers in sectors such as technology, retail, banking, hospitality etc. It provides end-to-end services to PwD from training & counseling, connecting them with recruiters to pre and post joining support. Apart from this, V-shesh provides consulting services to help companies become more accessible to PwD and also conducts sensitization workshops. Another pilot that it has started is with MFIs to give loans to PwD.
Gray Matters Capital saw a high social impact opportunity in backing V-Shesh through First Light Ventures. Even though disabled people constitute a significant 5 to 6 percentage of the population of India, their needs for meaningful employment remain unmet. Of the approximately 70 million people with disabilities in India, only about 0.1 million have succeeded in getting employment in the industries till now – something which V-Shesh is trying to correct.
Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions helps women edupreneurs adopt a self-sustainable model...
Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions helps women edupreneurs adopt a self-sustainable model to set up pre-school franchises. It also conducts training sessions for preschool teachers and helps in curriculum planning.
With not many in rural India being accustomed to any form of preschool education, most children are not school ready when they join Class 1. Sudiksha aims to set this right by getting children accustomed to the joy of learning before they join regular schools.
Sudiksha impacts the critical Early Child Education (ECE) segment in the education space in India, especially for the low income segment, works with women and creates livelihoods core areas that Gray Matters Capital aims to impact.
Kickboard, Inc. develops SaaS solutions for teachers and administrators. The...
Kickboard, Inc. develops SaaS solutions for teachers and administrators. The product, Kickboard for Teachers, measures student’s academic and behavioral performance. It ensures that teachers and administrators have the data that they need to create better learning and behavior outcomes for their students
With learning outcomes in Indian schools not matching the requisite quality standards, the onus is on schools in general and teachers in particular to engage with students better. Kickboard’s behavioural intervention tools engender a positive school culture which directly impacts student achievement. Gray Matters Capital has invested in Kickboard through First Light Ventures.
Gray Matters India (GMI) is a Hyderabad-based social enterprise focused...
Gray Matters India (GMI) is a Hyderabad-based social enterprise focused on providing assessment and actionanable outcomes to schools and students. It carries out comprehensive school assessments including assessment of student learning outcome, teaching quality, parent satisfaction, school leadership and learning infrastructure.
GMI has worked with over 2,000 schools, both private and government, assessing more than 450,000 students and 15,000 teachers across 15 states.
The company was incubated at Gray Matters Capital in 2009 to increase the role of assessments and analytics in K12 education and help improve educational quality by making data actionable to schools. It was spun-off as a separate entity in early 2013.
Chrysalis is a Chennai based educational reform organization that is...
Chrysalis is a Chennai based educational reform organization that is committed to bring a change in the India’s education system. It’s flagship product – ThinkRoom is a student-centric academic programme developed in-house after 16 years of intense pedagogic research. It aims to help every school student to discover his or her potential while developing academic excellence and replaces programmes and textbooks whose focus is limited to academic outcomes.
Since its inception in 2001, Chrysalis has changed the way more than 250,000 students in over 500 schools across 11 states in India learn.
One of the most innovative, mission driven and student centric educational enterprises in India with the potential of bringing about a tangible change in the way education is imparted in schools and thereby addressing the critical need to improve quality of education. In addition it is a woman led education enterprise, was a strategic fit for gender lens investing.
AnthroPower, based out of Delhi, has developed a digital approach...
AnthroPower, based out of Delhi, has developed a digital approach to provide on-demand technical training at scale to training institutes, renewable energy companies and Individuals with a focus on the Solar sector. The company’s mission is to develop a trusted, quality assured technical skill pool that is a seen as best in class for finding field level talent for Solar Energy Companies.
With India setting herself a target of achieving 100 GW of solar power generation capacity by 2022, there is a need for skilled technicians to set up such installations. Gray Matters Capital saw AnthrPower being well placed with its e-learning products and services on safety and quality helping EPC companies train a distributed workforce faster and cheaper to meet this need.
VILLAGE CAPITAL finds, trains and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world...
VILLAGE CAPITAL finds, trains and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems in agriculture, education, energy, financial services, healthcare among others. It builds communities around entrepreneurs and their ventures to improve opportunities for growth and success.
Given its conjunction of core geographies with education being one of the focal areas, Gray Matters Capital invested in Village Capital with an objective to scale its social impact. Based on the concept of the “village bank” in microfinance, Village Capital builds cohorts of entrepreneurs for education programs with partners worldwide. At the end of each program, entrepreneurs assess one another, and the top-ranked receive capital from partner investors. This peer-selected model delivers better results for entrepreneurs and to investors like Gray Matters Capital.