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A Stand Against Systemic Inequality | #BlackLivesMatter

We, at Gray Matters Capital, are grief-stricken by the racial tragedies and ongoing human rights injustices taking place across America. We send deepest condolences to the families and communities who have lost—and continue to lose—their loved ones to such unconscionable brutality. We also stand alongside our employees, partners, grantees and investees that are impacted by […]

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Sanitation Guidelines for Schools Re-Opening in a post COVID-19 World

Through our ‘Technologies for School Resilience’ blog series, we have so far acquainted school owners, principals and teachers with free-to-use technological tools and quality digital education resources that they can access (using the internet as well as through offline means) to help facilitate education continuity for their students. With schools being shut on account of […]

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Are Nigeria’s Low Cost Private Schools ready for Remote Schooling? Check out our Survey Insights

With schools being unable to resume as scheduled owing to the extension of COVID-19 lockdown, we at Gray Matters Capital carried out a ‘Remote Schooling Readiness’ survey among school customers of our portfolio company in Lagos, Nigeria – EdFin Microfinance Bank – the only financial institution dedicated to funding the education ecosystem in the country. […]

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Steps for Resilience during COVID-19

Dear Entrepreneurs, Friends & Family of Gray Matters Capital, Communities and companies (including start-ups like yours) around the globe are facing new challenges with the COVID-19 outbreak. As we brace ourselves to navigate this uncharted territory and ensure the health and safety of our families, employees and communities, we also want to remain mindful of […]

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Supporting Social Enterprises in Ghana by partnering with Ghana Innovation Hub

To develop innovative businesses in any country, it is imperative that start-ups get access to quality support services and access to finance within the ecosystem to be able to journey from ‘incipience to scale to impact’. Be it a physical working space that facilitates a conducive environment for learning and ideas to be nurtured, offering […]

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#GivingTuesday: A Day when Gray Matters Capital Celebrated Generosity to Sow the Seeds of Impact

Generosity is contagious. Haven’t we all experienced a sense of satisfaction after performing an act of helping others and seeing others happy? Be it helping a blind person cross the road or unencumbering an old lady off her burden of carrying her bag? Visiting orphanages, old age homes or even kennels and making a difference […]

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Stressful times only ‘Forge’ your Strengths | WOW! Sakhi Series

Being raised in a society, where the girl child is often looked down upon, Jasmina Biswas never really felt the difference between a boy and girl until she entered into a co-ed school. As a child, her parents never made her, or her elder sister ever feel that they were any less or do not […]

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TRAGEDY TO INDEPENDENCE | WOW! Sakhi Series

Yogita had lost her husband at the age of 30 and thereafter returned to her maternal family. At the time, it was very hard for her to comprehend the situation and the road ahead was unclear. She decided to pull herself together to support her father who was the sole earner in the family of […]

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STEPPING BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES | WOW! Sakhi Series

PRIYAMVADSA’S STORY OF CHARTING AN UNKNOWN PATH “I had completed my graduation in Commerce and wanted to be a lecturer. But soon after, I was married into a joint family, where women weren’t supposed to work or have dreams of their own. For 12 years, I was caged with household work; tending to my ailing […]

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India’s biggest “Make in India” initiative should be the skilling of the youth

In her recent book “Dreamers”, which features poignant stories about some of our country’s youth, Snigdha Poonam narrates the story of Sachin Ahuja. Sachin has a typical 9-6 job selling insurance. From 7 pm to 8 pm, he lifts weights – so far, so good. It’s his life post 9 pm that’s unexpected – for […]

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In a market of 7.5 M-plus mobile self-learners, how many are actually learning?

Barring best-in-class online/mobile education content such as Khan Academy, few companies have course completion rates beyond 15 percent, or returning users who are really engaged. The scientist we remember today as Michael Faraday had basic formal education. Working as a book binder, he was self-taught. Science fascinated him and he found his way to the […]

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Cracking the Code: Rethink, Reframe and Act!

This is an article penned by Smita Sircar, Innovations Director – edLABS and Ecosystem, Gray Matters Capital that was published in the ” FACES OF BUDGET PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN INDIA REPORT 2018″ by CCS India. The report was launched on 28th March 2018.  The report can be downloaded here. A Global and Local Challenge Education […]

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