The future is bright. Be part of it.

The future is bright.
Be part of it.

We won't stop until every talented student worldwide can afford to pay for quality higher education.


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Where we're coming from

In 2009, our CEO Thijs moved to Mexico to complete his business degree and work on a project for a local real estate developer. One evening after hopping into a cab, he struck up a conversation with the driver to practise his (still) limited Spanish skills and ended up going to his house for a BBQ (warm, generous Mexican culture for you!). There, he met the cab driver’s younger brother who was incredibly bright  -  he was at the top of his class in school -  but unfortunately didn’t have the capital needed to pursue further education. With the help of some colleagues, it didn’t take long pull together that capital for him. And, as he kept in touch, Thijs noticed how great the return on investment was on the small donation they made into his education - much larger than the ROI for their real estate work!

That very first seed planted in Thijs' head resulted in a trip years later to to find out why, despite the clearly high ROI, so many students are unable to pay for a degree. After talking to students, teachers, bankers and scholarship providers on three continents, Thijs met Richard on a university campus in Ghana. At that time, Richard was about to complete his Physics degree, had worked as a project manager for Unicef, and was working for the Education branch of Google. Having faced difficulty paying for his degree himself, and through his work being confronted with students daily that were facing similar issues, Richard had a strong desire to solve this problem. 

Richard and Thijs decided to team up, and developed the investment model that Brighter Investment is today. Instead of limiting young students’ futures because of their family status, Brighter Investment provides investors with the opportunity to back the engineers, doctors and scientists of the future. A partnership that benefits both student and investor, socially and financially. The future is bright!


The Team

Thijs Mathot   While working on a project in Mexico for a real estate developer, Thijs pooled money with some colleagues to support a Mexican student through university. Witnessing the high financial and social returns of this student’s degree first hand, Thijs got an idea: Why not invest in high potential students instead of real estate projects? The return is clearly higher and it will help solve financial barriers to higher education. That is the idea behind thijs his current company Brighter Investment. Thijs holds a Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in International Business. Before starting Brighter Investment, Thijs worked for an aerospace firm, a real estate developer, he worked on public private partnership projects and he set up the North American branch for a Dutch software startup.

Thijs Mathot: As an aerospace engineer with a business degree, Thijs specialized in the intersection of tech, data and finance. Thijs leads the company and works on the underwriting technology and investment model. Thijs worked as an engineer in the space industry, for a real estate developer, he worked on public private partnership projects and he set up the North American branch for a Dutch software startup.

Richard Adarkwah   As a Google ambassador, Richard’s job was to visit high schools around the country to educate students about the potential of technology. Satisfying a desire to play an active role in solving social challenges, Richard has worked for Unicef on the “I-imagine Ghana” project and currently serves as the Vice President of the Young African Leaders Forum. Richard realised that the major resource needed to impact lives within Africa is quality education; Richard is currently doing what he feels is necessary to remove financial barriers to education as our Country Manager in Ghana.

Richard Adarkwah: Richard has a degree in Physics, worked for Unicef as a project manager on education projects and for Google on their education product. With his experience in the education sector in Ghana, both professionally and as a student facing financial difficulty himself, Richard runs our student program.

Tyson Titensor   Tyson brings over 15 years of diverse management and consulting experience to his role at Brighter Investment. Most recently he served as the COO at DPS Skis where he led all finance and operations activities. His tenure at DPS spanned a period of explosive growth as the company raised multiple rounds of financing, increased headcount by a factor of ten, and became one of the most important brands in snowsports. Prior to DPS Tyson built and sold an ecommerce business, worked at a boutique consulting firm, launched an adventure travel marketplace, and completed an MBA at the University of Colorado. In addition to his role at Brighter Investment Tyson serves on the advisory board at DPS Skis and as a new ventures mentor at the University of Washington’s innovation transfer hub CoMotion. A devoted traveler and adventurer, Tyson’s most recent adventure was to drive the Panamerican Highway from Patagonia to Canada with his wife Megan.

Georgina Amiisah: Georgina has always had a passion for the role banks play in society. With a degree in Finance and Banking Georgina worked on various collection and customer service roles at the Agricultural Development Bank in Ghana. She now applies that experience to professionalizing the student facing functions at Brighter Investment.


Joy Lamptey: Before getting an MBA from the University of Ghana with a specialization in Human Resource Management, Joy worked as a System analyst at NEM insurance in Nigeria. Joy now uses her HR and analytical skills to set up our mentorship system and manage the community of employers, teachers and students in Ghana.



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