The Brighter Investment model, an investment in a student's higher education in return for a % of their future income, naturally results in a focus on the brightest students pursuing the degree programs with the best career potential. The consequence of this focus on career potential and income, is that the majority of degrees Brighter Investment supports are programs in science, technology, engineering, medicine as well as certain business and finance degrees. Degrees in art and the humanities are examples of areas that we currently don’t support students in. Why not? And should that change?Read More
In collaboration with World University Services Canada (WUSC) and the D. Keith MacDonald Foundation (DKM) we’re looking for a consultant to help us with a project. The project’s objective is to identify the most effective solutions to increase gender parity in our student financing model. Interested candidates can apply with WUSC.Read More
Always wanted to make a difference in the world? Brighter Investment is hiring a customer service associate in Accra! This is your chance to join an impact investment startup that is eliminating financial barriers to higher education. As the customer service associate, you will provide customer facing support to all projects in the company. This Job is a great opportunity to be involved in all aspects of our firm, and over time specialize and get more responsibilities in one or two specific areas.Read More
The start of the academic year in Ghana is an exciting time for the Brighter Investment team. Students we’ve supported in prior years are returning to their campuses to continue their education, recent graduates are completing their national service and starting jobs, and, perhaps most exciting for all, new students are signing on with Brighter Investment to begin their academic journey.Read More
In our recent blog posts we dove into how our student investment model works and we presented metrics that show that it actually works. We also answered the most frequently asked questions except for one, a very simple one: why? Why have the people on our team decided to do this? And what do we ultimately hope to achieve with Brighter Investment?Read More
In 2015 Brighter Investment supported the first high potential students in Ghana. The deal is: we pay for their higher education, and after graduating students repay our investors a percentage of their income. After investing in a second cohort in 2016 and a third cohort in 2017, we shared a blogpost last month that describes that this model works and is an attractive investment with tremendous social impact. Following this post we received many questions from interested investors. Here are our answers.Read More
Investors are seeking a return and often our reporting focuses on the numbers. But there are real people behind every number on our financial reports--students who are studying hard to pass their classes, and working with their mentors to transition into the career they’ve dreamed about.Read More
Rosemond is pursuing a degree in Mining Engineering at the University for Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, Ghana. She is currently in her third year and ambitions to become a mining engineer and an entrepreneur.Read More
Johnson Masagostin's father was paying for his degree with the proceeds from his farming income. But after a tragic crop loss, Johnson feared he would have to drop out of school due to lack of funds. With our help he is set to graduate with a chemistry degree and a job at the Ghana Water Company.
After his second year, Alex was out of funds and searching for financing options that would allow him to continue his education. Initially he considered applying for a student loan from the Ghanaian government, but a trusted lecturer who recognized the shortcomings of the government program, suggested he apply to Brighter Investment…Read More
Upon gaining admission into the University of Development Studies to study applied biology, his father took loans from friends to send his son to the University. However, by the second year Abraham’s father had a stroke and could no longer work on his farm to support the family. It was at this point that a lecturer who was close to the family and understood their situation suggested that Abraham look into Brighter Investment…Read More
In 2015 Brighter Investment supported the first high potential students in Ghana. The deal is, we pay for their higher education, and after graduating students repay our investors a percentage of their income. After investing in a second cohort in 2016 and a third cohort in 2017, we can now confidently say, you should invest in our 2018 cohort because: 1. Graduated students show that our model works; 2. You'll earn a predictable and attractive return; 3. Your investment will change the world for the better.Read More
This interview with our CEO was originally published by SVX in Toronto - Tell us a little about your background and your journey into social entrepreneurship: My journey started with me doing aerospace engineering in the Netherlands. We’re talking about a pre-Musk, pre-SpaceX era, and space projects were slow and bureaucratic, much less exciting thanRead More
In 2015 Brighter Investment supported the first high potential students in Ghana. The deal is, we pay for their degree, after graduating students repay our investors a percentage of their increased income. Initially our projections were based on data we got from research and partners. Based on this data, we have been able to make reliable projections for our investors' ROI. However, as our model was unproven, we based our projections on conservative values for these relevant variables. Now, 2,5 years into the program, we can show that our first graduated and repaying students are indeed performing better than our conservative projections and are proving the validity of our investment model.Read More
Society is changing at an unprecedented pace. Today, self-driving cars and phones that schedule hair appointments are no longer fiction, but reality. An estimated 6 billion people now have access to cellphones (whereas 4.5 billion have access to toilets). Given the way technology is transforming society, it is natural to wonder: What will the future of higher education look like? Does the rise of massive open online courses mean the end of traditional universities?Read More
Writing the perfect CV for most job seekers is almost synonymous with getting a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.
Not only is it demanding, it also requires that one pays attention to detail and is able to present his or her work history and personal information in a way that stands out.Read More
Lately, there is a lot of media discussion on the student loan crisis in North America. With documentaries, tech startups, a US government task force, and an endless stream of articles decrying the current state of affairs with student loans, it’s understandable that a lot of well-meaning individuals ask: “There is a student loan crisis in the US. Do we really want to export that model to the developing country and allow private investors to reap the returns?”Read More
Brighter Investment’s mission is to ensure that every talented student worldwide can afford quality education. In this mission, quality is not limited to good teachers and effective state of the art education, but includes long term value creation for the student. Unfortunately in North America many students end up with a very low or even negative return on their higher education investment. This post describes why that problem does not apply to Brighter students.Read More
On behalf of the whole team, we’d like to wish you a bright and successful 2018. Last year was a good year for our investors, and a great year for our students. Our focus for 2018 will be on growth so more investors, and even more students, can share in the value created by the degree programs offered at our partner universities.Read More
Always wanted to make a difference in the world? Brighter Investment is hiring a Community Manager in Accra! This is your chance to join an impact investment startup that is eliminating financial barriers to higher education. As the Community Manager you will manage relationships with community partners and students.
Working for a fast growing international startup there will be plenty of opportunities to advance your career in Ghana or abroad and you’ll receive a competitive stock option plan (over time you’ll get to own a part of our company).