2017 was bright, 2018 will be brighter!

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.

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Job Opportunity: Community Manager Ghana

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).

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Ghana at Work 2017

We are excited to release the newest edition of our report on salary levels in Ghana: “Ghana At Work: Trends in Salary Levels for Young Professionals 2017”. This year, we continued to track the salary level trends for four main sectors: business & commerce, engineering, information technology, and sciences.

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Brighter Investment student: Moses Weibaseh Weyori

My name is Moses Weibaseh Weyori. I am currently reading BSc in Minerals Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa-Ghana . I hope to become an indispensable personnel in the petroleum industry (energy) in order to contribute my quota towards mitigating challenges pertaining to energy globally, specifically in Africa. I am passionate about working in the petroleum industry. I can't wait to see myself there.

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New Report: The business of education in Africa

As markets become more globalised and economies more intertwined, the future, with its myriad of challenges, will very likely be influenced by the next generation. More specifically, many of the solutions to our challenges will likely come from the next generation in sub-Saharan African nations. In fact, by 2035 the total number of Africans joining the workforce will be more than the rest of the world combined. Earlier this month, Caerus Capital, Parthenon-EY, and Oxford Analytica released a very interesting report on the systems that will educate this future African generation.

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The Education Policies of the New Ghanaian President - A Bright Future

The New Patriotic Party, presided by Nana Akuffo Addo, is the majority ruling party in Ghana as of January 2017. The main policy objectives with regards to education are heavily focused on improving teachers’ well being and status, free education for children up to Senior High School, raising the quality of education at primary and senior high school levels with an emphasis on science and technology as well as raising university standards, with a priority in research and innovation. As we will show in this article, these policies will increase the need for Brighter Investment’s program in Ghana as well as help make it more successful.

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Ghana At Work: Trends in Salary Levels for Young Professionals

“Data, data, data! I cannot make bricks without clay.” This Sherlock Holmes quote can probably serve as the unofficial slogan of Brighter Investment. Here at BI, in order to make higher education more affordable for students, we operate in a very data-driven environment. We believe in a win-win situation for both students and investors, and in order to create the best product for both parties, we must track changes in graduate salary levels closely.

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Land Economist: meet Kwame Ankapong Yeboah

As part of our series on different careers in Ghana, we interviewed Bernard Amponsah- Poku, a successful mining engineer in Ghana. Kwame Ankapong Yeboah is a Land and Property Investment expert currently working with the Ghana Airports Company. With an in-depth understanding of local and global markets, Kwame specialises in support services to institutions and individuals. His daily work includes real estate & property investment analysis, land acquisition & development and valuation of land & buildings.

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How to ace your exams this term

It's that time of year again: exams are here and students around the country are busy trying to cram as much information into their brains as they can. Trying to retain several months' worth of information in a stressful situation can be challenging. Science offers some tips, however, on how students can maximize their ability to retain information.

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New cohort of Brighter Investment students starts in Ghana

A new cohort of bright and ambitious Ghanaian students has started their academic year with the support of Brighter Investment funding. These students, enrolled at our three Ghanaian partner universities (University of Mines and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Ghana), are now preparing to be future leaders in fields ranging from mining engineering to biological sciences.
 

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The Engineer: meet Bernard Amponsah-Poku

As part of our series on different careers in Ghana, we interviewed Bernard Amponsah- Poku, a successful mining engineer in Ghana. After working as a mining engineer in the fields of processing, mine design and equipment management at Rockshell International, Bernard went on to become the Mining Engineer Supervisor at African Mining Services- AMS. He is currently the Senior Mining Engineer at the African Mining Services.

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Goldman Sachs: Home bias could negatively affect your investment portfolio

Reluctance to invest abroad damages portfolios in the long-run, according to research by Goldman Sachs. A more diversified portfolio would cope better with shocks. Jose Usrua, a global economist at the bank, stated that over the last decade capital has remained mostly on home ground. "Over the medium-run, home bias can either be a curse or a blessing, depending on  where shocks originate. Over the long-run, however, high levels of home bias are likely to reveal diversification pitfalls that could be damaging for global investment portfolios."

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New report: Millennials set to shake up Canada's investment industry

A new report by the Responsible Investment Association shows that Millennials – the generation between 18 and 34 years old – are significantly more likely than previous generations to show interest in responsible investments. Since Millennials are now the largest demographic in North America’s workforce, and are set to inherit more than $30 trillion in the next few decades, responsible investment advisors and RI fund companies are positioned reap the rewards by engaging this emerging generation of investors.

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Blog post: Is education the best tool to reduce income inequality?

Income inequality is a worldwide problem present in both developing and developed countries such as The United States where 20% of the national income is earned by the top 1% of its population. We live in a world where 50% of the population earns less than 10% of the total income produced in the world. This disproportionate distribution of wealth causes some of the biggest problems in the world such as poverty, unemployment, political instability and violence.

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Big news: Brighter Investment is part of the GSBI cohort of 2016!

After weeks of having to keep this under our hats, we can finally tell everybody that Brighter Investment has been selected for the GSBI cohort of 2016! Developed in partnership with the World Bank Development Marketplace, Miller Centre's Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) serves social entrepreneurs around the world who are developing innovative solutions to large global problems. Through structured curriculum layered with in-depth mentorship by over 100 Silicon Valley executives, GSBI builds stronger businesses and prepares them to scale their solutions for global impact.

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The financial value of a university degree

This article by our CEO was originally published on SocialFinance.ca as part of a series of articles by the RBC Impact Entrepreneurs. The RBC impact entrepreneurs will compete in the Dragons Den competition at the Social Finance Forum in Toronto this year. What factors determine the financial return of a university degree? With the cost of university degrees rising much faster than inflation in North America and stories of graduates not earning enough to repay their student loans abounding, one can’t help but wonder: is higher education no longer the good investment it once was?

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Heather Mann
Crowdfunding campaign a success!

Many thanks to everybody that supported our crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. Thank you for following our story, thank you for sharing, thank you for your feedback and most of all: Thank you for your donations. With the support from our amazing friends, family and other supporters we have reached our crowd funding goal. Because of you, we have raised $20,000 to invest in bright students in Ghana.

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