First investor distributions 6.4% higher than projections

4 years ago we started supporting the first small cohort of students in Ghana with the goal of proving that an investment model has the potential to break down financial barriers to higher education. Over the following years we supported 4 cohorts and 221 students. 221 students that instead of street vendors or subsistence farmers will become future leaders in science, engineering, medicine and business. These 221 students show that an investment model can indeed accomplish equitable access to tertiary education and create value for both students and investors.

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Brighter Investment Job - Summer Intern

Always wanted to make a difference in the world? Brighter Investment is hiring a Summer Intern in Accra! This is your chance to join an impact investment startup that is eliminating financial barriers to higher education. As a summer intern, you will provide creative ideas and work closely with the BI team to help achieve our ultimate goal of ensuring that every talented student has access to higher education.

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Joy Lamptey
Applying to UMAT? Here's what you should know.

If you are applying to the University of Mines and Technology for the 2019/2020 academic year, please note the following;

1. The deadline for applying for UMaT undergraduate programs is August, 2019.

2. Students are to obtain an application form for GHc 200.00 from Ghana Post Offices, Ecobank, Cal Bank, GCB Bank, Zenith Bank, Fidelity Bank, Access Bank or UBA.

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Joy Lamptey
Applying to UG? Here's what you should know.

If you are applying to the University of Ghana for the 2019/2020 academic year, please note the following;

1. The deadline for applying for University of Ghana undergraduate programs is June 30, 2019.

2. The minimum entry requirement is having at least credits ((A1-C6) WASSCE and (A-D) SSCE) in Core Mathematics, English Language, Integrated Science and Social Studies.

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Joy Lamptey
Applying to KNUST? Here's what you should know.

If you are applying to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for the 2019/2020 academic year, please note the following;

1. The deadline for applying for KNUST undergraduate programs is July 31, 2019.

2. WASSCE/SSSCE Holders should have credits (A1-C6/A-D Respectively) in the following Three (3) Core Subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science plus credits (A1-C6/ A-D) in Three Elective Subjects with an Aggregate Score of 24 or better in the relevant Area of Study

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Joy Lamptey
Applying to UCC? Here is what you should know.

If you are applying to the University of Cape-Coast for the 2019/2020 academic year, please note the following

1. The deadline for applying for UCC undergraduate programs is May 17, 2019.

2. Applicants should have credit passes in six (6) subjects with an overall aggregate of 36/24 at the WASSCE/SSSCE respectively.

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Joy Lamptey
Applying to KSTU? Here's what you should know.

If you are applying to the Kumasi Technical University for the 2019/2020 academic year, please note the following;

1. The deadline for applying for KSTU academic programs is June 30, 2019.

2. A card with an application code can be obtained from either the Kumasi Technical University Cash Office, all Regional Post Offices, all Zenith Bank Branches, all Republic Bank Branches, all Universal Merchant Bank (UMB), all Access Bank Branches.

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Joy Lamptey
Applying to UDS? Here's what you should know.

If you are applying to the University for Development Studies for the 2019/2020 academic year, please note the following;

1. The deadline for applying for UDS undergraduate programs is Friday, May 31, 2019.

2. WASSCE/SSSCE Holders should have credits (A1-C6/A-D Respectively) in the following Three (3) Core Subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science plus credits (A1-C6/ A-D) in Three Elective Subjects with an Aggregate Score of 24 or better in the relevant Area of Study.

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Joy Lamptey
Improving Gender Parity in the Brighter Investment Student Financing Model

My name is Joy Lamptey, and I am the student success manager at Brighter Investment. Growing up, I was lucky to have had a family that made me believe I could be anything I wanted to be. I wanted to be a surgeon, and later an architect. But someway somehow, someone somewhere suggested, “why not a nurse or an interior designer?”, They had no other reasons except for the fact that it would be a perfect career path for a pretty intelligent girl like me. Inexperienced as I was at the time, I believed these lines. This is just one of the many gender specific barriers women face on their path to career success. At Brighter Investment we’re solving these.

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Joy Lamptey
Brighter Investment on TV

Richard Adarkwah and Joy Lamptey, the Regional Manager and the Student Success Manager for Brighter Investment in Ghana, are interviewed on AAU Talks about financing higher education in Africa. The Association of African Universities (AAU) is the official African Union body representing all higher education institutions within that Union. The full 50 minute interview can be found on the AAU Facebook page and is definitely worth a watch. But if you’re short on time, here are our 6 favorite parts.

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Why are degrees in arts and humanities not worth investing in?

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?

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Job opportunity: Customer Service Associate

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.

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New school year, new student cohort & 84% growth.

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.

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Tyson Titensor
Why we care about investing in African students & why you should as well

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?

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Answers to the most frequently asked investor questions

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.

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Thijs Mathotinvestment
The Social Impact Behind Investor Returns

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.

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Tyson Titensor
Student Profile: Rosemond Boah

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.

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Joy Lamptey