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UBS Optimus Foundation a grant-making foundation working to break down barriers that prevent children from reaching their potential by funding leading organizations to improve the health, education and protection

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OVERVIEW

Description

Within education, Optimus focuses on the following opportunity areas:
Integrated approach to early childhood development – Parents, educators, and communities are encouraged to promote early education (integrating health, nutrition and violence prevention) through financial and non- financial incentives.
Children fit for school – Teachers, administrators, parents, and communities actively support children as they prepare for and stay in school.
Schools fit for children – Effective, relevant and affordable tools and systems can help boost educational achievement (with a focus on non-state actors).
In the realm of non-state education, Optimus focuses on supporting low-cost private schools able to demonstrating a scalable, sustainable and replicable model to extend access to high quality, low-cost education for the poor.

FUNDING TYPES AND CRITERIA

INVESTMENT RANGE:

$100,000 - $1,000,000

INTERESTED IN THESE SECTORS

Education; Women, Girls

Stages

  • 1) Problem Identification
  • 2) Idea
  • 3) Prototype/ Pilot
  • 4) Early Customer Traction, Revenue

social vs. financial return preference

  • 1: Social Return First

Types of entities

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid

providing funding for these regions

  • Global

funding types

  • Grants / Donations

DEALS