Rural Education Project (ADB-47922-014)

  • India
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Rural Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Apr 11, 2014
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Hippocampus Learning Centres Limited
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 2.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 25, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 25, 2014

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Project Description

According to ADB website, the proposed project will increase access to affordable kindergarten and after-school programs for children aged 3-11 years in rural Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states of India. The proposed project is an invesment of 2 million USD equity in Hippocampus Learning Centres Limited (HLC).

Hippocampus Learning Limited is a venture capital backed company which operates pre-school and after-school coaching programs for children aged 3-12 years in rural India. HLC has pioneered a new model for improving learning outcomes by developing a low-cost system to deliver a supplementary education curriculum that focuses on a targeted set of learning outcomes

Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Private Actors

Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC) creates integrated and comprehensive preschool and primary grade education programs in India.

Contact Information

No contact information available at the time of disclosure. 


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