Swayam: P2P Investing in Human Capital and Education

I recently became an adviser to Swayam, a new socially-minded investment platform that is slated to enable individuals to invest in the higher education -- and hence futures -- of entrepreneurs who would otherwise not be able to afford their degrees (or would otherwise be burdened with heavy loan obligations).  I originally met the Swayam team while serving as a judge at the BASES social enterprise competition at Stanford earlier this spring, where Swayam was one of the top finalist teams.  I was attracted to the Swayam proposal for several reasons, not least the synergies and similarities it has to certain models of microfinance investment.The Swayam initiative is a work in progress, and a pilot program with graduate students from Stanford is underway.  The Swayam team is actively seeking more Swayam Fellows (students) and Swayam Angels (investors).  More information is available on the Swayam site, and definitely check out the Swayam blog as well.  I believe the potential impact, benefits and efficiencies of Swayam could be huge -- in the United States and around the world, and for students, professionals, investors and universities alike...