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Zero Gravity is a tech startup that mentors high-potential, low-income students, propelling them into the best universities and graduate careers.
Students from the most disadvantaged areas in the UK are 6x less likely to get into a highly-selective university than their more affluent peers. At the current rate of progress, this social mobility gap will remain for another 332 years. If nothing changes, the UK risks squandering the talent of millions of young people and the billions these students would generate for UK GDP.
Zero Gravity is changing this. Zero Gravity is a free online platform that propels talented pupils into top universities and careers through one-to-one mentoring, masterclasses, and a community of ambitious members.
Since launching in 2020, Zero Gravity has mentored over 3,000 low-income students into universities, including 400+ now into Oxbridge. This year, Zero Gravity is on track to mentor 5,000 more. Zero Gravity has won 3 European brand awards and a social impact award from the Prime Minister. And Zero Gravity is working with corporate partners like HSBC and KPMG, and over 250 schools and universities across the UK.
But it’s not just about mentoring support, but financial too. Zero Gravity Fund, Zero Gravity’s partner charity, is the UK’s largest scholarship provider outside of the university sector. The Fund supports hundreds of low-income students each year with £3,000 grants and is supported by private individuals, charitable foundations and corporates. 100% of donations to Zero Gravity Fund go directly to funding scholarships.
Last year, over 70% of Zero Gravity members achieved AAA or better in their A-Levels, with 20% going to Oxbridge and 80% to a Russell Group university. This is despite over 60% of Zero Gravity members being on free school meals, refugees, being in care, and/or a young carer.https://zerogravity.co.uk
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