HerRiseUp is a social enterprise empowering women entrepreneurs and innovators in developing countries by connecting them with like-minded individuals, investors, government and private organisations around the world.
Mercy Oloo and Letisia Odeke started HerRiseUp in 2017. The two have particular interest in education, technology, women-led businesses and women empowerment. Originally from Kenya and Uganda, respectively, they are strong advocates for innovation, leadership and development. As they work towards achieving UN’s Sustainability Development goal five, which hopes to:
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls – by enhancing the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
Mercy and Letisia, identified a gap in the market where women entrepreneurs and innovators lack opportunities. They hope that through the platfrom, women entrepreneurs will gain access to funds, provide each other with skill support and obtain resources that will allow them to rise up to their full potential.
Furthermore, they hope that investors around the world will to gain access to new opportunities in emerging markets.