Corporate & Institutional Partnerships


Through the extraordinary support of our private sector partners, trusts, institutions and foundations, we have been able to deliver projects that touch the lives of thousands of women entrepreneurs across the world.

Our approach

We see our corporate and institutional partners as just that – partners. We don’t believe that ‘one size fits all’ – we take pride in working closely with organisations to design projects that harness their expertise, fulfil their objectives and realise their passion for women’s empowerment.

Below are some of the ways we have worked with corporate and institutional partners to make a difference to women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries.

Become a partner

We are dedicated to partnering with organisations that share our vision of a world where women thrive. If you would like to find out more about becoming a partner, please send us a message.

The power of partnerships


In 2021, we launched our business skills app HerVenture in South Africa for the first time, bringing crucial entrepreneurial skills to at least 1,600 of South Africa’s most promising women entrepreneurs.

This exciting new roll-out, which supports women across South Africa, is made possible thanks to the support of our partner DHL Express.

South Africa is the fifth country in which HerVenture has been launched, following the app’s roll-out in Kenya in summer 2020, which was also supported by DHL Express. So far, HerVenture in Kenya has supported more than 4,000 women entrepreneurs.

An app user in South Africa said: “What a great app where I can learn with no disruptions, easy to navigate & knowledge in my pocket. Learning at my fingertips made simple – powerful app.”


In 2020, 97% of women entrepreneurs surveyed in low- and middle-income countries told us that either their businesses had already been negatively impacted, or they believed they soon would be, as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Thankfully, PayPal recognised this staggering impact, and broadened the scope of its partnership with us on our online, cross-border Mentoring Women in Business programme. The company more than doubled its investment in the programme, contributing over 90 business experts from its workforce as mentors.

Julie Vennewitz-Pierce, Head of Philanthropic Programs at PayPal, said: “At a time of real economic uncertainty we are delighted to be enhancing our partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.”


Qualcomm has been collaborating with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women since 2012.

Since 2018, the partnership has supported the roll-out of the HerVenture business skills app to women entrepreneurs in Vietnam, reaching more than 10,000 women entrepreneurs in the country.

In 2020, we found that:

  • 76% of HerVenture users experienced an increased in their number of clients
  • 72% saw an increase in their business revenue

Angela Baker, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Qualcomm, said: “At Qualcomm, we believe that companies play a central role in ensuring women have access to business opportunities and helping achieve gender equality.”

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