Our HerVenture app has now supported 100,000 women

We're delighted to announce that our award-winning HerVenture mobile learning app has supported 100,000 women worldwide to start, sustain and grow businesses.

Our award-winning HerVenture app has now supported 100,000 women entrepreneurs by delivering essential, women-centred skills training.

In many low and middle income countries, women entrepreneurs are the pillars of their communities and backbones of their economies. In low income countries, approximately 28% of women intend to start a business in the near future. Despite this, women face a host of barriers to business that range from disparities in education, discriminatory attitudes, policies and practices, and gendered social norms that undermine their confidence and self-belief.

We launched HerVenture in 2018 to support women to overcome these barriers and to start and grow successful micro and small enterprises by building their skills, knowledge and confidence. Our app is available in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam, Indonesia and Guyana—where it is so popular that one in 25 women in the country use it.

90% of HerVenture’s users in 2023 improved their business knowledge, and 89% their business management practices. Almost eight out of 10 users in 2023 who already owned businesses were able to improve their business’ performance, with 75% gaining more customers or clients, 67% increasing their profit, 61% increasing their revenue, and 36% increasing their number of employees, highlighting the enormous scale of its impact.

HerVenture's impact for users in 2023

90% improved their business knowledge

89% improved their business management practices

78% who already owned businesses improved their business’ performance

HerVenture’s enormous success can be attributed to its being purpose-built for women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries. Our app is free-of-charge and usable offline, offering women:

  • Bite-sized lessons that fit into their busy lives.
  • A range of learning topics directly informed by their needs, including launching a business, accessing finance, expanding market access, e-commerce and mobile money.
  • A personalised learning journey based on their individual learning needs.
  • Enhanced confidence.
  • A networking function to build their networks.

HerVenture is like an MBA programme squashed into an app. I enjoyed the fact that it had tasks at the end of each module which you apply to your own business. This changed my perspective on how to run a business. It’s an app I would recommend to everyone who has a business.

Ene Adasen, Founder of Ene Naturals and HerVenture user, Nigeria

Each country’s version of HerVenture is customised for the local context and adapted with our incredible local expert partners. This marks our app out as a powerful, unique and highly effective tool to support women as individuals whilst contributing to gender equality in business at a national scale.

“We know that women have the ambition and potential to run their own businesses, but many are held back from developing the essential skills, knowledge and confidence they need due to systemic, structural and societal barriers,” comments our CEO Dhivya O’Connor. “Our HerVenture app harnesses the power of tech and partnerships to tackle these barriers at a grand scale. We look forward to working with new private and public sector partners to further unlock HerVenture’s huge potential, supporting many thousands more women in more countries.”

HerVenture's success has been made possible by...

Qualcomm Wireless Reach logo
USAID logo
ExxonMobil Foundation logo
DHL logo
WISE logo
Kinara Logo
Enterprise Development Centre logo
Gordon Institute of Business Science Entrepreneurship Development Academy
Seda logo
Actioninvest Logo
mmg logo
Smart Regional Consultants (SRC) logo
Sinapis Logo
The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust logo
Happel Foundation Logo
Swedish Postcode Logo
Starvos Niarchos Foundation

Partner with us to bring HerVenture to more women

We run HerVenture thanks to the extraordinary support of our private and public sector partners. We are always seeking new partners to bring our game-changing app to more women in new countries. Together, we can harness the power of tech to drive women's economic empowerment around the world.

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Lindiwe Masango, owner of the mineral water brand Lee Ice Cubes uses the HerVenture app