HerVenture

Our award winning mobile business skills app, reaching more than 90,000 women so far.

Fun and flexible, HerVenture fits learning into women’s busy lives. Our award-winning app offers women entrepreneurs essential business training and support on the go. It features a range of learning tracks on topics including launching a business, accessing finance, expanding market access, e-commerce and mobile money.

HerVenture has been specifically designed to support women in low or middle income countries who are starting or running micro or small businesses in any sector.

Through our app, women gain foundational business knowledge and skills, confidence and self-belief to start and grow businesses, support their entrepreneurial journeys and digitise their enterprises.

The app generates a personalised learning journey for each entrepreneur based on their individual business needs. Learning content is provided in bite-sized, easily digestible formats such as swipe-able cards and quizzes, and can be used offline. Users can find and connect with each other, as well as learn about local business events.

HerVenture's impact

90% of HerVenture users in 2022 improved their business knowledge.

90,000 women have grown their businesses through HerVenture

89% of users in 2022 improved their business management practices.

Purpose-built for women entrepreneurs

Women worldwide have the ambition and potential to run their own businesses. But many are unfairly held back from developing the essential skills and knowledge they need for success.

We’ve supported over 230,000 women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries. We know from these women’s feedback, from our expert local partners and from our in-depth needs assessments what it is that women entrepreneurs need to start and build their businesses.

There is a huge appetite for tech-based learning, however internet connectivity is limited in some areas, which is why HerVenture is available offline.

Many women entrepreneurs don’t have excess cash to spend on training. They are also frequently time-poor, unable to fit traditional classroom learning into their busy lives. Our app is free of charge and provides learning in bite-size chunks so women can learn business skills wherever and whenever it suits them.

We collect feedback from users to continuously improve the app’s content, usability, and features. We also regularly update the app with new content and improvements based on user suggestions and emerging business trends.

I learned how to harness the full potential of social media for marketing purposes, which has tremendously increased my clientele.

Upasna Mudlier, Director of Denmor Garment Manufacturers Inc., Guyana, on the benefits of HerVenture

Contextualisation and scalability

HerVenture is highly scalable and can be adapted to any geography or language. It is currently available for free on iOS and Android in Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Guyana, with plans to expand further.

The app is directly informed by women’s needs: each country’s version is customised for the local context and adapted in collaboration with local partners.

How we partner

HerVenture is delivered in collaboration with our private sector, government and civil society partners who share our commitment to enabling women’s access to skills, networks and services to grow successful businesses. Our collaborations leverage each partner’s strengths, reach, knowledge and experience to deliver impact and scale

The app can be offered standalone or can complement other business support services – including our own other programmes. We can also work with partners to create new learning tracks on specific topics for users.

A history of HerVenture

One in 25 women in Guyana use HerVenture

Our app has supported over 10,000 women in Guyana to start and build businesses

2022: HerVenture wins a Mobile App award for Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development

This award celebrates incredible mobile apps in Kenya. Nominations for app winners were submitted by the public via an online nomination portal. They were then vetted and published online for voting by the general public.

2022: New learning track on mobile money launches

HerVenture’s newest learning track on mobile money became available for users of the app in Guyana, developed in collaboration with GTT

September 2021: HerVenture made available in Guyana!

The app aims to reach at least 3,000 women entrepreneurs in Guyana.

September 2021: HerVenture wins Digital Innovation of the Year Award

The app wins at the UK's prestigious Third Sector Awards

August 2021: New 'Business Resilience' learning track added to the app

The app's ninth learning track, available in South Africa, delves into essential topics like understanding personal and business resilience, diagnosing and dealing with the impact of crises, and designing strategies to deal with future crises.

June 2021: HerVenture launches in South Africa!

Our partner DHL Express supports us to bring the app to South Africa

September 2020: HerVenture wins the Empowerment of Women Gold Award

The award was won at the 2020 Global CSR Awards in Vietnam, in conjunction with our partner Qualcomm.

August 2020: we launch on iOS

Our app became available on iOS in addition to Android

July 2020: HerVenture available in Kenya!

Our partner DHL Express supports us to bring the app to Kenya

January 2019: HerVenture is launched in Nigeria!

HerVenture supported over 11,000 Nigerian women entrepreneurs in its first year in the country alone.

November 2018: HerVenture app is launched in Indonesia!

Our partner Qualcomm Wireless Reach supports us to bring the app to Indonesia

May 2018: HerVenture is launched in Vietnam!

Our partner Qualcomm Wireless Reach supports us to bring the app to Vietnam

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