liftUPlift is a Chicago-based startup on a mission to empower women worldwide as makers, consumers and allies. We are building a global marketplace for women-owned businesses where every transaction empowers and helps end violence against women worldwide. This site is now a virtual showroom where you can browse and buy directly from our Founding Makers, the first women-owned businesses to join and share in our mission.
Wraperoo is a time-saving solution for your daily beauty routine. Super-absorbant on one side and water-resistant on the other, use Wraperoo while you dry your hair, then lay it over your clothes while you do your makeup (or shave, fellas). Watch creator PJ McGuire demo Wraperoo at the liftUPlift Showroom in Chicago!
cStyle is wearable technology that inspires girls to develop programming skills. Using an easy to learn drag-and-drop coding language, girls can program their cStyle bracelet to light-up, change color, and vibrate in response to body temperature, ambient lighting and alerts from their mobile device!
POWCH is a reusable, collapsible, to-go container for food and beverage, invented by Karen Orlich, a Mom on a mission to save the planet. It’s not just dishwasher safe…POWCH is virtually indestructible, made from the same fabric used to make bullet proof vests! With one for each family member, you will never buy ziplock baggies, again.
Made with surgical grade plastic, these stunning sunnies by SPINOZA are featherlight and 10x more durable than standard sunglass frames. Founder Silja Kim (New York City) is building her brand on the cutting-edge of fashion and technology. She’s a master of grassroots marketing, which keeps her prices affordable. Upgrade your summer with SPINOZA!
Silvana’s radiant positivity and brilliant creativity make her the perfect “advocate for the feminine.” The Tulle Project, launched this year, is about powerful women embracing their femininity in the workplace and everywhere else. A Chicago business owner with her roots in Brazil, Silvana wants to see more tutus in the board room. We do, too! Tulle is a tribute to the little girl inside each woman, who dreams and plays and doesn’t worry about what other people think. These gorgeous skirts make you feel like anything is possible!
Our company is a tech startup, founded and led by a team of women in Chicago and Boston. We have dedicated our lives to empowering women and girls worldwide.
Founder & CEO
Corielle Laaspere founded liftUPlift in December 2014, the culmination of her life’s work to understand and advance women’s empowerment. She has personally spearheaded all of our growth and success to date, through strategic aptitude, indefatigable optimism, willingness to learn and adapt, and above all, her ability to make strong allies. Corielle was born to build liftUPlift.
Chereesca Bejasa will join our team upon funding, to immediately begin development of proprietary, scaleable technology. She is presently the Founder and CEO of her own full-service development firm. By joining Team liftUPlift, she brings not only her own skills, but also her team of full-stack web and mobile application developers and product managers, with many years of experience building successful products and businesses. (She was not involved with the development of this prototype site.)
Cindy started her career in the mail room of Inland Steel in 1974. She rose quickly through a variety of positions, to the role of VP of Finance and Purchasing. She retired after leading the company’s $1.4 billion sale to Accelor Mittal, and within months, Cindy successfully campaigned and was elected to public office. She is currently serving her 5th consecutive term as a Trustee for the Village of Frankfort, a Chicago suburb famous for its thriving small businesses. She joined Team liftUPlift in March, 2015, when she helped cofound liftUPlift Worldwide, our affiliated nonprofit organization.
Director of Makers Alliance
Melissa earned her BA in Fashion Merchandising, and after graduation, she worked for online fashion powerhouse, Revolve, in Los Angeles. Seeking more meaningful work in a more uplifting environment, Melissa found liftUPlift and joined our team in April, 2016. She has consistently blown us away ever since. As a relationship manager, her intangible assets and talents are what make her uniquely qualified for her role: Highly intelligent, easy to trust, phenomenal work ethic and unrelenting positivity.