Founded in Chicago by Corielle Laaspere and Rachel Jones in 2014, liftUPlift is on a mission to empower women worldwide. liftUPlift.com, the Women Power Platform, features a global marketplace populated exclusively by women-owned businesses. liftUPlift Worldwide 501(c)3, is dedicated to ending violence against women.
Women have immense spending power, so we make it easy for consumers to support entrepreneurial women, who are creating countless new products that improve the lives of women and families. We emphasize those innovations created by women to empower women, everything from wearable technology to organic tampons.
At least 10% of every transaction in our marketplace benefits our nonprofit, liftUPlift Worldwide 501(c)3. Our nonprofit programs empower good people to speak up and take action to prevent sexual violence in their communities. We also collaborate with and support nonprofit partners around the world that shelter and uplift survivors of sexual violence.
I have always been so proud to be a woman.
I owe that to my Mom, a very great and successful self-made woman, who has always used her power to uplift others. In college, I earned bachelors’ degrees in Sociology and Global Systems and a Masters’ degree in Strategic Public Relations, always focusing my academic energies on the past, present and future of women’s empowerment. After graduation, I worked as a business and marketing consultant for women-led businesses and organizations focused on serving women. Through it all, I recognized the pattern of women using their power for good.
Powerful women create the change they want to see in the world.
Women reinvest 90% of their earnings in their families and communities. I have learned that, as business owners, women are socially and environmentally responsible, and they are proactive in forming charitable partnerships. Female entrepreneurs play a positive sum game with the world, and that is exactly what humanity needs now.
Business is the most powerful force on earth.
Entrepreneurship is the “final frontier,” and women have substantial financial barriers to overcome as entrepreneurs. Though over 60% of new US businesses since 2002 were started by women, female entrepreneurs receive less than 3% of US venture capital, and women’s approval rates for business loans are 20% below the national average.
Women control over 70% of global consumer purchasing power.
I want to make it easy for consumers to shop from women-owned businesses. I have a few reasons for that as a woman and a consumer. First, I want more access to products designed by women for women. I also want to be able to use my purchasing power to create the change that I want to see in the world, which definitely means empowering myself and other women. I know women worldwide are ready to lift themselves up and uplift one another, and all they need is the technology.
That’s what inspired me to create liftUPlift.
Renaissance Women Council
Members of the Renaissance Women Council are helping liftUPlift build a diverse international alliance of women makers and entrepreneurs. These women work along side our team at liftUPlift to create a community where women entrepreneurs thrive and young girls can be inspired.