Shello’s simple goal is to help women find an answer to any question anonymously or as themselves, and create a safe space to explore their ideas, opinions and interests. The warmth of the community on Shello and their willingness to help and support others means new connections are a beautiful by-product of what we do. So we’re a community, not just a platform.
The app launched in beta in 2018 and was founded by entrepreneur Sanchita Saha. Her experiences studying Maths and working in Technology, and the struggle she faced in finding a network of women who were doing the same to turn to for advice and support, inspired her to develop a platform and community for women to find and share knowledge in confidence.
Recognising that women today lead busy and multi-faceted lives, her vision was to create a single platform for women to ask for help or information about any aspect of their lives - from work, finances, family and relationships to travelling, gaming, fitness, fertility and everything in between - and quickly crowd-source advice and information from a global and experienced female network.
Also, online communities can be toxic environments for women and Shello has been designed as an antidote to this, with a thoughtful and compassionate community that supports and advises without the abuse, judgement and harassment that women often receive online today.
As well as female empowerment, Sanchita is passionate about people connections. She founded her first startup Citysocializer, an online to offline friendship site and community tackling the issue of loneliness for young professionals, in 2009. Raising £1.5m from investors including PROfounders Capital and EC1 Capital, Citysocializer is still active today in cities including London and New York.
Throughout 2017 a growing number of women were joining Citysocializer to connect with women-only groups and, after interviewing women from both inside and outside the community, the findings validated her vision for Shello.