About rise

About Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise – rise

Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise (rise) is a US registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and manages the social responsibility program for BOND Events. After 7 years of working in Southern & Eastern Africa, having experienced how under resourced local social entrepreneurs are in rural and semi-rural environments, Daniela Gusman teamed up with Oliver Needs, BOND Events’ president, to found rise.

Formed in 2016, rise believes in the importance of a world where sustainable social businesses, created by local social entrepreneurs, are provided with resources, knowledge, and the professional community needed to be successful and transformational in their communities.

Through our professional network in the design and architecture industry, rise links aspiring social entrepreneurs in vulnerable communities in low income sub-Saharan African countries to essential resources they don’t otherwise have access to in their local communities.   Resources provided include start-up funding, business skills, and mentorship. By working directly with individuals and their communities in a holistic manner, we aim to develop training and solutions that can address local needs and contribute to economic development.  

Additionally, rise seeks to solve the poor quality and lack of infrastructure outside of most African capital cities by bringing local skilled labour to work on architecture projects in rural areas thus improving the construction know-how within local communities. We aim to bridge the disconnect between trades people and professionals, bringing them together through a program called in loco that uses locally sourced talent and materials, striving to create an entrepreneurial mindset.

About BOND Events

BOND Events underwrites rise’s operational costs so that rise can be a self-funding organization. This means that 100% of donations go directly to rise‘s social business and community development programs.

BOND Events hosts 1-to-1 meetings and forums for the world’s leading Principal Architects, Interior Designers and Specifiers. BOND Events bring together leading professionals from the Architecture and Design communities in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, fostering a networked community within manufacturing and solution provider companies.

As the pioneer in this sector, BOND developed an online matchmaking platform that produces pre-scheduled meetings for all event participants using an algorithm. The platform enables attendees to select whom they would like to meet with in order of priority and compiles personalized meeting schedules with a convenient meeting location. BOND has given rise proprietary rights to the software to offer it to conferences and event planners in the social enterprise sector. Learn more

BOND Events Ltd is a UK registered company and BOND Events Corporation is a USA (Florida) registered Corporation.