Entrepreneur Ayesha Ofori has launched a UK female property investment network in a mission to empower historically underrepresented groups.
The PropElle Network gives women the tools they need to be able to gain financial and lifestyle independence. For some women that means having a stable second income; for others, it’s saving returns made on property investments.
The community empowers women to invest confidently at all levels, whether by direct property investments, through crowdfunding, or by starting their own property portfolios or property related businesses.
PropElle offers property education, practical advice and guidance to help any woman invest in property, no matter their background or circumstance, whether they have £100, £100,000 or more.
Founder Ayesha Ofori aims to help women through inspirational speaker events, workshops, seminars, direct property investment and crowdfunding opportunities, a focus on women’s wellbeing and mental health, mentoring, and networking.
Ofori, 34, was the first of her family to complete University. She has an MSci in Physics from Imperial College and an MBA from London Business School. She was recently named in Management Today’s 35 women under 35 list of young, female talent.
Ofori is also an experienced wealth adviser, having worked for firms such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, where she was an Executive Director and one of their most senior black women in a client facing role in Europe.
This year, Ofori also launched the Black Property Network.
“Lack of investments is one of the biggest barriers to wealth that women face and up to 70% of millennial women are not investing their money at all,” said Ofori. “In my experience, not investing comes from lack of opportunity, not knowing the options that are available to you and being afraid to speak up and ask.
“Property investment has long been perceived as accessible only to high net worth individuals and typically men. It’s time that changed. It is my goal to show women they are capable of investing in property at all levels of investment.”