Near-peer mentorship

Our mentorship programme is modelled off of near-peer mentorship because we have seen firsthand how successful it can be and the positive impact it can have, when facilitated effectively.

Near-peer mentorship is where mentors are an average of 3-5 years ahead of a mentee, or just a couple of life stages ahead of them. This form of mentoring results in highly relevant advice and enhances both the mentor and mentee’s ability to relate to one another. 

Additionally, we have designed our programmes with the idea of ‘giving and receiving’ whereby women can be and receive mentorship simultaneously. As people, we have an innate desire to give back, but we also have a desire to learn, so we’re offering the opportunity to do both. This is where our name – OneUpOneDown – came from.

We're on a mission

To facilitate meaningful connections and make great advice more accessible

Who you currently know shouldn’t be a boundary for your potential to grow. We believe meaningful connections and great advice can be key to personal and professional growth, so are on mission to make it more accessible, and ensure every woman gets the support they want and need. Through the simple act of facilitating these meaningful connections, we believe we can have a remarkable impact on the lives of 1 million women.

Meet the founders


Natalie Robinson

Co-founder and CEO

After leaving the corporate world to start her own company in 2015, Natalie spent 4 years building a community and providing support to other early-stage entrepreneurs. Seeing how small ‘micro-connections’ with the right people can transform someone’s world is what inspired her to start working on OneUpOneDown.


Dzhuliana Nikolova​

Co-founder and CTO

Dzhuliana is passionate about developing emotional intelligence and personal development programmes. She was inspired by OneUpOneDown’s mission to change the way people communicate and to support women in developing into great role models for others hence why she joined the team.

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