Trestle Group Foundation is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and expanding sustainable economic opportunities in developing and emerging economies by supporting high potential women-led businesses.


Built on a new model of nonprofit support, and guided by the belief that entrepreneurship fuels the engine that drives economic opportunity, growth and social progress, Trestle Group Foundation works to empower women entrepreneurs in emerging economies.


High-potential women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies.

The Importance of Women’s Entrepreneurship

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are key drivers of both economic opportunity and development. SMEs:

  • Encourage private ownership
  • Spur innovation
  • Create employment
  • Generate commercial activity
  • Deliver economic benefits

Women’s entrepreneurship – with its unlimited potential – is a vital contributor to economic expansion within this important sector. Successful women-led SMEs provide more than just a financial stimulus within these growing economies – they promote social progress and change.


Trestle Group Foundation has supported women-led companies – across industries and business sectors – in Bangladesh, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Jordan, Kenya, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda.

International Exposure And Awareness

Through integrated awareness efforts including positioning and participation at key global conferences, high-impact short films, customized events, traditional and social media outreach, Trestle Group Foundation strives to raise significant awareness about the important role women entrepreneurs play in developing and emerging economies. And how leading organizations are helping these women succeed.


Trestle Group Foundation has been fortunate to earn the support of leading organizations including: a- connect, Advocates for International Development (A4ID), COFRA Foundation, Credit Suisse, Gübelin, HCL Technologies, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Odgers Berndtson, PepsiCo, Swisscontact, Symphasis, Triumph International, UBS, Voices for Innovation, World Conservation Union (IUCN), amongst others.


Established in 2005, Trestle Group Foundation is a registered tax-exempt (No. CH-440.018.28-4), nonprofit, private Swiss foundation without any political or religious affiliations.