Step Up Together
We make each other stronger
The thought of Step Up Together came when I would head outdoors to squeeze in a quick workout during Melbourne’s stage-4 lockdown. The pandemic brought abeyance to every corner of earth and we humans were coerced into a long hiatus. Melbourne suddenly looked so unimaginable to each and every one of us. The once buzzing cafes were left with an eerie look with no customers or tables. Busy streets as empty as an echo were once filled with shoppers, food trucks and night markets. This sense of standstill incited me to help those who were affected the most during this time: our local businesses. Several weeks of brainstorming sessions with my techie spouse, market research and hundreds of pages of notes finally sprouted Step Up Together. Our goal is to help reinstate a sustainable cash-flow to small businesses and build a reliable and strong ecosystem.
Hello, I'm Shweta
A management graduate with dual specialisation in finance and insurance & banking. Previously a banker in India for nearly a decade before graduating to a dedicated mother of a five year old girl and a homemaker. I repositioned to Australia soon after my daughter’s birth in 2015, enroute my spouses’ professional expedition. In my career, I was associated with HSBC and HDFC banks and evaluated domestic enterprises of varied sizes. This experience coupled with being born into a family of businessmen and women always gave a sense of entrepreneurship, belongingness and empathy for business owners. Confidence and eagerness to discover life through the eyes of my five-year-old motivates and makes me stronger every day and is another immense source of inspiration for Step Up Together. She recently learnt the Aboriginal Song – Ngaya Naba (meaning My Family or Our Family) which ends with ‘Together we are much more strong’. This made me certain to bring up my second offspring Step Up Together.