About Us

The Upendos


We are a family of Authors, Entrepenuers, Inventors & Humanist. We love books so much, we decided to publish our own stories! Here you will find those stories and be able to follow our journey on publishing new stories. 

Alex Hart-Upendo


Alex Hart-Upendo published his first book at 9 years old titled " Bullies Bowties And Brilliant Alex". He is an award winning Social Entrepenuer and Founder of Build-A-Bow, a bow tie retailer specializing in the most creative and artistic bows for any occasion. Alex rose to fame after Founding the company at just 9 years old, being Autistic and bullied he wrote his first book to bring awarness to bullying and youth entrepenuership. 

Karee Upendo


 Karee Upendo is the "Mom"ager of all operations from their budding fashion retail business Build-A-Bow to their Entrepenuer Academy Build-Up. She has spent 10+ years in the fashion industry running her high fashion couture brand called Karee Couture before retiring in 2017 to work full time for Build-A-Bow. She has a background in business but has always loved to write, publishing her first book about a girl longing to fit in titled

 "Dyshannas story" at 12 years old. Heading the PR team for their business, writing buzz articles for Huffington post and Bored Panda are amongst some of her accolades. She is an award winning Humanist and Entrepenuer always finding ways to give back through her tenure of building a family empire. 

Avery Upendo


Avery Upendo is Chief Operating Officer for Build-A-Bow, and one of the Founders of the Entreprenuer Academy Build-Up started by the family. He is co-Author of the book " My Black" . 

Aven Upendo


 Aven Upendo is the second youngest Upendo. Currently he is a Brand Ambassador for the Family business and a signed contracted print model. You will see him often in our book advertisement as well as business marketing. He loves to read and has just published his first book " Poke-Shake-Tilt" an interactive children's book.