Sheeza Shah
Sheeza Shah

Founder and CEO at UpEffect, a crowdfunding and support platform for companies improving the planet and human lives.

What Makes Crowdfunding a Vital Tool for Social Entrepreneurs?

Though an early-stage social enterprise should prioritise bootstrapping as its means of financial sustenance, for some, this is not always a viable option. Converting some ideas into businesses can be capital-intensive, particularly those dependent on expensive production, research and development. This is why crowdfunding is becoming the go-to option for so many entrepreneurs, including those launching a social enterprise.  Traditionally, …

The Social Enterprise Industry Needs More Muslim Fashion Brands

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In 2013, the fashion industry saw one of the worst tragedies in history – the Rana Plaza complex, a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed and took the lives of 1,134 garment workers and injured 2,500 more. The factories operating in this building made clothes for well-known international brands. This devastating incident accelerated the rise in a new movement — the …

Build a Business, Not a Startup

For the longest time, I bought into the “exciting” startup life — colossal valuations, 80–100 hour work weeks with no time for interactions with family or friends, seed rounds, Series A, B, C investments, burnt out founders, no sleep, no time to eat, unnecessary hires, beautiful offices with “incredible team culture”, the same culture that disappears when you’re offered a …

Why you are never "too young" to launch a startup

For many years, it was a common misapprehension that an individual’s ability to create impact and his or her age were mutually dependent. Fortunately, this is now changing as the younger generation is going against the norm and breaking countless barriers. Winning a Nobel prize was once reserved for the “mature” generation, but last year 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai stunned the …

Inspiring Individuals and Communities to Create Social Value

History has conveyed that certainly one of the most sustainable and powerful instruments for empowering global development has been education. Community workers and philanthropists who have dedicated their lives to serving poverty-stricken areas across the world have universally agreed that education has been the only long-term resolution for getting communities on their feet.   Indeed, education is a powerful weapon …

Cultivating Entrepreneurship and Education in Developing Countries to Spike Economic Growth

Let’s start off with a little exercise: try to analyse your life for a few minutes and identify the learning opportunities available in your environment. Try to think of the number of people that are or have been acting as mentors, the inspiration you can find in your surroundings and the number of supporters that help you through the steps …