Sheeza Shah is using technology to improve access to funding for entrepreneurs building solutions to social injustice, climate change, global poverty, illiteracy and more. 

Sheeza speaking on Islamic Finance at DazzleCon in Portland, US

Sheeza speaking at DazzleCon in Portland, US

About UpEffect 

UpEffect sits in between venture capital and bootstrapping for underserved founders. On a mission to tackle low success rates and harmful products plaguing the $2 billion crowdfunding industry, UpEffect’s unique crowdfunding support model has driven their 95-percent campaign success rate, helping founders build sustainable enterprises and raise capital directly from socially conscious customers. 

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UpEffect, Thraedable, Behind The Netra and Indy Hothi were invited to the BBC Studio to discuss their Passports campaign 

About Sheeza

Frustrated by disparities in social wealth distribution and funders prioritising conventional products over impactful solutions, Sheeza launched UpEffect in 2016 to equip social entrepreneurs with tools to turn their ideas into ventures. UpEffect’s unique crowdfunding support model has driven its 95% campaign success rate, helping founders build sustainable enterprises and raise capital directly from socially conscious customers.

Sheeza is a leading voice on alternative business and capital structures and her work has been covered widely including being named in Forbes’ “20 Tech-for-Social-Good Startups to Watch,” the Financial Times’ “Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in UK Tech,” Computer Weekly’s “Most Influential Women in UK Tech” and Asians in Tech’s “Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech.”

Sheeza has guest lectured at Warwick Business School and UCL. She received an MSc from The University of Nottingham in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship with a Distinction.

Sheeza speaking at Ernst & Young on Fintech and Islamic Finance 

Speaking Engagements 

Sheeza has delivered talks around the world and has spoken at:

  • Deloitte, London
  • Baringa Partners, London
  • Kings College London
  • Islam Channel, London
  • PwC, London
  • Global Islamic Economy Summit, Dubai
  • Ernst & Young, London
  • London Fintech Week, London
  • NESTA, London
  • University of Warwick Business School, Warwick
  • UCL, London
  • London Business School, London
  • LSE, London
  • Skoll World Forum Marmalade at University of Oxford
  • Pfizer, Lisbon, Portugal
  • BBC Radio, London
  • The University of Arts, London
  • Voice of Islam, London
  • DazzleCon, Portland, USA
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Muslamic Makers, London
  • Muslim Lifestyle Show, London
  • Women Economic Forum, London
  • Startup Europe Week, London 


Sheeza is a contributing writer in ‘Perspectives on Impact’ by Nina Montgomery. Features chapters by Jacqueline Novogratz, Farah Ramzan Golant and Leila Janah. The book was endorsed by Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus. She has also written for The Guardian, Thomson ReutersVirgin and Huffington Post


To book Sheeza to speak about Crowdfunding, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Islamic Finance, Leadership, Careers, Technology or Founder Stories, email your request to sheeza [at]