Sheeza Shah is using technology to launch and fund companies creating transformative social and environmental change. She is often found championing conscious capitalism and social entrepreneurship at universities, business leadership events and various other platforms through her work at UpEffect.

Sheeza speaking on Islamic Finance at DazzleCon in Portland, US

Sheeza speaking at DazzleCon in Portland, US

About UpEffect 

We're a small team building technology to launch products addressing today's biggest problems including social injustice, climate change, global poverty, illiteracy and more. UpEffect is a crowdfunding and support platform for companies dedicated to improving lives and the planet. We founded UpEffect to eliminate the biggest problems plaguing the $2B crowdfunding industry: low success rates and harmful products. 

Our company has become the go-to platform for entrepreneurs who are driven not by how much money they can make, but how many lives they can impact. Using crowdfunding as our foundation, our team offers entrepreneurs hands-on support to launch our campaigns, ensuring that these social-good companies are primed for success. To date, our enterprise-solution approach and campaign-consultant model has driven a 100% success rate at securing funding for our social enterprises, launching thousands of ethical products and impacting lives across ten countries.

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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 the disparities in social wealth distribution and investors prioritising harmful conventional businesses over ethical businesses, Sheeza used her Computer Science background to create a dedicated space for conscious products to launch and thrive. In 2016, Sheeza and Sharjeel founded UpEffect to cultivate a space that allowed entrepreneurs with the potential to have a profound impact on the world to turn ideas into real ventures. 

Sheeza has been named to Financial Times Top 100 BAME Leaders in UK Tech, Computer Weekly’s 2018 ‘Most Influential Women in Tech’, Computer Weekly’s 2018 ‘Most Influential Women in Tech’, Asians in Tech’s ‘Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2018′ and CauseArtist’s ’37 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017′. She’s also an Asian Women of Achievement Nominee.

She received an MSc from The University of Nottingham in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship with a Distinction and currently lives in Kent, UK.

Sheeza speaking at Ernst & Young on Fintech and Islamic Finance 

Speaking Engagements 

In the last two years, Sheeza has delivered talks around the world and has spoken at:

  • 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 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]