Meet our Founders

Uprise Africa is driven by our visionary founders whose combined experience contributes a wealth of knowledge across the

Crowdfunding and Entrepreneurial landscape.

Tabassum Qadir

Tabassum Qadir

Co-Founder and CEO

Tabassum Qadir is the CEO of Uprise.Africa. She is also the chairperson of Uprise Markets which is an authorised Financial services provider based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Being a strategist, innovator and visionary leader she believes in the future of Equity Crowdfunding in South Africa. She is the former chair of Skywise Airline that she co-founded as a 100% female owned low-cost airline in 2014. She believes in empowering marginalised stakeholders, especially women. She is a dynamic female leader with a background in diversified business operations in Africa.

Patrick Schofield

Patrick Schofield

Co-founder

Co-Founder of Uprise.Africa. Patrick is a pioneer of crowdfunding in Africa & a founder of a number of companies, including Thundafund and BackaBuddy Technologies.

Join the Uprise.Africa Team Today!

We are looking for the crazy ones that want to change the world to join us in Sandton, Johannesburg. If you’re just looking for a job, this isn’t for you.

Uprise Fund Board of Directors :

 

Prabir Badal

Prabir Badal

Board Chairman

Prabir served as a Deputy Chairperson of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), Chairperson of Finance Audit Committee of GEPF and a member of the Investment Committee of GEPF.

Colin Mkhonza

Colin Mkhonza

CEO of the South African Chemical Technology Business Incubator. He has previously acted as the CEO of the eGoliBIO Incubator.

Palesa Ngomeza

Palesa Ngomeza

Palesa is a Senior Audit Manager at BDO South Africa, in Cape Town and forms part of BDO’s Innovation Forum.

Patrick Schofield

Patrick Schofield

Co-founder

Co-Founder of Uprise.Africa. Patrick is a pioneer of crowdfunding in Africa & a founder of a number of companies, including Thundafund and BackaBuddy Technologies.

Samukelo Zwane

Samukelo Zwane

FNB Head of Product, Wealth and Investment Management . Samukelo strongly believes in the power of a high-performance culture.

Vuyisa Qabaka

Vuyisa Qabaka

Vuyisa is a startup advisor and angel investor with investments in fintech, traveltech, e-commerce and agriculture startups.

Get to know our platform partners

 

Uprise.Africa is built from the base of a network of established support organisations that provide the required regulatory, compliance and administration structures.

 

Risk warning

 

Investing in early stage businesses and startups can be very rewarding but comes with its risks and challenges. These risks include dilution, illiquidity, loss of investment and rarity of dividends which is why investment should only occur as part of a diversified portfolio. Uprise.Africa is targeted specifically at sophisticated Investors who are sufficiently aware of these
risks and make informed decisions. As an Investor, you will only be able to invest via Uprise.Africa once you have passed our application process and registered on our platform.

Pitches by Entrepreneurs for investment are not offers to the general public as only registered members of Uprise.Africa can invest into Uprise.Africa and mandate Uprise.Africa to invest that money into the particular Entrepreneur, based on information provided in the pitches by the Entrepreneurs concerned. Uprise.Africa takes no responsibility for this information or any recommendations or opinions expressed by the Entrepreneurs or Investors.

Uprise.Africa is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (no.46236)