Meet our team
Uprise.Africa is driven by a team whose combined experience
contributes a wealth of knowledge across the Crowdfunding and Entrepreneurial landscape.
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 is the owner of one of South Africa’s leading Crowdfunding companies ThundaFund and believes that “doing good is good business”. His passion for Entrepreneurship and driving growth through innovation in Africa has been recognised in his selection as the winner of the ‘TopBilling – Entrepreneur of the Year 2007/8’ and his selection as the Ernst &Young /Schwab Foundation ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ for South Africa & Africa 2008/09. Patrick Schofield speaks regularly on disruptive financial instruments, entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Since its launch in 2013, Thundafund has Crowdfunded a total of R14 million and has been a pioneer in launching the African Crowdfunding Association. He is also the CEO of Backabuddy,SA leading Donation Crowdfunding platform and has invested in a number of successful social enterprises in South Africa.
Vuyisa Qabaka heads up partnership and investor relations at Uprise Africa. He is also a startup advisor and angel investor with investments in fintech, traveltech, e-commerce and agriculture startups. He has travelled extensively to various startup ecosystems globally and his contribution to the local tech ecosystem includes the SA Business Angels Network (SABAN),The Bandwidth Barn, SiMODiSA, Ventureburn and the Business Report, were is a regular contributor and freelance columnist.
Inge Prins launched her career in advertising and gained experience working with diverse teams across several local and international brands like Sanlam, Unilever and Sun International. She believes brand communication is an integral part of business success. After completing a MBA at the Graduate School of Business – UCT in 2016 she served on the Woman and Business Committee and Tschomi Programme supporting the Raymond Ackerman Foundation. She has since broadened her interest in business development through an understanding of building strong business networks and the importance of mentorship in the South African business landscape. With her wealth of experience in the marketing space she serves as the CMO of Uprise.Africa.
David has over 22 years experience in various industries where IT has played a role. His expertise amalgamates the essence of systems analysis and design, development and leadership within the IT realm. While starting his career in aviation, he is qualified in Information Technology and come to share his knowledge and experience through consulting on various projects and levels. He is passionate about what he does, enjoying the satisfaction of success and the enthusiasm of the people with whom he works. He believes in people, their abilities and seeing their dreams become reality.
Bilal’s background has involved running digital marketing strategies and campaigns for B2B and B2C companies such as Osiris Trading and Spartan Technology Rentals. His User Experience knowledge coupled with his ability to develop buyer’s journey and persona have lead him to his role as CCE at Uprise Africa. With a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management and Marketing, creating true value for our clientele is a challenge he has embraced.
Content and Social Media Manager
Nicole’s expertise in content creation and social analytics contributes to Uprise.Africa’s competitive advantage in the digital world. She has combined her passion for digital media and drive for SME development to produce a content rich digital strategy that will contribute to Uprise.Africa’s development of the South African SME sector through Equity Crowdfunding. Being a tech guru, she is well versed in SEO, web development, social network analytics, content creation and google analytics.
Diana’s passion for creativity and the online world has lead her to explore the spheres of event coordination, media and marketing, social media, PR and most recently entrepreneurship. In the process she has observed and experienced how entrepreneurs need more support, more funding options, more marketing- this is the value of equity crowdfunding as it innovatively fulfils all of these roles and like a chameleon has learnt to adapt to our ever changing environment.
A Wits Graduate, Mbali has always had her eyes to the stars, but her feet on the ground. Mbali’s interest in international economics was uncovered during her studies at Wits, where she pursued a degree majoring in quantitative economics, international relations and political science. But Mbali’s ability to empathise and understand a client’s needs, while connecting them with the product they need to use has enabled her to become an experienced and respected Relationship Manager at Uprise Africa, who consistently ensures our customers are well taken care of.
Ivonnie is a charismatic and proactive strategist who has enjoyed a career in Marketing and Sales in various sectors of industry from Finance, Insurance, Hospitality/Tourism to FMCGs. Her London Chamber of Commerce and Industry diploma in Marketing and work experience has given her flexibility and diversity in skills and application. Ivonnie’s passion is in meeting Investors and entrepreneurs face to face because she believes nothing can ever replace the warmth and value of human interface. She is part of the Johannesburg Uprise.Africa team.
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.
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.