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Speaker: Zahra Qureshi (she/her)
Zahra Qureshi works with changemakers and founders to support their passion for positive impact on people, communities and the planet. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) committed to doing business with heart, she launched Optinum Professional Corporation with a mission to reduce the overwhelm and stress caused by accounting systems, finance concepts and impact planning tools. As a coach and consultant, Zahra brings 12+ years of experience to help entrepreneurs and changemakers build confidence and strategic clarity for achieving financial sustainability, powerful growth, and positive social change. Optinum’s support includes outsourced services for finance/accounting and social impact management, strategic coaching for building these processes internally, financial analysis for growth-oriented organizations, and securing and managing grant funding. We are proud to serve a client portfolio working on 10 of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2020, Zahra founded Social Venture Circuit with the vision to build a community of social enterprises that could grow and learn together. She is also the community leader for Startup Social Enterprise at Startup Canada, bringing social enterprise resources to entrepreneurs across Canada. These programs have supported many social entrepreneurs to learn and connect.
Zahra shares her passion and knowledge through workshops and mentorship at 15+ entrepreneurship programs across Canada, covering topics such as accounting basics for new founders, financial empowerment, getting funding, the power of budgeting, and creating an impact blueprint.
Indigenous business training program created by RedBird Circle Inc. in partnership with University of Toronto Libraries, ICUBE UTM and The Bridge at UTSC
An experiential learning program for anyone with a great idea who wants to make it happen.
A boutique-style program to support your business development and help you grow.
A student-led creative studio with intends to serve the prototyping and design needs of our ventures and small businesses in our community.