Monica Shafaq, the CEO of West Bromwich based mental health and wellbeing charity, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, has been named as a finalist in TechRound’s BAME 50 Under 50, which ranks the top 50 BAME-driven and founded businesses and start-ups in the UK, praised for their innovation and contribution to the UK’s fast-growing start-up scene, whilst smashing social barriers along the way.
The announcement follows over 500 applications and a week of judging from an expert panel including Linda Plant; successful entrepreneur and renowned interviewer on BBC’s The Apprentice, as well as Rajeeb Dey, co-Founder of Learnebly and Startup Britain, Kike Oniwinde, Former Team GB athlete and CEO of BYP Network and Bindi Karia, the UK’s ‘Queen of Start-ups.’
TechRound is the UK’s leading voice for start-up news and opinions and the BAME50 Under 50 highlights the diversity and success in the UK start-up and business sectors, with people from all walks of life and from all nature of backgrounds demonstrating their ingenuity and creativity. TechRound remains the best place in the UK to showcase the talent and progress in the start-up and tech industry.
Monica Shafaq is responsible for the overall strategic, operational and financial management of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group charity and has led the charity to be included in the prestigious Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ every year since 2015. The charity CEO made the list amongst Moonpig’s CEO Nickyl Raithatha, Missguided’s CEO Nitin Passi and Zoom’s Founder, Jamal Edwards.
Committed to promoting the role of women and Black and Minority Ethnic individuals in leadership roles, she has previously chaired the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisation’s national Black and Asian Leadership Special Interest Group and also works closely with the Football Association to increase Asian female inclusion in football.
Speaking about her nomination, Monica Shafaq said, “I’ve dedicated much of my career to inspiring BAME females into leadership positions, so I’m completely honoured to have made the BAME 50 under 50 list myself, especially alongside some huge names like Nitin Passi and Jamal Edwards.”
“As women, and particularly as Asian women, we face many challenges and have a number of expectations placed upon us but this shouldn’t stop us from following our dreams and ambitions.”
TechRound co-Founder Daniel Tannenbaum commented, “The BAME50 Under 50 is set to be a game-changer and will promote those individuals who have fought harder than most to succeed and their stories will outline their journeys. As we are well aware, BAME entrepreneurs have historically been underfunded and underrepresented and this list’s purpose is to help change the status quo.”
“We want to celebrate people from all backgrounds and businesses of all sizes and this list will be a testament to those individuals who are diversifying the UK’s start-up landscape.”