For helping build social enterprises from the global Muslim community

Co-founder and COO
Amany Killawi
Detroit, MI
Financial Services

"Ask yourself: What's the cheapest and fastest way you can get your idea up and running?" says Amany Killawi, the co-founder of LaunchGood, a crowdfunding site for social enterprises from the global Muslim community. Killawi, a former social worker and youth organizer, was determined not to be bound by her college major: "Just because you've studied math or social work, that doesn't mean that's all you can do," she says. Her insistence on cheap and fast powered her through two fundraising trips, netting a total of $10,000. That let her build "a really crappy, bad first version of our platform," says Killawi. Since 2013, LaunchGood has connected one million users to 17,000 campaigns, raising $155.6 million for everything from modest women's wear brands to Eid toy drives to Muslim mental health programs. Says Killawi: "Sometimes, that first run at building something feels really awkward. You have to let yourself sit in the awkwardness." --Kate Rockwood

Other Inc. Honors

  1. 2020
  2. 2020