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We’re helping artists take charge of their money.

For creatives, by creatives. Sai is here to help.

Sai is a startup on a mission to help artists + creatives take charge of their money.

As creatives and artists ourselves, we know the impact taking charge of your money can have on your mental health, career growth, and ability to focus on your craft.

With decades of individual experience in arts leadership, business development, and computer engineering, the Sai team is in a unique position to to remove the stress, overwhelm, and confusion that artists face when it comes to all things money.

It doesn’t have to be this hard.

Are you a self-employed artist or creative who HATES managing finances?!

We hear you. We’ve heard from hundreds of our artist and creative colleagues that managing money is too complicated, that your taxes are a mess, that you really wish someone would take care of it all for you – but alas, you don’t have bags of 💰 lying around to hire a team of finance peeps.

So how does this work?

WOW! 🤩 In light of the overwhelming response we’ve received, the waitlist for Sai to file your 2022 tax return is now closed. But wait! This is just the start of our journey. Next up will be the launch of a NEW solution that makes filing your 2023 taxes easier, faster, and fun-er. Don’t miss out. Join our mailing list + be the first to know when we go LIVE! 🎉

Even organizing my receipts? It sounds too good to be true!

This project is our first step towards helping you take charge of your money. But eventually, we want to help you manage your expenses, track your income, file your taxes and grant reports, and even give you 24/7 personalized financial advice and wisdom.

Questions? Drop us a line at or book a call with us here

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Who's Behind This?

Owais Lightwala

Co-founder and CEO

Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, co-founder and former MD Why Not Theatre, 12 years experience as arts and culture leader.

Mustafa Petiwala

Co-founder and CTO

Computer engineer with 10 years of engineering and leadership experience at Intel, Amazon and Veeva.

Ming-Bo Lam

CX Lead

MMIE Graduate, 10+ years in business development and marketing, plus management and operations.


Natasha Qureshi


15 years progressive leadership experience in CPG and Fintech in Canada, UK, USA, and Pakistan. Computer Science, MBA, and Fulbright scholar.

Aïko Thurlow


10 years entrepreneurship experience and CEO of InFounders. Previously Associate Director at York University, Program Director at Shad Canada, and special advisor for Seneca College.

Allie Harvey


Program Manager at ArtReach with 10 years experience in Toronto's non-profit/ community arts sector.

Riyaz Dharamshi


Technology entrepreneur with 15 years of tech and leadership experience at Amazon and TELUS.

Sai is being built by a team based in Tkaronto, that has been the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. We are grateful to have the privilege of sharing these lands and are committed to doing our part to stewarding them for future generations.

Sai received development funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.