Rajeev Circle is a prestigious fellowship, held every year in Palo Alto, San Francisco. 6 participants from Pakistan will be joining the cohort this year. These include two participants from PlanX: Eisha Zeb, Assistant Program Manager and Head of Strategic Global Partnerships; and Qasim Salam, founder of CampusFeed. Other Fellows include Ali Murtaza of Makeistan, Usama Abid, founder and CEO at DIY GEEKS, Hina Tariq, COO at DIY GEEKS and Hamza Munir, Chief Design Officer (CDO) at DIY GEEKS. These Fellows are in Silicon Valley in May to take part in the three weeks Fellowship.
The Rajeev Circle
Rajeev Circle is the brainchild of the late Prof Rajeev Motwani and his wife Asha Jadeja Motwani, who is currently at the helm of group’s affairs. The group’s overarching vision is to trigger disruptive ideas, activities and technologies so as to have a remedial impact on problems in the developing world.
The Rajeev Circle Fellowship has been benefiting young entrepreneurs from this part of the world by linking them closely to the Silicon Valley. Since its inception in 2009, the group has invested in some notable companies, such as Google, Paypal, Cisco, Pinterest and Gogo, to name a few.
Additionally the group also provides invaluable mentor-ship through its Fellowship programs, which are operated by virtue of a vast volunteer network. Thus, being a venture capitalist and a mentor, the group has a lasting influence on some of the market’s biggest giants of today.The attendees of the Fellowship are supported by a volunteer Rajeev Circle group in every regard regular video meetings, business plan polishing, connecting to venture capitalists and angel investors and advice on exit options.
Its an encouraging platform for Pakistani and Indian youth to become better enablers and innovators back home. The link between the Silicon Valley and our developing ecosystem is absolutely necessary. Pakistani Startups have been actively participating in global forums and fellowships. This however does mean that now maybe a good time to evaluate the impact these programs and fellowships have on these startups. It would be ideal to understand the process of value addition so that other local platfroms could provide similar services to those who cant avail such opportunities.