We support the maker movement, informal education, and women’s rights philanthropically through the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, with a particular focus on India, Pakistan, and Africa.
Rajeev Circle is a volunteer group started by late Prof Rajeev Motwani’s friends and family in 2009. The group’s mission is to help create and mentor technology entrepreneurs for building the next generation web. The group has roughly 300 members from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, MIT, Google, and various portfolio companies Rajeev and his wife Asha Jadeja have funded over the last 12 years. The extended group meets roughly once every 2 months.
Rajeev Circle Fellowships
Rajeev Circle Fellowship is designed to create, mentor and empower young entrepreneurs from the developing world and have them be linked closely to the Silicon Valley in California. We believe that the Valley will be a significant force in unleashing the creative potential of entrepreneurs from places where innovation may not have a strong support system. We immerse our Fellows (who we might call warriors soon) in the Valley and set them up with a permanent location in the Bay Area. They leave after their 2 to 3 week Fellowship empowered and confident in the knowledge that they now have “family” in bay area. They will be supported by our volunteer Rajeev Circle group in every regard – regular video meetings, business plan polishing, connecting to VC and angel friends, future visits, and advice on exit options.
Our dream is to spark off disruptive ideas, activities and technologies through our entrepreneurs and have a massive impact on problems in the developing world.
Fablab CEPT Ahmedabad
A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything". FabLab CEPT was established in January 2014 and is co-run by CEPT University and The Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation. Over 3500 students + makers visit the FabLab each year. CEPT is planning an expansion of the FabLab to a 15,000 square foot workshop that focuses on 3D printing and robotics. Dates for the expansion are to be announced.
Maker Fest is the Indian continuation of Maker Faire hosted across America, Europe, Africa and Japan, among others. Maker Faire, which launched in California, USA in 2006, now hosts hundreds of thousands attendees twice a year across California and New York. It is the amalgamation of festivals celebrating the innovators and an art show with all the booths for inventors and demonstrations and workshops for attendees. Creators, artists and hobbyist across the country are invited to present their contemporary applications of ideas using the vast ocean of art, science and technology.
You can find photos of Makerfest on Flickr here.
Rajeev Motwani building for Computer Science
The Rajeev Motwani Building is a newly constructed building of Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The Institute received a donation from Asha Jadeja Motwani, wife of Late Professor Rajeev Motwani, and their daughters on the occasion of the 49th birth anniversary of Rajeev on March 24th, 2011. The donation was towards the construction of the Rajeev Motwani Building at IIT Kanpur; the Building will house activities of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and will also house activities for nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation in the areas influenced by Rajeev's work. The donation also marks the start of a collaboration between the Rajeev Motwani Foundation and IIT Kanpur to help student and faculty entrepreneurs collaborate on transforming innovative ideas and technologies into successful enterprises.
School in the Cloud Ahmedabad
School in the Cloud is dedicated to providing children and students around the globe with a support system to grow and learn. We are focused on building partnerships that will bring students the necessary infrastructure, technological tools, resources and curriculum to drive each individual to a successful and happy lifestyle. Our primary focus is aimed at public schools, orphanages and raising funds for the building of schools in developing pockets of the world.
Once the institution is in place, we take it upon ourselves to fill them with the necessary fundamentals, philosophies, technologies and resources for our students to succeed. Our educational approach is rooted in design thinking and application concepts so students are able to physically see and build as they learn. We believe it is critical for our students to imagine, learn, apply and share as they continue to build their skills.