This Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Wants to Bridge Indo-Pak Divide

Asha Jadeja Motwani was one of the first women venture capitalists in the tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley.

After shepherding quite a few successful start-ups in the US and around the world, Asha, who is originally from Ahmedabad, invested eight million dollars towards funding innovations in India in 2014. Inspired by Maker Fest, an annual conference in the US where inventors and innovators can showcase their work, Asha started Maker Faire in India.

Now she has started the Rajeev Circle Fellowship, named after her husband, which will provide innovators from India and Pakistan mentors and resources from Silicon Valley, helping them take their ideas to the next level. Rajeev, an IIT-Kanpur alumnus, also had an affinity for Pakistan as his family was originally from Sindh.

While in India, we are able to reap all the benefits of economic development, the Pakistani youth is involved in a struggle for survival despite all the threats and dangers. As a mother, I feel worried that they are putting themselves in danger and still bravely sticking out their necks.
— Asha Jadeja Motwani
The Indian subcontinent as a bloc is so powerful that we will be second to China in terms of purchasing power and trade. It is crucial for us to collaborate as a group in the South Asian region. My efforts are just a small step in that direction.
— Asha Jadeja Motwani

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