'Startup Corridor': The Gateway to U.S. For Young Indian Entrepreneurs

Bangalore: Young entrepreneurs in India can now visit and connect with likeminded entrepreneurs, mentors and seed investors in Silicon Valley, US, with the creation of a "Startup Corridor" between the two countries.

The 'Corridor' is the brain child of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Asha Jadeja Motwani, widow of late Stanford Professor Rajeev Motwani, who was a mentor to the likes of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and key architect of the algorithms that power Google.

Asha is an investor in over 75 start-ups in Silicon Valley and has just begun seed investing in Indian start-ups.

According to her, the idea behind the Rajeev Circle Fellowship programme is simple. "Identify a dozen or so true entrepreneurs in India and fly them as a group to visit Silicon Valley for two weeks. All expenses paid. Any expectations of returns? Nope, Just pay it forward."

If the visiting Fellows help and encourage the batches that will visit after them, "that's reward enough", she said.

As part of the fellowship, selected entrepreneurs are invited for an intense two-week plunge into the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Source: IANS