When you can create an event that not only raises awareness and donations but also creates fun, you know you are doing something right. That is exactly what Sanjay Shah Denmark is doing along with his wife with Autism Rocks. The event has been around since 2014 and it just seems to be getting bigger and better each and every year. As they run the event more and more, they seem to know how to handle it with more ease and what works and what doesn’t work. When you have been an entrepreneur, studied medicine, and worked in the financial and investment industry, you have a certain type of experience that comes in handy with this kind of event.
He also has his wife, Usha, right by his side, and she is his rock. They both have a son with autism, and they have been through all of is together as a family. They know that is the best way to handle it, deal with it, and have the best possible attitude. When you look at pictures of the family, you can see them smiling, embracing each other, and making the most of the situation. They are turning an unfortunate situation into a positive situation. Usha has gone on record and said that this event is for children for like hers. It is to bring everyone in the autism community together and get them all on the same page and let them know they have some friends that understand what they are going through with autism.
It is one of those things where unless you have a child with autism, it can be hard to explain to others and they can have a hard time relating to it or understanding it. However, at this event, everyone fits in, feels comfortable, and enjoys themselves. Meanwhile, they are getting donations and raising awareness on autism. There is live music from Tyga and Flo Rida. It is one of those events where you are surrounded by people that care about you and want to help. It truly has a family like atmosphere.
Sanjay Shah has said in the past that he helped sponsor children in India and even paid top dollar to set up a website to get the event more well-known and out there. To date, they have raised over £600,000 thanks to the concerts which have included some heavy hitters in the music industry.
As a startup, there is an important need avoid underestimating the amount of cash required for the business. In addition, one has to avoid the notion that they can do everything by themselves in the business. Shah says that he has witnessed failure in lots of businesses from inadequate budgeting and advises all startups to take precautions when starting their businesses in addition to those interested in brokerage. Sanjay Shah founded Solo Capital in 2009 after he got laid off his job during the European trade market crises. He decided to start up his own brokerage firms by hiring a couple of graduates from the field of banking.
Solo Capital Limited came to be through Sanjay’s efforts and his ability of entrepreneurship despite studying medicine from Kings College. He started it by allowing his workers to work independently and share with him the profit gained. In 2011, Solo Capital formed partnerships with firms like Old Park Lane a trader of niche products hence becoming a private limited company. The firm is now a large company with over 18 partners who practice financial service advisories, proprietary trading, and forex trading. Shah has however retired from the management of the company as the Chief Executive Officer and concentrates more on philanthropy with his organization named Autism Rocks. Other than Solo Capital he has founded more than 3 dozens of companies in the United Kingdom and areas like the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Sanjay is famous for his achievements as a young entrepreneur; back in 2011, he was moved by his sickness of his son to starting a campaign about autism. He has developed undivided attention to the foundation which organizes events and invites famous musicians and celebrities. Allegedly Sanjay has a passion and love for music which he merged with his campaign to support fundraisings. In the Autism Rocks Foundation, the raised money is donated to institutions of research and research centers majoring on autism. This is to increase awareness of the psychological disorder in children and help their parents learn to identify the symptoms early enough for the future of the affected children.
Many things motivate people to want to give back and help others. Just like any parent, Sanjay Shah wants to do everything he can to better understand and help his son, Nikhil. Nikhil struggles with autism and is the main driving force behind Sanjay Shah’s never-ending passion for fundraising for Autism Rocks, a foundation that donates all proceeds to the Autism Research Trust (ARC).
Sanjay grew up in London, then went on to studying medicine before deciding against becoming a doctor. After a variety of different occupations, Sanjay began his own brokerage business. This business grew over the next few years, putting his net worth at $280 million in just 5 years. The struggles of facing autism first began in 2011, when Sanjay’s son, Nikhil, was brought to the doctor’s for not being able to keep his food down. After countless doctor’s visits, the diagnosis of autism was given. The steps were taken to provide the best therapy and treatments for his son. However, the waiting lists were long and the treatment was anything but affordable. Sanjay Shah knew there needed to be a way to help others be able to afford this treatment and ensure that no child with autism get left behind.
The spark for the creation of this charity came in a not so common way. An unexpected meeting with world-famous, Snoop Dogg inspired Sanjay to turn his love of music into something amazing. Autism Rocks was launched and Sanjay began hosting music events all over the world with one goal in mind: raise money for autism research and help others.
In 2014, Autism Rocks officially began. Since the creation, performances from music legends like Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Buble, and Drake have taken place to raise money for autism research.
Understanding autism and providing treatment for patients struggling with the condition will always be the goal for Sanjay. There may not be a cure for autism, but funding research is the best way to ensure that we are stepping in the right direction.