Sanjay Shah is CEO and founder of Solo Capital Markets, which is an international financial services company in London, England. Before breaking into the financial industry, Sanjay Shah Denmark studied medicine but decided that he had no interest in becoming a doctor. He and his wife had a son who was later diagnosed with autism in 2011 at the age of 4. Soon after, he had an epiphany and founded Autism Rocks. Sanjay had also been funding kids in India for over 10 years but never had an idea of how he could be of more help until now.
Autism Rocks was founded in 2014 by Usha and Sanjay Shah, it is a festival to raise awareness for autism. The couples goal is to change the way that autism is perceived by society. The initial thought that Sanjay had when his son was diagnosed was how he could fix things. He then realized that the best way to help was to donate money towards autism research. Sanjay had worked as a banker for Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Rabobank for over a period of almost 20 years, so donating was no issue for him. He would do whatever he could to help his son in any way possible. For Sanjay, just donating was not enough and he wanted to do more which led him to helping studies that try to increase the understanding of autism. He believes that it is helpful that there are many support groups for families that have a loved one with autism, but felt that not enough money was going towards actual research. Sanjay wants more money to go into the research of the initial cause of autism and how we can help those suffering.
In April, they held their annual festival “Autism Rocks“, for Autism Awareness Month. The festival included a live concert and charity. Autism Rocks has raised over $600,000 by putting together concerts that our youth could relate to, this included Flo Rida and Tyga among others. The festival also included fun events such as laser tag, horse rides, face painting and a petting zoo.