Rekha Mehr MBE is the founder of Pistachio Rose London and Moonrekha Academy (launching 2017). Passionate about supporting the growth of early stage companies, Rekha was appointed as the first Startup Entrepreneur in Residence for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills) where she worked with Ministers, Government officials and lobbyists to inform policy and better shape the business support landscape.
She went on to launch the Small Business Charter with Lord Young as its patron. A Government initiative that connects University Business Schools with growing businesses, the charter recognises those universities that are building ecosystems at a local level to support existing and future entrepreneurs.
More recently Rekha co-led the global expansion of MassChallenge UK as a founding director of the first international location in London. In its first year, she raised over a £1m of sponsorship for the not-for-profit programme raised and supported the growth of a truly connected eco-system that accelerated 90 small businesses and awarding £500,000 of prize funds.
Rekha remains dedicated to bridge the gap between big and small business and now works directly with organisations around the world that are genuinely interested in driving change and making a difference.
In 2016 her efforts were recognised by Her Majesty's Government, and she was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise & entrepreneurship in the new years honours list.