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Mentor-on-Road to reach out to US businesses

Virendra Pandit Ahmedabad | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on March 07, 2017

Jagat Shah

Management consultant Jagat Shah, who is set to undertake a 15,452-km-long ‘Mentor-on-Road’ journey in the US, plans to reach out to women entrepreneurs in that country and connect them with their Indian counterparts for a broader market.

Supported by the US Commercial Services (USCS), US Department of Commerce and US-India Importers’ Council (USIIC), the Ahmedabad-based consultant will undertake the 78-day-long drive across America in the June-September period in two legs, criss-crossing 30 cities in 24 states.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, he told BusinessLine that during his drive across the US, he would meet American SMEs, start-ups, women-run businesses and institutions, corporates for CSR activities and Indian Diaspora in a bid to connect them to businesses and CSR activities in India.

In 2015-16, Shah, as Mentor-on-Road, had criss-crossed India, covering 9,500 km in 24 states and 35 cities, encouraging entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs to understand their challenges and presented a report to the Union government with possible solutions for consideration as part of its ‘Make in India’ drive.

On January 10, 2017, during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017, the USCS and the US Department of Commerce had launched the Mentor on Road-USA website at a reception hosted by USIIC in Gandhinagar.

Shah is the founder of Global Network and Cluster Pulse firms that offer consultancy. He is also the Foreign Representative of the Government of Manitoba (Canada) in India for trade and investment.

Published on March 07, 2017
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