Mumbai: In partnership with the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, Ahmedabad-based Indian management consultant Jagat Shah launched a brand new initiative, “Mentor on Road – United States,” at the Consulate this afternoon. As “Mentor on Road,” Shah will undertake a 78-day road trip around the perimeter of the United States to meet with business groups, universities, and entrepreneurs in order to encourage growth in U.S.-India trade. The business journey has a special focus on opportunities for U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, and women entrepreneurs. Along the way, Shah plans to visit and highlight some interesting but less familiar American tourist destinations.
“Mentor on Road is an amazing initiative aimed at boosting trade between India and the United States. Mr. Shah will be traveling around America presenting to eager small and medium U.S. enterprises about the opportunities of the Indian market,” said Greg Taevs, Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai.
“In all 32 cities, I aim to have at least four business meetings in a day with American start-ups or innovation centers connecting them to opportunities in India. I will also meet with small and medium-sized enterprises to explain to them the ways to trade with India. I will specifically be meeting with American women business owners and linking them to Indian women entrepreneurs,” said Jagat Shah, who has previously conducted similar efforts in India and Sri Lanka.
Speaking about this initiative, Heidi Hattenbach, the spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, said “We are excited about this initiative as it will not just connect our cities through trade but also connect our people through tourism. It has been fun to suggest road-side attractions and regional culinary specialties for Mr. Shah to sample as he embarks on his unique drive. Collaboration and partnership like Mentor-on-Road foster U.S.-India bilateral ties at every level.”
Mentor on Road – United States will cover 32 cities in 24 states, with a road journey of approximately 15,400 kms (9600 miles) in two legs. Shah will be commencing his journey from Boston on June 4 and end in New York on September 17. Accompanied by his wife Rupal Shah, Shah will drive a Ford Endeavour, courtesy of the U.S. automotive company, during his 78-day long trip.
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