USINPAC hosts visiting women entrepreneurs from India

USINPAC, a representative body for the Indian Americans, has hosted    a reception for a delegation of women entrepreneurs from India. The delegation is in the United States on a State Department invitation to learn US best practices in public and civic engagements to further the goal of sustaining ‘Indian Women Entrepreneurs as Drivers of Economic Growth.’ During the 3-week visit, the delegation will meet US lawmakers and discuss strategies for developing public-private partnerships, explore social, economic and political factors that influence and encourage the development of private enterprise in the US and focus on women as entrepreneurs, owners or managers of small, medium and large businesses. Invitees to the reception included Ishita Anand, founder and CEO of Bitgiving, a crowd funding resource for non-profits, Megha Bhagat, Chief Growth Officer of Project Defy, a social enterprise model offering self-learning modules for marginalized communities, Tabish Habib, CEO of ThinkPod, a business incubator for Indian start-ups, bringing efficiencies in business processes, product certification and quality control, Sanjukta Mukherjee, managing trustee of Sustainable Design Research Consortium, a consulting service for the energy and environment sectors, Tamanya Mukherjee, Partner of KT Melius, a consulting service for improving efficiency though mapping and analyzing processes, Rajashri Sai, founder and CEO of Impactree, with clean energy initiatives, microfinance and scaling up partnerships for rural women entrepreneurs, Rebecca Maria Vaz Mushran, CEO of Bhuira, supporting rural women entrepreneurs, in local opportunities like jam making and marketing to large organizations like Fab India. Several distinguished Indian Americans of the region also participated at the event.”At the reception, USINPAC provided an historic overview of its role in the growth of U.S-India bilateral relations, the strengths and aspirations of the Indian American community and ways to foster investment and engagement with its counterparts in India. Discussion centred around the Indian American experience in building companies ground up, public and private initiatives supporting small and medium businesses with investment opportunities, job creation, and skill development. USINPAC assured the delegation of its continuing engagement with US-India business enterprises and offered to be a resource to them in achieving their goals. Welcoming the delegation, Mr. Sanjay Puri, the host of the reception remarked: “There is tremendous untapped potential in India, where women entrepreneurs are concerned. Providing access to business capital and other resources can spur economic and industry growth like never before. USINPAC welcomes such initiatives and will continue to support and foster exchanges that will maximize benefits for both the US and India.””In a statement, The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) says it is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community, the statement says.

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