SMEStreet League of Mentors

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These days, MSMEs are in great need of knowledge and upskilling for the sake of achieving growth. Yes, growth in the tough economic conditions. Well, this is very much possible, considering the fact that MSMEs are in the centre stage of economic recovery. Policymakers are making significant efforts in getting the right form of policies for MSMEs in order to bring them out of the challenging times from COVID-19. The potential of MSME entrepreneurs is acknowledged by the policymakers as well as the country's able leadership.

About SMEStreet League of Mentors

SMEStreet League of Mentors is an initiative designed to bring much-needed expertise closer to MSMEs which is needed for their business growth. Mentors at SMEStreet League of Mentors will not only motivation to the entrepreneur but also bring clarity in business vision. We at SMEtreet have spent years in interacting and understanding the common and specific pain points of MSMEs. One of the most common pain that almost every startup and an MSME entrepreneur faces is the limitation of seeking the best possible guidance. Limited knowledge and filtered information make business life difficult, so in order to make the entrepreneur's life easier and smart and in other words, in our bid to contribute in the direction of ease of doing business, we would like to bring you closer to SMEStreet's League of Mentors. 

Here are some more silent features of this league of mentors:

  • The SMEStreet league of mentors consists of those who can to show the best way forward for getting the much-needed business growth.
  • This League of Mentors is a group of qualified Subject Matter Experts who have accomplished success in their professional life and now, there experience and knowledge are ready to get leveraged.
  • Most importantly, this league of mentors is a bouquet of such knowledge-driven experts who possess a selfless attitude towards adding value in the lives of MSME entrepreneurs. 

Key Expertise

  • MSME Schemes, MSME Loans, MSME Specific Govt Schemes, Understanding PSUs' Opportunities 
  • Skill Development: Managerial Skills, Soft Skills, Technical Expertise 
  • Finance: Banking, CA, Financial Management, Venture Capital
  • Global Business Networking and Strategic Influence
  • Technology:  Automation, ICT, Mobility, Business Processes Automation
  • Marketing: Digital Marketing, Brand Building, Targeted Marketing, Customer Community Formation
  • HR: Hirings, Compliances, HR Processes, Employee Motivation 
  • Legal:  Compliance, Legal representation, Documentation
  • IPR 
  • Startups: Fund Raising- Evaluation
  • Logistics: Custom made consultancy
  • Manufacturing: Smart Manufacturing, Packaging, Best practices
  • Exports & Imports: Prospects, Processes 

Meet The Mentors 


Finance, Credit & Strategy for MSMEs Growth

Deepak MaheshwariMr Deepak Maheshwari

(Chairperson 2023-24)

Co-Founder Jindagi Live Consulting Pvt Ltd and

Mr Deepak Maheshwari is an accomplished professional with over 24+ years of leadership experience across diverse businesses. He had led large and diverse teams with GE and IFCI with hands-on mentorship approach. He has well-round experience in start-up, growth and business optimization cycles and has facilitated multi-million dollar strategic investment in multiple businesses. He is a qualified CA, CS, CFA and Cost Accountant.

MSME Banking & Finance

Mr S Ravi

S Ravi, Ravi Rajan & Co, Chartered Accountants S Ravi, Founder of Ravi Rajan & Co

Mr. Sethurathnam Ravi (S Ravi) is a chartered accountant (CA) based in India, promoter and managing partner of Ravi Rajan & Co and the former Chairman of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). He also serves as an Independent Director of Tourism Finance Corporation of India.In 2019, Mr. S Ravi also joined SBI Payments Services Pvt. Ltd as one of the Board Directors.<4> Before joining BSE, Ravi served on boards of various companies such as, UTI Company Pvt Ltd., SMERA Ratings, SBI-SG Global Securities, STCI Finance, and BOI Merchant Bankers.

MSME Schemes & Programs 


Mr. Piyush Shrivastava, Sr. Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ex-Addl. DC- MSME, Ministry of MSME

Additional Development Commissioner MSME, Ministry of MSME, Mr. Piyush Srivastava has also extended his support on an honorary basis for the SMEStreet League of Mentors initiative from the perspective of educating the MSMEs with respect to MSME Schemes.

“The Ministry of MSME under a dynamic leadership is committed in making meaningful contributions in bringing MSMEs’ on the growth track. Schemes and Programs are designed proactively to make sure that a pro-business ecosystem for MSMEs can be formed. Having said this, there is a great need of ensuring a strong connection with the MSMEs. MSME Champions is already a great step towards this front. But, since the MSME sector is so huge and diversified, it is very much welcome to see the SMEStreet Foundation's initiative of bringing the expertise of experienced professionals of various fields together under the SMEStreet League of Mentors,” says Mr. Piyush Srivastava Sr. Economic Advisor, Ministry fo Civil Aviation said.

(Shri Piyush Shrivastava joined the SMEStreet League of Mentors when he was with MSME Ministry.) 

ICT & Digital Transformation

Mr. Manoj Chugh

Manoj Chugh, SMEStreet League of Mentors Manoj Chugh

Mr Manoj Chugh is a seasoned professional with extensive experience of nearly four decades in the Indian ICT industry.  Being an ICT industry veteran, Mr. Chugh has had the opportunity to manage and lead companies to leadership positions across diverse business segments including servers, satellite communications, networking and data storage while working with world-leading ICT companies.

At SMEStreet we are privileged to have Mr.Chugh’s honorary participation in ‘SMEStreet League of Mentors’ as a guiding star to mentor entrepreneurs who wish to seek guidance on any issue related to Technology or ICT.


Anil Jain, NIXI Anil Kumar Jain, CEO, NIXI

Digital & Internet Technologies 

Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, CEO, NIXI
Anil Kumar Jain is currently the CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). Having spent 36 years in various telecommunication roles, Mr Jain is an expert in the internet, broadband, and telecom sectors. Some of the organizations he has been associated with include BSNL, MTNL, and the Department of Telecommunications, India. Mr Jain was on the board of NIXI for over 12 years before he took up the role of CEO just last year. His aim is to make the internet accessible and beneficial to every individual in our country.

The team SMEStreet is excited to have Mr. Jain’s honorary participation in ‘SMEStreet League of Mentors’ as a mentor on Digital & Internet Technologies to needy MSMEs.

MSME Schemes Through NSIC


P Udayakumar, Director Planning & Marketing, 

Director for Planning and Marketing at National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Mr P Udayakumar will also be supporting SMEStreet League of Mentors as an honorary mentor. He will be able to guide the MSMEs on various NSIC Schemes that are designed for the promotion of the MSME sector. 

Commenting on this MSME-centric forum of SMEStreet League of Mentors, Mr Udayakumar mentioned, “MSMEs in India are determined and full of potential. In these times, the Government is standing with this sector and ensuring every aspect to be taken care of. That is why we have observed great action around the MSME sector at a high level of policymaking. Several schemes are designed for MSMEs and executed through NSIC. For example Bank Credit Facilitation Scheme, Marketing Assistance Scheme and many others have great potential to extend a support mechanism for MSMEs. All this can be explored and MSMEs must learn about them to avail them. I appreciate the initiative of SMEStreet League of Mentors which is designed solely to support the MSMEs with the kind of information that is needed. I look forward to whatever guidance and support we can deliver for MSMEs in terms of right knowledge spread.”


For Startup and MSME Funding

CA Deepak Maheshwari, Co-Founder of Jindigi Live

Deepak Maheshwari, SMEStreet, Jindigi Live CA Deepak Maheshwari, Co-Founder of Jindigi Live

On the funding front, a seasoned investment banker, an Angel Investor, Mr Deepak Maheshwari Co-Founder of Jindagi Live Consulting also came forward in support of this nationwide initiative as a mentor to help those MSME entrepreneurs who wish to get clarity and guidance on alternate finance opportunities around them. 

“This initiative is going to bring great value for MSMEs since the correct set of information is the most crucial asset for any entrepreneur. Today COVID-19  Pandemic has made a massive dent on the entire economy and society as a whole. Role of MSMEs is well acknowledged at the policymaking level in the process of economic revival. This is why I feel that initiatives like this are very important. I congratulate SMEStreet Foundation for foraying into this direction,” commented Mr Maheshwari. 


Faiz Askari, SMEStreet Dr. Faiz Askari, Founder Editor of & Secretary General, SMEStreet Foundation

For MSME /Startups Growth and Marketing

Dr. Faiz Askari, Secretary General of SMEStreet Foundation and Founder Editor of

As an anchor of this entire activity, Dr Faiz Askari is a committed progressive media and communications professional who is always available for the interests of MSMEs and Startups. Having anchored, managed, participated and conducted more than 100 Forums focusing on various MSME development-oriented activities, Dr Askari is keen to provide the best possible knowledge support for MSMEs and startups to exceed in their respective fields.



Global Expansion and Business Networking

Mr Abraham Venkatacherry Mr Abraham Venkatacherry

Mr. Abraham Paul Vatakencherry

Mr. Vatakencherry is a renowned global Influencer & strategist with strategic alliances with a demonstrated history of working across all verticals. Known and well acclaimed for skilled in negotiation, business planning and efficient business operations management. He is ready to mentor and help entrepreneurs who wish to expand their global footprint.

For Legal & Compliance

Mr Gaurav Jain, Co-Founder LexComply, RSJ Associates

Gaurav Jain, Lexcompliance Mr. Gaurav Jain

Gaurav Jain is a Fellow Member of ICSI with experience of more than 19 years of advising the Corporates on matters relating to Statutory & Regulatory Compliances and Implementing Compliance Management Systems. He ideated and , which provides e-GRC applications for Corporates and Compliance Research Applications for professionals. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Committee of Amity University, Jaipur Campus.
While joining the SMEStreet League of Mentors, Mr Gaurav Jain stated, "I am very excited to be part of this forum as it is meant to empower the MSMEs. I strongly feel that information availability is a major issue when it comes to legal and compliance. This often becomes a challenge for an entrepreneur to grow to the next level. This needs to be changed and for this, I personally as well as professionals committed to creating information empowerment for any enterprising entrepreneur." Serving all the legal and compliance-related clarities, which are needed to run the business successfully, is the main objective of Mr Gaurav. MSME entrepreneurs can leverage his expertise at this forum.



Finance Management 

Dr. CA Chaitanya Shah

CA Chaitanya Shah Dr. CA Chaitanya Shah

Mr. Shah is based in Mumbai and has in-depth experience of over 35 years of top-level assignments in Strategic Planning / Professionalizing SMEs / Performance Improvement / Financial Management with a view to set-up long-term goals for the organization. He has worked closely with CEOs for organization long-term goals, restructuring set-up (Team Building), conceptualizing and designing business processes with sound MIS in organizations for profit planning and monitoring.   

Mr. Shah can be approached for guidance on:  MSME – Growth Navigation, Business Performance Review, Profit Centre Operations - Turnaround Management, Financial Planning & Control, Corporate Restructuring Initiatives, Fund Sourcing & Management

Banking & Skill Development 

Divesh Mishra, , Ursa Consulting Mr. Divesh Mishra, Founder of Ursa Consulting

Mr. Divesh Mishra of Ursa Minor Consulting

A banker with over 30 years of experience and after developing an in-depth understanding of today's industry and skillset required, Divesh started his banking career as a PO in State Bank GroupAfter serving HDFC Bank for 19 years, he left HDFC Bank in 2017. In the same year, he founded this Start-Up named Ursa Minor Consulting Private Limited into the business of training and up-skilling those youth who aim to join the Banking and Financial Services (BFS) sector.

He is also an alumnus of IIM, Kashipur however, he has also received serious classroom training in SBI Staff Training Centre-Hyderabad, IIM-Ahmedabad, NIBM-Pune, and Bankers Training College-RBI, Mumbai. He was also a member of the Governing Council of the IMS Unison University, Dehradun.

Mr. Divesh can be approached for guidance on the following areas: Banking, Skill Development, Employee Skill Upgradation 



For MSMEs:

You may drop a Mail to with League of Mentors & Name of the mentor written on Subject line of the email. We will be happy to connect you with your designated mentor. 

For Mentors:

To become our featured Mentor in our SMEStreet League of Mentors, please write to the above-mentioned email id ( and share your profile. It is advised to highlight your expertise for MSMEs. Don't forget to mention 'League of Mentors' in the Subject Line of the email. 

SMEStreet Foundation

SMEStreet Foundation is working on creating opportunities for entrepreneurs of MSME domain. SMEStreet through it's outreach is giving special attention to Social Enterprises/Women Entrepreneurship/ Startups/Innovation and Self Made Entrepreneurs/ MSMEs with a willingness to grow.

There are groups and committees getting formed to discreetly highlight and emphasize issues related to the aforementioned areas.

We at SMEStreet are open for names and profiles which can be suitable for the above-mentioned expertise, please write to us at 

The SMEStret League of Mentors will be a consortium of experts which could form dedicated committees on the specific business area.

SMESTreet Foundation SMESTreet League of Mentors Abraham Paul Vatakencherry CA Deepak Maheshwari S Ravi Mr Manoj Chugh SMEStreet League Mentors SMEStreet Forums Mr. Anil Kumar Jain Dr Faiz Askari P Udayakumar