Prof. Rajesh Nair is an
with the mission of
Creating the next generation of Entrepreneurs
I am Professor of Practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Asia School of Business, started by MIT-Sloan and the central bank of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. I was one of founding faculty of ASB. I also served at MIT as Visiting Scholar. My research is in ‘Developing methods to catalyze innovators and entrepreneurs in communities from the ground up and build sustainable local entrepreneurship ecosystems’.
I am a Product Designer and a Serial Entrepreneur. I founded three companies in the US in varied fields such as, Thermal management of electronic products, Data center energy optimization, Sensor & instruments, and Consumer products. I developed several industry standard products and hold 13 US patents.
I received Masters degrees in Engineering & Management (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Manufacturing Engineering (UMass, Amherst) and Electronic Product Design (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore). I hold Bachelor’s degrees in Electronics & Communications Engineering (IISc) and Physics (Kerala).
I believe that it is possible to create thousands of entrepreneurs tomorrow through instilling entrepreneurship mindset and skill-set in children today. The framework is developed to create transformation in individuals and the community. My research experiments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Asia School of Business have shown that innovators and entrepreneurs can be nurtured from the general population. This framework to prepare pre-entrepreneurs, who are ready to take on their next steps in solution creation and venture building, has been applied in more than fifty workshops in seven countries reaching more than two thousand participants.
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DegreeC is a company founded in 1997 in New Hampshire USA that focused on the thermal management of high-density and mission-critical electronic equipment in markets, such as, telecom, medical, military, and bio-sciences.
Cambridge AccuSense founded in Massachusetts USA specialized in airflow measurement sensors and equipment for varied applications, such as ICT, bio-sciences, and automotive. AccuSense was acquired by DegreeC in 2003.
TechTop is a charitable trust based in India that was founded in 2006 on the vision that offering the youth opportunities innovation and entrepreneurs would build the next generation of problem solvers. TechTop conducted innovation challenges and workshops for 13 years. Now it focuses on school students.
EnCube Labs was founded on the tested belief that innovators and entrepreneurs can be created from the ground up to make a social impact. After starting in the US in 2014, EnCube India was launched in 2017.
United Nations General Assembly Sept 2018: High-Level Side Event on Social Business, Youth, and Technology. Talk on creating innovators and entrepreneurs from the ground up in under-served communities.
TEDx Beacon Street talk on Starting up Entrepreneurs (2014). MIT-MS Thesis experiment on creating entrepreneurs in rural colleges in India. Training students in creativity, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship created a sustainable ecosystem that still exists in that college.
Z2M Mysore Program empowering children with life useful skills to question, experiment, observe and network to generate innovative ideas through hands-on learning. The program enhanced the capacity of teachers, mentors and children to support conducive ecosystems in their schools.