Thillai Rajan

Professor, Management Studies, IIT Madras; Head, Centre for Research on Start-Ups; Co-Founder, YNOS Venture Engine, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Finance, Innovation
Technology, Risk Management

Thillai Rajan


An associate at Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Thillai Rajan is a revered professor at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He co-founded YNOS Venture Engine, where they offer a suite of products and programs for early-stage entrepreneurs, innovators, research centres and investors. He also co-founded GeoNomics Research & Technologies, an infrastructure analytics & consulting firm focused on infrastructure governance. In February 2020, he conceptualized the setting up of Innovation, Venturing, and Entrepreneurship in India (IVEIN) Network, a unique partnership between leading institutions, IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore and IIM Kozhikode. He is the recipient of the Chevening Gurukul Fellowship at the London School of Economics, Endeavour Executive Award at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and the Fulbright Nehru Senior Research Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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