Starting Up Entrepreneurs

A successful entrepreneur with inter disciplinary academic achievements, Rajesh Nair, applied to MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program to gain a broader, systems perspective on his business. What he got was a new mission in life—to tackle the problems of the developing world through entrepreneurship.

A self-described "gadget designer," Nair got his first master’s in electronic product design and technology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. But, he soon realized that a product’s design is only as good as it is manufacturable. So, he got a master’s in manufacturing engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and went on to build multi million dollar ventures in sensor technologies.

For his SDM thesis project, Nair therefore decided to investigate whether entrepreneurship training could inspire college students to launch new businesses in India. Synthesizing many of the lessons he learned at SDM—in system architecture, system dynamics, product design and development, and more—Nair developed and ran a seven-week workshop on entrepreneurship at Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, ( ) a small engineering school in the south of India with no existing entrepreneurship program.

The result. Start Ups.

Out of 50 students, more than 30 now say they now want to become entrepreneurs, and the class spawned six startups—at a college that had produced just one student startup in the previous 12 years.

Inspired by this impact, Rajesh Nair, created a novel learning model to streamline his entrepreneurial expertise, which helps to kick-start businesses more quickly; he taught several workshops in India, US, Malaysia etc since then.

MIT-Make In India.

MIT-Make In India is an innovative learning experience.The first program involved Ten students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ten students from India, who lived together for four weeks identifying different problems around the community and building technology solutions to solve them.

48 Hr Maker Fest

This weekend program is designed to expose students from small and rural colleges to the fundamentals of Design Thinking and Digital Fabrication. During this weekend, students from Foundation and Degree programs 

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48 Hr MakerFest University College Technology Sarawak (UCTS)

ON a bright sunny weekend in November, Rajesh Nair brought the Asia School of Business 48-hour MakerFest to the town of Sibu, Sarawak and more specifically, to the students of University College Technology Sarawak (UCTS). The weekend program was designed to expose students to the fundamentals of Design Thinking and Digital Fabrication. On Friday evening, 7 teams of 4-5 students each began by learning how to design in 3D CAD, develop simple controllers using Arduino, develop software programs, and by Saturday they were designing their own products and digitally fabricating them. By Sunday afternoon the students were demonstrating working prototypes for product ideas they developed through Design Thinking. Each team pitched their ideas on stage. For many of them this was their first experience presenting in public.

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