Professor Srivardhini K Jha takes Over as Chairpersons at NSRCEL

Prof. Srivardhini Jha assumes charge as the chairperson of NSRCEL, the startup incubator at IIM Bangalore, earlier this month. Prof. Jha is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at IIM Bangalore. Prior to joining IIMB, she worked as a researcher with the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics. She has a Ph.D. in Corporate Strategy and Policy from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a B.Tech. in Information Science and Engineering from Bangalore University. Prior to moving into academia, she held several senior managerial positions at Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Infosys.

Prof Srivardhini Jha has been working as a researcher and teacher interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Her research interests include innovation strategy of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) in emerging markets, innovation in the Indian startup ecosystem and social entrepreneurship. With a strong industry background in leading initiatives to build innovation/entrepreneurship capacity in the local ecosystem, she has pursued rigorous and practice-relevant research. Her works have been published in several peer-reviewed international journals such as MIS Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, Management International Review, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and others. She has co-edited a book titled “Shifting Orbits: Decoding the Trajectory of the Indian Startup Ecosystem”, which was published in 2021.

Announcing this key leadership appointment, Anand Sri Ganesh, Chief Operating Officer, NSRCEL, said, “We are pleased to welcome Professor Srivardhini Jha as NSRCEL's new chairperson. Her research focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship will only accelerate the pace of impact on the ecosystem and our long-standing commitment of bringing together corporate leaders, investors, academia, and entrepreneurs on one platform.”

Commenting on her new role at NSRCEL, Professor Jha said, “Entrepreneurship will play a major role in propelling India towards becoming a US $5 trillion economy. As a prominent center for entrepreneurial learning, NSRCEL is uniquely positioned to nurture and grow entrepreneurs and their ventures at scale and contribute to nation building. During my tenure, I would like to see NSRCEL make a significant positive impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India.”


With programs specifically catering to entrepreneurs with profit ventures and social ventures, also student and women entrepreneurs, NSRCEL offers its support to various players of the startup ecosystem.

NSRCEL brings together startups, industry mentors, and eminent academicians from its parent institution Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and researchers who thrive on continuous interaction of theory and practice. For details, visit


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