Rajiv Tandon, PhD
President, Institute for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Rajiv Tandon, PhD

My endeavor is to combine my passion for entrepreneurship, experience with building businesses and teaching to nurture and develop entrepreneurs and more robust entrepreneurial start-ups.
I am a highly experienced serial entrepreneur and a passionate teacher with one of the first doctorate degrees in Entrepreneurship from the University of Minnesota. I have served as a Board Member and an Instructor in Entrepreneurship at several Universities across the United States and Overseas.


I currently teach Entrepreneurship at Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and on my way to launching a new business. My achievements so far:
✔ Serial entrepreneur: 20 years of experience building start-ups.
✔ Listed company in Inc 500/5000 fastest growing companies for 5 years in a row.
✔ Top 20 Training Outsourcing Company for 5 years in a row.
✔ Educator: 25+ years of teaching entrepreneurship at various educational institutions
✔ Started a very successful program in Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas, MN
✔ Tenured professor
✔”Excellence in Teaching Through Innovation” Award
✔ Edwin M. Appel Prize by the Price-Babson Program, Boston “for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academia”.
✔ Mentor: to over 400 entrepreneurs in the development of innovative ideas to accomplish strategic initiatives and achieve organizational goals.
✔ Listed by Twin City Business Magazine as one of the “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” for focus on “EduTech”.
✔ Special interest is in developing concepts of “bullet proofing” start-up ventures against predatory practices.