Venkataraman (Venkat) is an internationally renowned scholar and educator in the field of entrepreneurship. He is also an expert in business and corporate strategy, corporate venturing, new venture creation and financing, regional development and in managing growth.

As a corporate planning executive in a major Indian firm, he was a part of a founding team that created and developed a highly successful new business venture. He consults with Fortune 500 firms as well as several small companies. He facilitates strategy discussion for firms and is counselor to firms, universities and government organizations. He has been a speaker and adviser to the Entrepreneurial Forum — a program of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce — aimed at promoting trade through entrepreneurship around the world.

From 1995 through 2009, Venkat served as senior editor of the Journal of Business Venturing — a top entrepreneurship journal.

M.A., Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India); MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; Ph.D., University of Minnesota