Tejas Rao

External Ventures Manager
Chennai, INDIA

Tejas is our team member dedicated to identifying innovative Indian startups aligned with Saint-Gobain's areas of interest.

Prior to joining NOVA, Tejas held positions at Bosch, Bayer and most recently at Buhler as a Strategic Business Development Manager, where he led start-up engagement and open innovation efforts in India. 

Tejas is deeply passionate about guiding innovations from the concept stage to commercial viability, often humorously referring to himself as an "Innovation Midwife.” He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA) and an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Italy). 

Outside of work he enjoys running, meditation, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his wife and son.