Prof. Rohan Chinchwadkar

Assistant Professor
101, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, I.I.T.Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

Prof. Rohan Chinchwadkar
Rohan Chinchwadkar is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, an Associate Faculty at the Desai Sethi School of Entrepreneurship and Professor In-Charge of the HDFC ERGO – IIT Bombay Innovation Lab.

PhD Guidance 

I’m keen on guiding PhD students in all areas of finance, with a special focus on the following areas :

  • Entrepreneurial Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Startup Financing, Startup Incubation, Venture Capital, Financing of Innovation, University Entrepreneurship)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Finance and Entrepreneurship(with a special focus on Generative AI and Large Language Models)


  • PhD (Finance), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta (2009-13)
  • B. Tech. (Electronics), VJTI, Mumbai (2005-09)

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay (2019-Present)
    • Assistant Professor of Finance at the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management
      • PhD Teaching: Entrepreneurship as Practice
      • MBA Teaching: Start-up Financing, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Money: Past, present and future
      • BTech Teaching: Corporate Finance
    • Associate Faculty at the Desai Sethi School of Entrepreneurship
      • BTech Teaching: Business Fundamentals for Technopreneurs, Finance for Entrepreneurs
      • Start-up Mentor, IDEAS (Innovation, Development & Entrepreneurship with Alumni Support) Program
    • Professor In-Charge of HDFC ERGO – IIT Bombay Innovation Lab
      • Strategic partnership in innovation-entrepreneurship to transform financial services, including insurance
    • Member, Evaluation-Monitoring Committee at Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE)
      • Committee administers Grants and Entrepreneurship-in-Residence programs of DST and MeitY, GoI
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Trichy (2016-19)
    • MBA Teaching: Private Equity & Venture Capital, International Finance, Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
    • PhD Teaching: Introduction to banking: Theory & History, Research Methods in Finance & Accounting
    • Administrative committees: PGP (Business Management), Learning Resource Centre, Five-year Strategic Plan
  • Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur
    • Institute Elective: New Venture Financing (Sources of Startup Finance, Guide to Startup Fundraising)
    • Start-up Mentor, Technology Innovation and Startup Center, deep-tech incubation centre, IIT-J
  • Visiting Professor of Finance, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta
    • MBA Elective: Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
    • Guest lecture: “Transformation of Public Sector Banks & Post-Merger Management in banking”

Industry Experience

Associate (Management Consultant), McKinsey & Company (2013-15)

  • Involved in various types of consulting engagements like private equity due diligence, post-merger management, entry strategy, portfolio strategy, strategy implementation, operations and research across banking and financial services, defence, high-tech, IT services and healthcare sectors
  • Worked with a variety of clients like bulge-bracket private equity fund, leading family-managed business group, large professionally-managed business group, public-sector bank, non-banking financial services company, private-sector bank and mid-sized technology firm


Journal Publications

  • “Technology Business Incubation: A Literature Review and Gaps”, International Journal of Global Business and Competitiveness, 17, 2022, with Vidit Mohan
  • “Political business cycles, elections and entrepreneurial finance: A framework”, Journal of Quantitative Economics, 18(4), 2020
  • “Post-COVID-19 challenges in the Indian IT industry”, Economic and Political Weekly, 55(42), 2020, with Vinish Kathuria
  • “The choice of exit: Influence of private equity investors and buyout entry”, Journal of Emerging Market Finance, 17(1S), 2018, with Rama Seth
  • “Evolution of private equity regulations in emerging markets: A case of India”, The Journal of Private Equity, 20(1), 2016, with Vidhu Shekhar
  • “Real exchange rate and real interest rate differential: A cointegration approach with structural shifts”, Journal of Quantitative Economics, 13(2), 2015, with Kunal Khairnar
  • “Effect of book building and auctions on the exit choice between IPO and acquisition”, Theoretical Economics Letters, 5(4), 2015, with Rama Seth
  • “Merger Returns and Choice of Payment Method: A Case from the Indian Banking Industry”, International Journal of Economics and Finance, 7(1), 2015

Case Studies

  • “CIIE: Seeding a Cleantech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”, Ivey Publishing, Harvard Business Publishing, 2024, with Vidit Mohan, Valerie Mendonca, Supriya Sharma
  • “BETIC, IIT Bombay: Commercializing a Novel Digital Stethoscope”, Ivey Publishing, Harvard Business Publishing (bestseller), 2021, with Mueen Ahmed and Sankalp Pratap

Edited Book and Book Chapter

  • Co-editor, “Shifting Orbits: Decoding the trajectory of the Indian start-up ecosystem”, Universities Press, 2021, forewords by Anand Mahindra and K VijayRaghavan; launched by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Book chapter: “Nurturing the next gen: University Incubation in India”, first-of-its-kind roundtable with CEOs of IIT-IIM incubators, in Shifting Orbits: Decoding the trajectory of the Indian start-up ecosystem, 2021

Articles in National Newspapers and Media Outlets

  • “Social barriers are often the first Indian entrepreneurs encounter”, in Mint, Jan 8, 2024
  • “What entrepreneurs can learn from reading Jeffrey Archer”, in Mint, Mint Lounge, September 6, 2021
  • “The evolution of startup incubators and incubation policy in India”, in YourStory, August 23, 2021
  • “The geography of startup incubation In India”, in Bloomberg Quint, August 2, 2021
  • “How to fund innovation in the time of coronavirus”, in Mint, April 15, 2020
  • “Choose large-cap mutual funds wisely”, in The Financial Express, Mar 13, 2019
  • “Large-cap mutual funds: Big inflows, small returns”, in Bloomberg Quint, Mar 5, 2019
  • “Factors that determine investors’ risk appetite”, in The Financial Express, Dec 10, 2018
  • “4 steps to construct & manage an investment portfolio”, in The Economic Times, Nov 10, 2018
  • “Have you covered your risks?”, in The Economic Times, Oct 8, 2018
  • “Three ways to forecast the value of the rupee”, in The Financial Express, Sep 28, 2018
  • “Is the rupee overvalued or undervalued?”, in Mint, July 26, 2018
  • “Do higher interest rates lead to lower growth?”, in Mint, April 5, 2018
  • “Reducing the home bias in equity investments”, in Mint, Feb 15, 2018
  • “Accurate benchmarking of mutual funds”, in Mint, Jan 16, 2018
  • “If Keynes had designed India’s central bank”, in Mint on Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
  • “Time for a Reserve Bank of India dot plot”, in Mint, Sep 26, 2017
  • “Does a rate cut lead to a currency dip?”, in The Hindu Business Line, Aug 22, 2017
  • “Pluralism in monetary policy framework”, in Mint, July 31, 2017
  • “Young and the Restless”, on India’s demographic dividend, in The Economic Times, June 24, 2017
  • “The perils of a larger public sector”, in Mint, June 15, 2017
  • “The political economy of India’s bad bank”, in Mint, Mar 6, 2017
  • “Growth in the time of demonetisation”, in The Hindu Business Line, Mar 3, 2017
  • “Designing the bad bank of India”, in Mint, Feb 21, 2017
  • “Using Alternative Investment Fund regulations to start up India”, in Mint, Jan 23, 2017
  • “To Reap What You Lend” on demonetisation and banks, in The Economic Times, Dec 23, 2016
  • “Why a Dr. Dravid is important for cricket”, in The Hindu Business Line, April 13, 2017

Quotes in National and International Media

  • “Lessons For Mutual Fund Investors From 2018”, in Bloomberg Quint, Dec 29, 2018
  • “Weak Rupee Not Enough to Tip the Scale in Favour of India Exports”, in Bloomberg, July 20, 2018
  • “India Investors Should Watch Core Inflation, Analysts Say”, in Bloomberg, April 24, 2018
  • “India Central Bank Minutes Surprise With Tilt Toward Rate Hike”, in Bloomberg, April 20, 2018
  • “Frothy assets spark concerns as cash floods Indian markets”, in Bloomberg, Sep 18, 2017
  • “Split Within Central Bank Flags Flawed Inflation Model”, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Aug 7, 2017
  • “Private-sector, foreign banks see India opening”, in S&P Global Market Intelligence, Mar 1, 2017

Television Interview

  • Measuring Portfolio Performance: The Mutual Fund Show, Bloomberg Quint, May 16, 2018 (10K+ views)
  • News coverage: “How To Assess Mutual Fund Performance”, Bloomberg Quint, May 19, 2018

Industry Publications

  • “India’s technology opportunity: Transforming work, empowering people”, McKinsey Global Institute
  • “Role of innovation in achieving universal healthcare access”, McKinsey whitepaper, quoted by USAID