ABOUT US

START UP! IS AN ANGEL INVESTOR, INCUBATOR AND CONSULTANT TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS.


We offer incubation, impact acceleration and management consulting services to social ventures at different stages in their lifecycle – early, growth and mature.


As ANGEL INVESTORS, we invest our time, expertise and networks to make growth-stage ventures scale and capital ready. We engage with social entrepreneurs for up to two years, and work in the field with their teams, to build out their models.

As IMPACT INCUBATORS, we offer an exhaustive range of business incubation, coaching and trainings to early-stage social ventures. Our incubation offerings are designed to launch practical change models that balance social impact with financial sustainability. We also incubate incubators!

AS CONSULTANTS, we work with mature-stage social ventures. We get excited about:

  • Scaling social change models
  • Research and knowledge generation for the field
  • Conducting impact assessments
  • Managing outreach and due diligence for
    awards and fellowships

OUR WORKING PRINCIPLES

Privilege the entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs excite us more than ideas. Our partners and clients bring strong domain expertise and business lessons from previous entrepreneurial/ intrapreneurial journeys. We learn continuously from them, even as we co-create their business models.

Match passion with process
We match the entrepreneur's energy and passion with process, plans and the discipline for executing ideas. For us, execution, not ideas, is game changing.

Stay frugal, stay in the field
We work with our investees in their fields. We immerse in the markets of the models we shape. By being in the field, we get a 360 degree view of the eco-system of the ventures we create. This enables us to predict volatilities. We therefore launch ventures that are true to the DNA of our partners and the needs of the markets they serve.

Iterate to succeed
We coach our investees to listen to customers, re-iterate assumptions and stay focused on metrics. We constantly adapt business plans to keep them real and sharp. Our questioning of assumptions and reality checks at every turn minimizes trial and error. This ensures that ventures launch with a higher degree of success.

Get the chemistry right
We succeed more with entrepreneurs who are listeners, learners and collaborators. We work with social entrepreneurs who actively seek feedback and are open to applying them in their ventures.

Cross pollinate
We pollinate learnings and connections between early-stage ventures (that we launch) and mature-stage models (that we accelerate). This opens up rich collaborations between the two. Our investees and clients constantly feed new information, networks and linkages into our own eco-system. This growing viral enables us to become better linkers and connectors for social entrepreneurs.

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OUR MISSION

  • Launch social ventures in a way that
    they can scale
  • Scale social ventures in a way that they
    generate impact
  • Seed first-generation social entrepreneurs in last-mile communities
  • Catalyze the influence and resources of business, government and media towards fostering many more social ventures

PROJECTS



OUR CONSULTING PROJECTS SEE ALL


SCALING UP


OUR SERVICES

  • Mapping creative routes for scaling models
  • Strategic planning
  • Business plan development
  • Building robust operations and people resources
  • Developing replication toolkits


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URVASHI SAHNI | Founder-President, Study Hall Education Foundation

"Start Up! conducted a process evaluation in the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) across Uttar Pradesh. They were quick to develop a sound understanding of our program and devise a long-term scale strategy for us. The Start Up! team is thorough and goes the extra mile to ensure the highest quality output. Most importantly, they continue to extend their support after the closure of the project and do not lose any opportunity to add value. We look forward to working with them in the future."

CLIENTS

  • Anjali – Mental Health and Human Rights Initiative
  • Arthink South Asia
  • Azad Foundation & Sakha Consulting Wings Pvt. Ltd.
  • Childline India Foundation
  • Itihaas
  • Khoj International Artists Association
  • The Tata Trust
  • Study Hall Education Foundation
  • Swayam
  • Swayam Shikshan Prayog
  • Shri Jagdamba Samiti
  • Talaash


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SMITA VATS | Founder-Director

"Start Up! partnered with Itihaas to translate our work, vision and values into a viable and balanced five-year business plan. Over a year of intense engagement, they helped define areas which we had not recognized as strategic levers. Often their understanding of our model was better than ours, therefore adding value far beyond what we had envisaged.






RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE GENERATION


OUR SERVICES

  • Conducting market research for new products and services
  • Conducting impact assessments
  • Building standards for the field


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VIVEK MANSUKHANI | Director, Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program India

"Start Up! carried out an impressive quantitative and qualitative evaluation project to assess the impact of our unique fellowship program in India over the last decade. We found the Start Up! team to be dynamic, sharply focused, committed, full of ideas and good energies. They were highly effective in studying and capturing the story of our program and our fellows with great clarity, insight and enthusiasm. Collaborating with Start Up! has been a hugely pleasant and rewarding experience."

CLIENTS

  • Aajeevika Bureau
  • Childline India Foundation
  • Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program
  • Gray Matters Capital
  • International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW)
  • PRADAN
  • Toxics Link





TRAINING AND FACILITATION


OUR SERVICES

  • Strategic planning trainings
  • Team building trainings
  • Curating and facilitating retreats and networking events


CLIENTS

  • Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
  • ArtThink South Asia
  • British Council
  • National Association of Social Enterprises (NASE)





DUE DILIGENCE FOR FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS


OUR SERVICES

  • Designing and conducting marketing and outreach
  • Managing end-to-end due diligence processes
  • Anchoring communication with all stakeholders
  • Ensuring high quality jury presentations
  • Managing media relations


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AJAY KHANNA | President – Strategy & Public Affairs, Jubilant Bhartia Group

"We cherish our engagement with Start Up! With their support, we have been able to generate a robust pipeline of applicants and ensure high quality due diligence for the Jubilant-Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in India, year-on-year."

CLIENTS

  • India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – hosted by Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Ashoka: Innovators for the Public





ACCOMPLISHMENTS

13

Social ventures incubated and scaled

28

Mature stage social entrepreneurs consulted

100+

Early-stage social entrepreneurs trained

6

Research and impact assessment reports published

5

Years of managing the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award

OUR TEAM


Taveesh Pandey
Taveesh Pandey
Director (non-executive)

An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, Taveesh has more than 20 years of experience in the Indian financial and business sector. He has played a leading role in institutions such as IFC, CRISIL and the SUN GROUP. Taveesh is the Founder-Director of Black Diamond PE Advisors; a New Delhi based corporate venture and financial advisory firm that advises early-stage, small and mid-size companies. He offers hands-on CXO services to entrepreneurs and provides an array of services to HNIs.

Taveesh is now playing an increasing role in mentoring social entrepreneurs and shaping institutions of the future within the field of social entrepreneurship.

Manisha Gupta
Manisha Gupta
Founder and Director

Manisha has 20 years of experience in the social entrepreneurship sector of India. She joined Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in 1994, where she served for nine years in key leadership positions, including the India Country Representative and International Director for Ashoka's youth programmes. During her tenure at Ashoka, Manisha launched new initiatives to build a collaborative community of social entrepreneurs in India. She also launched Ashoka India's marketing, communication and brand building programmes.

After her departure from Ashoka, Manisha advised several high-impact social ventures in strategic planning and successful fundraising. She has consulted with international funders and co-authored two books: 1098 - Childline Calling, and Opening Doors – Ten Years of Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program in India.

Manisha launched Start Up! in 2007. After a two-year test-run, she set up the business, formally, in 2009.

Vanitha Jairam
Vanitha Jairam
Manager

Vanitha brings to Start Up! more than a decade of experience in strategic communication; developing, documenting and implementing business processes and operational systems; client relationship management and business development. With experience in both the corporate and the not-for-profit worlds, Vanitha believes that environments that facilitate cross-learning, active reflection and open dialogue are crucial to learning and growth.

Dipra Dey
Dipra Dey
Senior Associate

Dipra has a Master's in International Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Essex, UK. Before joining Start Up! she incubated an early-stage enterprise in London which works with the immigrant community, providing English-language training that would equip them for jobs in the hospitality and health industries. Dipra brings to Start Up! her passion for research and technology to aid small and medium scale ventures.

SUMONA CHAKRAVARTY
Sumona Chakravarty
Associate

Sumona has trained in design thinking from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology (Bangalore) and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She is also the Founder-Director of Hamdasti, a non-profit art organization in Kolkata. Hamdasti brings neighbourhood groups, urban local bodies and the police to develop shared cultural projects.

At Start Up, Sumona combines her training and expertise in collaborative design processes to build new programmes for social entrepreneurs of Kolkata.


FELLOWSHIP

WE RUN AN ACTIVE THREE TO SIX MONTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME FOR INDIAN AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE KEEN TO WORK WITH LEADING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS OF INDIA


Our Fellows, quickly become part of projects that take them to the field, and enable them to problem solve actively with our clients. Fellows also build out new initiatives and processes for Start Up!

Start Up! has hosted Fellows from leading academic institutions of Europe and the US. These include Booth School of Business (University of Chicago); Stephen M. Ross School of Business (University of Michigan); Fletcher School (Tufts University); Princeton University; School of International & Public Affairs (Columbia University); University of California, Berkley; HEC School of Management, Paris; and ESSEC, Paris. We recruit Fellows through the year, on a rolling basis.

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