Monday, November 5, 2012

Summer Fellow

Start Up!

About Start Up!

Start Up! ( is an angel investor, incubator and consultant to social entrepreneurs. We launch, strengthen, and scale social ventures that create lasting impact.

What We Do

As angel investors, we invest non-financial resources to incubate and scale social enterprises. Our investments of time and expertise are geared to put ventures quickly on their feet and make them scale and capital ready.

Our investees include a radio cab company – for women, by women – with women chauffeurs from resource-constrained communities of Delhi; a rural school of entrepreneurship for women micro-entrepreneurs in Maharashtra; a national market aggregator and brand for products made by persons with disabilities and a technology-enabled rural healthcare model for seasonal migrant labour of Rajasthan.

As consultants, we get excited about:

  • Scaling social change models
  • Developing the next generation of innovations for social enterprises and CSOs
  • Assessing the impact of social change ideas and processes
  • Putting change models on sustainability paths
  • Engaging with social entrepreneurs through due diligence processes

Please visit our website for more: You can also write to us for an updated deck on Start Up’s projects and clients.

Call for Summer Fellows, 2013

Start Up! is looking for intrapreneurial Summer Fellows to engage with leading social entrepreneurs in India . An ideal candidate would be someone keen to experience social change in action and immerse in developing new programs for Start Up! as well as sharpening projects led by social entrepreneurs in the field. He/she will have the opportunity to get involved across various internal and client-based projects that may be of his/her interest and/or skill area. Our clients are typically social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in the fields of livelihoods, education, health and arts/culture.

Role: Summer Fellow

Reporting to: Director

Location: New Delhi

Duration: 3-6 months


  • Active engagement in building viable social change models for investees and incubatees of Start Up!
  • Supporting the Start Up! team in scale-related consulting projects for clients.
  • Development of case studies of investees to assess and evaluate the impact of their ventures and the impact of Start Up’s incubation and investment in their models.
  • Research and development of in-house incubation toolkits for start up social entrepreneurs.
  • Developing a business plan and facilitating the launch of Start Up’s impact accelerator program for North India.
  • Sector mapping to build intelligence on key trends, challenges, and players in the eco-system.
  • Building communication and social media strategies for Start Up! as well as its clients and partners.

Knowledge, skills and attributes required

  • Willingness and enthusiasm to learn and engage with social change models; both for-profit and not-for-profit
  • Self-starter with a strong work ethic
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and handle deadlines across two or more projects
  • Ability and willingness to adhere to timelines
  • Excellent skills in MS office/equivalent applications, especially MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of written and spoken English; knowledge of additional Indian languages will be a plus
  • Willingness to travel to rural India

Minimum education qualification and work experience requirements

  • Fellows from academic backgrounds and training in business management, economics, international development and other related domains will be preferred. s
  • Prior experience with a social enterprise will be an advantage; Individuals with 3+ years of work experience will be given priority

Please send your resume and a cover letter to by January 2013

What Our First Batch of Summer Fellows (2012) Has to Say!

“Working at Start Up! was a great opportunity for me to learn about innovative models of social enterprises in India. I was able to hear first-hand from a wide variety of social entrepreneurs about their challenges and successes in starting up and scaling up. With a small team, Start Up! does impressive, high-quality work, and its clients work to improve the lives of the poorest in India. It's an inspiring place to be.”

- Hannah Schiff, Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Hannah brought to Start Up! five years of professional experience in the domain of micro-enterprise development. She conducted an exhaustive benchmarking study and market assessment for a rural technology-enabled primary healthcare model for seasonal migrant labour in Rajasthan – a venture which is currently being incubated by Start Up!


“My summer as a Summer Fellow at Start Up! fit so well in terms of what I was looking for in an internship. I had the opportunity to acclimate myself in a completely new culture and environment, work with a very entrepreneurial team and client, and see what management consulting is like in an emerging market. Furthermore, I was able to apply my HR background and learnings from business school in my projects. Looking back on the 3 months, I am happy to have been a Summer Fellow at Start Up!”

- Jennifer Hsieh, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University Of Michigan

With seven years of work experience in HR and Wealth Management, Jennifer played a key role in building scale solutions for a leading Delhi-based education enterprise. She was part of the team that developed Start Up’s five year business plan and internal HR systems, policies and manual.


"Start Up’s unique market position and strong reputation offered me the ideal opportunity to interact with a wide variety of social entrepreneurs. My work during the fellowship program included a demand assessment for an impact accelerator program as well as consulting engagements across rural healthcare, migrant banking and spacial design. I had high expectations going in to the summer fellows program and Start Up! did not disappoint."

- Justus Killian, USA, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Justus has worked at Merrill Lynch for four years. Among other projects, he conceptualized and led the market assessment and design of an Impact Accelerator Program that Start Up! is planning to launch.

  • Managing Partners

    William Davidson Institute
  • Sponsoring Partner

    Citi Foundation
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