Program Associate

Start Up!
New Delhi, India
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Start Up!  is an incubator, impact accelerator and leadership springboard for social entrepreneurs. We seed and scale social ventures that create lasting impact in under-served communities.

We work with social ventures (across the profit- non-profit continuum) that are at different stages in their lifecycle- seed, growth and maturity. We build enduring social change models with focus on innovation, impact and sustainability.
Over eight years, Start Up! has incubated and scaled more than 60  social ventures; we have delivered 150 change projects in 15 states. Our teams have trained 350  leaders of grassroots, small and medium-scale social enterprises in strategic planning and leadership building. We have also incubated incubators!

Here’s a glimpse of some of the social ventures that we have shaped:
       A professional women’s chauffeur and cab company – powered by women from urban poor communities.
       A wealth management model for seasonal migrants and their families.
       A school of entrepreneurship and leadership for grassroots women entrepreneurs.
       Village-level tea producing companies, led by small and marginal tea growers.
       A multi-city culture and heritage education program for government and private schools.
       A sport for development program with focus on gender and sexuality for adolescent girls from disadvantaged communities.
       An India-wide skilling and employment venture for persons with disabilities.

We also run the outreach and due diligence for two national awards:
       The India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – for Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
       The Woman Exemplar Program – for CII Foundation

We incubate and scale social ventures through a proven 8 Step Methodology, which has been developed in-house by Start Up! All our services are immersive and field-based. We co-create and co-entrepreneur solutions  with social entrepreneurs. In all our work, we use design thinking and other creative methods that have been developed by our team. To know more, please visit our website:


We are looking for an entrepreneurial person with demonstrated leadership in the social entrepreneurship sector and a keenness to grow Start Up’s unique business model.  You will be part of an “Everybody An Intrapraneur” team that builds vibrant social ventures and an active eco-system for social entrepreneurship across India.

Role: Program Associate
Location: Delhi
Work arrangement: Full-time permanent position


1.Incubation/Impact Acceleration/ Leadership Development
You will support teams that incubate and accelerate social ventures, based on Start Up’s 8 Step Methodology.  This will require you to:
       Provide research, coordination and communication support towards building go-to-market strategies, business plans, financial models, operational plans and other execution solutions for social entrepreneurs.
       Research and maintain a robust investor and funder network; connect them to our partners and clients.
       Coordinate and organize leadership training workshops and mentoring programs for social entrepreneurs.
       Ensure excellent project documentation, report writing, project management and regular communication with all stakeholders.

2.Building Our Business
As part of a fast-growing entrepreneurial team, you will also be required to support:
       Research and knowledge building for the sector – including creating reports on sectoral and thematic innovations and trends.
       Building and updating our databases of information and insights.
       Supporting business development and communication for Start Up! – with focus on digital media.

3. Managing Systems and Processes
You will anchor our project management processes and systems, across all teams.


       Understanding of social entrepreneurship in India and globally.
       Excellent primary and secondary research skills with the ability to do statistical data analysis.
       Ability to manage projects and deadlines with professionalism, timeliness and quality.
       Strong written and verbal communication skills.
       Initiative- taking, resilience, high problem-solving abilities, attention to detail.
       Enthusiasm for working with grassroots communities and/or with social entrepreneurs in their fields of operation.
       Willingness to work hard and quest for self-improvement.


       Post-graduation, with specialization in social entrepreneurship or design and communication or economics preferred.
       Minimum 2-3 years of experience- either as a team member in a social enterprise, or in a eco-system building/support organization for social entrepreneurs, or in a research and consulting venture.
       Fluency in English and Hindi; knowledge of additional Indian languages will be a plus.
       Excellent skills in MS office/equivalent applications, especially MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint.


Innovation, growth and excellence in execution are the core behaviours of Start Up! As part of the Start Up! team you can expect to:
       Train and be coached by your supervisors in our in-house methodologies of incubating and accelerating social ventures.
       Work with India’s leading social entrepreneurs.
       Travel extensively to gather sector insights and intelligence from the ground-up.
       Tinker with our bank of innovative tools, templates and design-thinking approaches;  and create new one if you desire.
        Play on multiple opportunities for creative writing and communication.

Send your resume (not more than 3 pages), details of your current compensation and a cover letter stating your expression of interest and suitability for the position to and  Candidates unable to commit 2 years to Start Up! need not apply.