Program Manager

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 change models with focus on innovation, impact and sustainability.

Over eight years, Start Up! has incubated and scaled more than 60  social ventures and delivered 150 change projects in 15 states. We 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 have been shaped by us:
       A professional women 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.  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 Manager
Location: Delhi
Work arrangement: Full-time permanent position


1.Incubation/Impact Acceleration/ Leadership Development
You will lead teams that incubate and accelerate social ventures, based on Start Up’s 8 Step Methodology.  This will require you to:
       Design, develop and implement envisioning exercises, go-to-market strategies, business plans, financial models, operational plans and other execution solutions for social entrepreneurs.
       Manage a robust investor and funder network; connect them to our partners and clients.
       Design and organize leadership training workshops and mentoring processes across India.
       Ensure excellent 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 lead:
       Creative marketing and communication for Start Up! – with focus on digital media.
       Business development for the North India region.

3. Innovating Proactively
You will be encouraged to experiment actively and develop an innovation that adds value to Start Up! and/or the social entrepreneurship field, in general.

4. Managing Systems and Processes
You will also be required to ensure excellent management and timely updation of our own ‘insights bank’ – i.e. the research and knowledge-management information systems (KMIS) of Start Up!


       Strong 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 multiple projects with professionalism, timeliness and quality.
       Ability to analyse and cross-pollinate information across sectors.
       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.
       Enthusiasm for travel, especially to rural locations.
       Quest for learning and self-improvement.


       Post-graduation, with specialization in social entrepreneurship or design and communication or economics preferred.
       Minimum 5-6  years of experience- either as a lead team member in a social enterprise, or in a eco-system building/support organization for social entrepreneurs, or in a 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 and peers 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.
       Work directly with the Founder-Director and other CXOs of Start Up!

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.