TANSIM Recruitment 2023

Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation Mission, under the brand StartupTN, is a Section 8
company established under the Companies Act, 2013, by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
It serves as the policy and strategic plans implementation agency under the MSME
Department. StartupTN’s vision is to make Tamil Nadu a Global Innovation Hub and the
most preferred destination for Startups

Call for applications for various posts in StartupTN

Last date to apply: 31st March 2023

Recruitment Guidelines

Designation with Roles & Responsibilities

S.No.PositionPrior ExperienceSalary Range*No. of Positions
1Associate Vice President10+ yearsRs. 1,50,000 to Rs. 1,75,0002
2Project Lead6+ yearsRs. 75,000 to Rs. 1,25,0002
3Project Associate2+ yearsRs.25,000 to Rs. 50,0008

Startup Ecosystem knowledge for Associates & exposure for Leads and Vice President is a must

* All figures mentioned are Salary per Month. The fixation within the specified range may
vary based on the experience and exposure to the Startup Ecosystem.

The vacant positions are as follows: 

DesignationNo. of positions
Associate Vice President – Sectoral Impact1
Associate Vice President – Operations1
Project Lead – Incubation1
Project Lead – Communication1
Project Associate – Market Access Initiatives1
Project Associate – Regional Startup Hub1
Project Associate – Community Initiatives1
Project Associate – Fablabs – Tech Assistant3
Project Associate – Investment Initiatives1
Project Associate – Project Management Office1

Terms of Employment  

Recruitment is on a contract basis and consolidated monthly pay for a term of three years.
The contract will be renewed year-on-year based on performance of the individual.

For any queries, please reach out to [email protected] 

Please find here detailed Recruitment Guidelines, please download the below document


Job Descriptions

Roles and Responsibilities of Associate Vice President (AVP)
Common Roles and Responsibilities
● Work closely with the Mission Director/Chief Executive Officer of StartupTN,
senior leadership within the organisation and officials/colleagues in various
Government departments to develop strategies and deliver according to the
dynamically changing Work Plan.
● Lead and manage multi-disciplinary teams and work on cross-functional
engagements within StartupTN and across line departments in the Government in
implementing programs and initiatives to achieve the core as well as allied project
● Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the State, nationally
and globally, which can be leveraged by StartupTN, startups and other relevant
departments for supporting StartupTN’s activities.
● Successfully implement all the relevant schemes and programs announced by the
Government towards the development and strengthening of the Startup
Ecosystem in the State.
● Design, implement, foresee, analyse and continuously improve schemes and
programs. Analyse policy support and build systems for continuous process
improvement to support the changing climate and ensure smooth workflow from
● Staying abreast of developments in the Startup landscape, opportunities for
expansion, partners, markets, new industry developments and standards.
Alertness on any opportunities that the organisation can leverage and pursue for
its advantage.
● Benchmark key national as well as global policy initiatives and work towards
drawing the best practices with the objective of strengthening the policies and
plans of StartupTN.
● Lead, guide, direct and evaluate the work of respective units/departments of the
organisation in order to make seamless integration of multiple projects that may be
running simultaneously.
● Directly and indirectly manage staff with the goal of enhancing professional
development and personal growth. Form and lead internal teams, provide training
and mentorship as needed.
● Exhibit and encourage an intensive intrapreneurial culture with passion and
commitment towards making Tamil Nadu a global hub for entrepreneurial
Specific Roles and Responsibilities of Associate Vice President
Associate Vice President – Sectoral Impact
● Having deep knowledge with regards to various sectors impacting Startups and
economic growth.
● Building strategy to help holistic decision making based on sectoral impacts and
● Seamless coordination with various departments and organisations in arriving at
various sectoral reforms and activities to support building the Startup culture.
● Prepare sectoral and thematic reports for supporting data driven decisions. Arrive
at meaningful insights of the data generated and monitor progress of key
● Identify key issues faced by Startups from different sectors and build sector
specific support frameworks along with the concerned departments for speedy
redressal of the issues.
● Be vigil and update the sector-based reports based upon global sectoral impacts.
● Work on research and help in knowledge creation, thereby letting StartupTN make
impactful policies and programmes.
● Help focus more on outcomes and impacts and create a sustainable environment
within sectors.
● Create linkage amongst sectors by building inter and intra sectoral reports and
thereby bringing together the stakeholders with the ecosystem.
Associate Vice President – Operations
● Develop, assess and implement financial objectives and operational policy. Act as
key advisor on resource enhancement and operational policy, providing guidance,
education and training.
● Oversee and assist the management with the annual and capital budgeting, cash
flow, financial statements and allocation.
● Utilise metrics to assess and drive financial performance and ensure that the
objectives are met.
● Work closely with both internal and external auditors and ensure that StartupTN
adheres to all applicable regulations.
● Ensure that StartupTN maintains sound financial management practices as well as
overseeing fiscal operations, accounts payable/receivable, budget, payroll,
purchasing and other areas.
● Provide oversight on all operational activities including transaction accuracy and
execution of operational leadership tasks.
● Establish, implement and communicate the strategic direction of the organisation’s
operations division.
● Collaborate with executive leadership to develop and meet company goals while
supplying expertise and guidance on operations projects and systems.
● Collaborate with other verticals and departments to carry out the organisation’s
goals and objectives.
● Identify, recommend and implement new processes, technologies and systems to
improve and streamline organisational processes and use of resources and
● Ensure that StartupTN’s decisions and project plans such as those for staffing,
development, organisation, material efficiency, hardware acquisitions and facilities
are in line with StartupTN’s business plan and vision.
● Establish, communicate and implement operations-related policies, practices,
standards and security measures to ensure effective and consistent support and
● Review and approve cost-control reports, cost estimates and staffing requirements
for projects.
● Establish and administer StartupTN’s budget.
● Maintain knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in operations
● Identify training needs and ensure proper training is developed and provided.
Roles and Responsibilities of Project Lead (PL)
Project Lead – Incubation
● Coordinate with the incubators across the State and act as a nodal agency for
incubators in the system.
● Establish Institutional incubators and Industrial incubators in the Startup
● Establish Fablabs and Makerspace establishment for the benefit of Startups.
● Coordinating the capacity building programmes for Incubation Managers and
● Organise StartupTN placement drives to help Startups to source human resources
and help potential candidates to figure out prospective jobs.
● Build and manage the incubator maturity model and attend to the requirements of
the ecosystem.
● Strategy implementation for sustaining TN Incubators (i.e. Fund management)
● Prepare the Annual Incubation Ecosystem Report.
● Actively participate in various programmes by partnering with Incubators for
enabling and enhancing the Startup ecosystem.
● Coordinate the delivery of training classes and mentoring sessions for Startups.
Project Lead – Communication
● Collaborate with the management to develop and implement an effective
communication strategy based on our target audience.
● Write, edit and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website
and social media content, annual reports, speeches and other marketing material
that communicates StartupTN’s activities.
● Respond to media inquiries, arrange interviews and actively act as a point of
contact to publicise and propagate the various activities and initiatives of
● Establish and maintain effective relationships with journalists and maintain a
media database across the State.
● Establish and maintain contacts with mainstream media and new age media
platforms (including electronic and online) for effective dissemination of
● Seek opportunities to enhance the reputation of the StartupTN brand and
coordinate publicity events as required.
● Maintain records of media coverages and collate analytics and metrics.
● Proficiency in design, presentation and publishing software.
● Proficient in Microsoft Office tools, content management systems and social media
● Develop escalation protocols for managing communication crises, by escalating
them to the management, should they arise.
● Coordinate with the vendors and agencies to ensure timely delivery of publicity
materials for the different departments and functions in StartupTN.
● Manage effective communication within the departments and functions of
● Maintain unified brand voice across different social media channels.
Roles and Responsibilities of Project Associates (PA)
Common Roles and Responsibilities
● Supporting the team leadership in all aspects.
● Coordinating programs and assignments by ensuring effective implementation of
the Startup and Innovation programs across the State.
● Overseeing and monitoring beneficiaries by deploying best practices for
post-program engagement and support.
● Processing applications/ proposals/ claims of beneficiaries with due diligence.
● Preliminary scrutiny of applications/ proposals/ claims for the various initiatives
of StartupTN.
● Facilitating projects, meeting timelines, measuring the impact, collecting feedback
and reporting the metrics are an integral part of the job.
● Handle any other work related to StartupTN assigned from time to time by the
● Maintain strong relationships with the internal and external stakeholders.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities of Project Associates
Project Associate – Market Access Initiatives
● Maintain and create a database of all the relevant stakeholders for enabling market
access for startups.
● Coordinate with the Vice President/ Associate Vice President and Project Leader
for implementation of programs and activities related to Market Access Initiatives.
● Be aware and updated on the opportunities related to events and programmes that
are beneficial to startups.
● Explore networking opportunities in the State and nationally for the benefit of
Project Associate – Regional Startup Hub
● Be the last mile connecting person in the respective hubs for ground level
● Be the face of StartupTN and point of contact for all activities related to StartupTN
at the hub.
● Ensure penetration of all the schemes and programmes.
● Maintain and update databases of all the relevant stakeholders at the hub.
Project Associate: Community Initiatives
● Coordinate execution of community related events.
● Assist the Associate Vice President in running initiatives like TN BrandLabs and
Sectoral Forums for bringing in expert knowhow from relevant industries to
support the startups of a particular sector on need basis.
● Coordinate hosting startup talks/ meet-ups and participate in such events to
improve the participation of StartupTN and startups in Tamil Nadu.
Project Associate: FabLabs (Tech Assistant)
● Responsible for assisting the innovation labs.
● Have knowledge and exposure to tools and techniques for prototyping innovative
solutions using creative technologies covering IoT sensors, edge computing &
networks, additive manufacturing, industrial automation, robotics, artificial
intelligence, AR/VR etc.
● Preference will be given for experience working with leading industry 4.0 or
digital transformation projects in small to mid-sized manufacturing companies;
working with industry sponsored innovation/research CoEs in academia;
developing curriculum / courses and delivering industrial skills training
programs in emerging digital technologies; implementing systems integration for
deployment of industry 4.0 solutions in factories.
Project Associate – Investment Initiatives
● Support on-boarding of investors on to the StartupTN platform.
● Curate and manage databases on relevant investors and funds that can be enabled
for startups.
● Be the on-ground point of contact for all the funding related queries from startups
and investors/ funding community and escalating critical issues to the senior
Project Associate: Project Management Unit
● Support the Vice President/ Associate Vice President in collection and
streamlining of data for all verticals of TANSIM.
● Support the project team and other teams of TANSIM with required relevant data.
● Support collection and filing information for the Startup India ranking.

Qualification & Experience:

● Graduation or Post Graduation.
● The candidate should demonstrate the attitude of perennial curiosity in unlearning
and relearning with exceptional managerial skills.
● Preference will be given for candidates with working experience in the Startup
Ecosystem like:
❖ Startup & Innovation agencies of National/ State Governments/
Entrepreneurship Promotion bodies.
❖ Ex-Startup Founders.
❖ Managerial role in Corporates/ Startups.
❖ Non-government startup community/ startup support organisations.
❖ Manager/ leader in consulting firms with individual track records in
handling startup subjects.
❖ Startup and new economy related market research firms.
❖ Leading advanced research projects with immense
commercialization capability or creating high impact potential.
❖ Active volunteer in startup communities.

Other Desired Qualities:

● Skills and experience in leading projects/ teams at various entrepreneurship
● Collaborative mindset and a knack to constantly learn.
● Experience in using modern tech tools in addition to basic office suites. A tech
savvy/ enthusiast with good know-how of tools that helps optimize work. Ability
to work as part of a team and liaise with several stakeholders in a friendly and
professional demeanor.
● The candidate is expected to have a good understanding of Tamil Nadu, Indian
and global Startup landscapes. They are expected to have exceptional
interpersonal skills and entrepreneur friendly attitude along with a deep
understanding of key subjects that spread across the startup lifecycle.
● Candidates are expected to have good proficiency in Tamil and English.


Remuneration will be on a monthly consolidated pay basis. It will be based on the
candidate’s relevant experience, educational qualification, skills and current or last drawn
salary. It will be fixed by the Mission Director of StartupTN in consultation with the
Selection Committee.
The remuneration does not cover Travel Allowance for official travel. Travel Allowance
shall be borne by StartupTN at par with the prevailing policies.


Aspiring Candidates are requested to download the application form (attached as
Annexure) and upload the filled in application form at https://bit.ly/stncareers along
with an updated copy of their resume with necessary details within 15 days from the date
of the recruitment notification. There is no registration/ application fee.

Recruitment process

The recruitment process will begin with resume screening and shortlisting, followed by
technical round and HR interviews by the selection committee. Interviews will be in
person at Chennai and will be conducted in English/ Tamil.

General Information

a. Only Indian nationals are eligible to apply.
b. The posts are on a fixed term contract for 3 years, renewable by StartupTN every
year based on the satisfactory performance of the candidates.
c. While appearing for the interview the candidate should produce all the required
valid original certificates/ documents prescribed for verification purpose. In the
absence of original certificates/ documents, the candidature of the candidate shall
be cancelled. StartupTN takes no responsibility to receive/collect any
certificate/document sent separately.
d. Certificate of Physical Fitness: Candidates selected for appointment to the posts will
be required to produce a certificate of physical fitness from the Medical Officer of
Rank as stipulated by StartupTN.
e. Details of correct and true information regarding arrest, convictions/ debarment/
disqualification by any recruiting agency, criminal or any disciplinary proceedings
initiated or finalised, participation in agitation or affiliation to any Political
Organisation, candidature in election for Parliament/ State Legislature/ Local
Bodies, etc., if any, should also be furnished to StartupTN at the time of
application. Original judgment of acquittals, orders or government orders of
dropping further action in departmental proceedings or any document that may
prove the suitability of such candidates for a Government appointment in such
cases must be produced at the time of certificate verification/interview.
f. Applications containing wrong claims relating to basic qualification/ eligibility
age/ category of reservation/ educational qualification will be liable for rejection.
g. StartupTN management reserves the right to decide the candidature, date of
issuing the offer for appointment to the selected candidates and shuffling their
roles in future based on organisational requirement.


a. Printout of the application form and resume.
b. Proof of date of birth (Birth Certificate issued by the competent local body
authorities or the SSLC/ X Standard mark sheet that states the Date of Birth)
c. Photo identity proof (with the photograph of the candidate clearly visible) issued
by the competent authority, viz., Aadhar Card/ Passport/ Electors Photo ID Card/
PAN Card or Driving license. No other ID cards will be accepted.
d. Mark-sheets & Certificate of 10th Standard, Higher Secondary, Graduation, other
qualifying degree examination, etc.
e. Candidates serving in Government/ Quasi Government offices/ Public Sector
Undertakings (including Nationalized Banks and Financial Institutions) are
required to produce a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from their employer at the time of
attending the interview.
f. Experience certificate.
g. Any other relevant document in support of eligibility or evidence of past work
(write ups/ proposals, etc.)
Note: Non submission of requisite certificate/ documents by the candidate at the time
of interview will result in debarring his/ her candidature from further participation in
the recruitment process. Issuance of offer of appointment lies solely at the discretion
of StartupTN and its decision will be final and binding.


a. The candidate’s identity will be verified with respect to his/ her details on the
application form, in the attendance list and requisite documents submitted.
b. Candidates must note that the name as appearing on the application form should
match the name as appearing on the photo identity proof. Candidates who have
changed first/ middle/ last name post marriage must take special note of this. In
case of candidates who have changed their name, they will be allowed only if they
produce original Gazette notification/ their original marriage certificate/ affidavit
in original.
c. If there is any mismatch between the names indicated in the application form and
Photo Identity Proof or if the identity of the candidate is in doubt, they may not be
allowed to appear for the interview.


a. Before applying for the post, the candidate should ensure that he/she fulfills the
eligibility and other norms mentioned in this notification. Candidates are,
therefore, advised to carefully read this notification and follow all the instructions
b. A candidate’s admission to the examination/ interview and subsequent processes
is strictly provisional. The mere fact that the call letter(s)/provisional allotment has
been issued to the candidate does not imply that his/ her candidature has been
finally cleared by StartupTN.
c. StartupTN would be free to reject any application, at any stage of the process, cancel
the candidature of the candidate in case it is detected at any stage that a candidate
does not fulfill the eligibility norms or that he/ she has furnished any incorrect/
false information(s) certificate(s)/ document(s) or has suppressed any material
d. If the candidate is rejected for any reason according to the terms and conditions of
this notification, no further representation in this regard will be entertained. If any
of these shortcoming(s) is/are detected after appointment in StartupTN, his/ her
services are liable to be summarily terminated. Decision of StartupTN in all
matters regarding eligibility of the candidate, stages at which such scrutiny of
eligibility is to be undertaken, qualifications and other eligibility norms, the
documents to be produced for the purpose of conduct of examination, interview,
verification etc. and in any other matter relating to Recruitment Process will be
final and binding on the candidate. No correspondence and personal enquiries
shall be entertained by StartupTN on this behalf.
e. Not more than one application should be submitted by the candidate. In case of
multiple applications only the latest valid (submitted) application will be retained.
f. Any dispute arising out of the notification including the recruitment process shall
be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the Courts situated in Chennai.
g. Any canvassing or creating influence for undue advantage shall lead to
disqualification from the Recruitment Process.
h. Any request for change of address or details mentioned in the submitted
application will not be entertained subsequently.
i. Candidates should ensure that the signatures appended by him/ her in all the
places viz. call letter, attendance sheet, etc. and in all correspondence with the
StartupTN in future are identical and there should be no variation of any kind.
j. A recent recognizable photograph MUST be uploaded by the candidate in the
online application and the candidate should ensure that copies of the same are
retained for use at various stages of the recruitment process. Failure to produce the
same photograph at various stages of the process or doubt about identity at any
stage could lead to disqualification.
k. Candidates will have to appear for the examination/ interview at their own
l. Appointment of selected candidates is subject to his/ her being declared medically
fit and as per other requirements of StartupTN as mentioned in this notification
and subject to service and conduct rules of StartupTN, as decided by the Board of
m. StartupTN reserves the right to reschedule/ change (cancel/ modify/ add) any of
the criteria, conduct of the examination/ interview/ method of selection and
provisional allotment, etc.
n. Intimations will be sent to the applicants by SMS or email only to the primary
mobile number or email respectively mentioned in the application form submitted
by the candidates. Hence, the applicant shall enter a valid and functional mobile
number and email ID.
o. StartupTN shall not be responsible if the information/ intimation has not reached
candidates in case of change in the mobile number, technical fault or otherwise,
beyond the control of the StartupTN and the candidates are advised to keep a close
watch on our authorized website for latest updates till the recruitment process gets
p. Appropriate action will be taken by StartupTN as per norms against candidates
found guilty of misconduct or use of unfair means for selection.
q. StartupTN reserves the right to alter the pay range / qualifications for posts.


All further announcements/details pertaining to this process will only be published in
the authorised website www.startuptn.in from time to time. For any queries, please reach
out to [email protected] .
The above mentioned posts, corresponding job descriptions and number of vacancies are
subject to change from time-to-time depending on the evolving needs of the organization.
Candidates are advised to keep visiting the website for current vacancies and positions.

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