TANSEED 1.0 by StartupTN

Headstart Network Foundation

TANSEED 1.0 by StartupTN

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We are glad to announce that we are launching first edition of our flagship initiative “Tamil Nadu Startup Seed Grant Fund (TANSEED) 2021′ in association with Headstart Network Foundation. This initiative aims to promote innovation and startup culture by providing financial grants to budding entrepreneurs.

Past Programme – Success Stories

Solutions – AMA – They have been incubated at IIT-M Incubation Cell and have recently raised their first institutional funding round from Speciale Invest. 

Print Media – Link – Business Standard

Greenpod Labs – AMA – They were recently placed second in the AIC-School of Business Grand Idea Challenge and they have joined Rockstart Agrifood Accelerator which is based out of Netherlands and raised funds as well. 

Neomotion Assistive Solutions – AMA

Buyofuel – AMA – Incubated at AIC RAISE, Coimbatore, are now in the final stage of closing a round of institutional funding from IPV Ventures. 

Program Report – Brief

Program Report in brief:

Registration Process (January 2nd – 25th, 2021)

The First Edition of TANSEED 2021 was announced in the month of January 2021 and applications were invited online through startuptn.in. The StartupTN team along with Headstart had created awareness via multiple digital and print mediums and had garnered a total of 1399 Applications by the end of 25th January, 2021,which being the deadline.

Shortlisting of Applications (January 25th – February 6th, 2021)

The applications were shortlisted, by a team from StartupTN and Headstart Network Foundation, as per the eligibility criteria mentioned in the TANSEED Guidelines. In addition, the following parameters were further for evaluation; Team, Market Potential, Traction , Impact Potential and the Product.

35 startups were shortlisted by the team out of 1399. Email communications were sent to the shortlisted startups in order to confirm their participation and get self-declaration from them adhering to the terms & conditions of TANSEED and that they satisfy the criteria for availing the grant.

Bootcamp (February 8th – 11th, 2021)

The 35 selected startups were onboarded to attend online bootcamp/knowledge sharing webinar sessions through Zoom. Out of which 34 confirmed their participation. Headstart Network Foundation has done a wonderful job in curating the right set of knowledge sharing workshops for the Startups, starting with

1. FireSide Chat: How to create a truly differentiated product/service? by Arul Murugan, SnackExperts

2. Essentials of Storytelling (Cont.) by Mr. Rajesh Pandit, Storywallah

3. How to better your Go-To-Market (GTM) Strategy? by Mr. Akshay Surendra, Head of User Growth, Dunzo.

4. Basics of Creating an Effective Pitch Deck by Mr. Pradeep Yuvaraj, Founder, Prezantim

Pre-Final Pitch (February 12th & 13th, 2021) Pre-Final Pitch was conducted on 12th & 13th February, 2021 for 34 shortlisted startups that participated in the Bootcamp. However, 2 startups didn’t participate in the pre-final pitch due to internal team issues. 

The participating startups were evaluated on the basis of following criteria ; Team Potential , Market Potential, Product, Traction , Moat/X Factor by a jury panel constituted by Headstart Network Foundation consisting of Domain Experts, Investment analysts and associates, partners from Venture Firms, Founders & CEOs. Out of the participating 32 startups, 21 startups were shortlisted for the Final Pitch.


Final Pitch (February 14th, 2021)

The 21 Startups shortlisted from the pre-final pitch, were allocated 5 minutes for pitching and 5 minutes for Q&A by the Jury Panel.  The scoring metrics and evaluation is the same as followed for the pre-final pitch.

Jury Panel –
Murugavel, Founder and CEO – Matrimony.com

Rema Subramanian, Managing Partner – Ankur Capital & Visalakshmi Ray  Vinayak, CTO – Microsoft for Startups 

Prasad, Founder & CEO – Anthill Ventures &  Zaran Bhagwagar, Investment Associate & Nagarajan.S, Mission Director, StartupTN & Krishnan Unni, JS, Finance, GoTN

The jury after evaluating all the 21 startups have selected the following 10 Startups for the TANSEED Grant of INR 10 Lakh each.

(in no particular order)

1. Galaxeye Space Solutions

2. Greenpod Labs

3. Buyofuel

4. Blunav Technologies

5. Log2 Base2

6. IppoPay

7. Kaigal.com

8. Neomotion Assistive Technologies

9. MicroGO

10. Stat logic India

Outreach Partners

Event registration closed.

Date And Time

Saturday 2nd January 2021 to
Sunday 14th February 2021

Registration End Date

Tuesday 2nd February 2021


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