Empowering Tomorrow: Fostering Entrepreneurs in

Emerging Sectors

Tamil Nadu Emerging Sector Seed Fund (TNESSF) is a SEBI registered AIF (Venture Capital Fund) catalysing the growth of the startups and MSME ecosystem, with a melliferous team of seasoned professionals. TNESSF seeks to be long term partner with novel, disruptive yet differentiated companies providing insights, knowledge and funding.

TNESSF is the most active investor for CY 2023 in Tamil Nadu, as per Venture Intelligence database.

Investment Focus

TNESSF maintains an open approach to diverse sectors, particularly those in the growth stage. The fund currently concentrates its efforts on supporting companies in Tamil Nadu. Typically, investments made by the fund fall within the range of INR 3 to 10 crore, either through equity participation or convertible instruments.
Key Differentiators

Institutional Credibility

Visibility and Trust gained through partnering with a Government supported fund.

Follow-On Funding Based on Achieved Milestones

Leverage relationships in the VC/PE ecosystem and potentially participate in additional fund rounds based on milestones achieved.

Access to Supportive Business Networks

Mentoring and connecting with potential investors, partners and customers.

Sustainable Growth

Ensuring a balanced approach that focuses on both financial returns and social impact.

Evaluation Criteria

track record

Commitment to UN SDGs and ESG impact

Innovation and Growth Prospects

Potential Impact on the Economy of Tamil Nadu

Efficient Capital Utilization

Exit Opportunities, such as Acquistion or Public Listing

Scalable Business Model

Portfolio Impact

The fund activities are closely aligned with the following SDG’s.


~12% Reduction in Food Wastage in Supply Chains
~800 MT CO, emissions reduced (-80 MT/month being reduced)
~1,500 E-Vehicles added (adding-100/month)
>35% Portfolio investments with women founders
~25,000 Jobs supported (adding ~500 jobs/month)

Our Portfolio

Digital platform for Agri distribution in Tier-2/3 towns

Robotics and Automation in tea harvesting

EV based delivery services

Online pharmacy for super specialty medicines

Supply Chain Planning SaaS for HealthCare Vertical


Blue collar job portal focused on MSMEs

Oxyzen Express – New age Express Distribution solutions

Development of new Axial Flux electric motors

Our Investors

Investment Committee



Broadline Technologies



InGage group of companies



TiE Chennai

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