This Centre become operational in June 1995 and started providing statutory services to IT /ITeS units registered under the STP Scheme and hardware manufacturing units under EHTP Scheme.
From August 1999, Chennai Centre was declared to function as an independent Centre having jurisdiction over the State of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
STP units have contributed an export turnover of Rs. 3,75,988 Crores Nationally as on 31/03/2018, out of which export turnover of Rs. 37,102 crores are from 527 Units based at Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
STPI units have shown an exponential growth of 34 units in 1995 to 592 units in 2019. Similarly exports have risen from 37 crores in 1995 to 40,710 crores (estimated) in 2018-2019. The total IT exports from Tamil Nadu including IT SEZ is Rs. 1,22,899 crores in the FY : 18-19.
After establishing sizeable industry base, this Chennai center put High Speed Data communication (HSDC) facilities during 1999 in Coimbatore and subsequently in Chennai, Madurai, Pondicherry and Tirunelveli.
Today STPI Chennai has spread its industry base across 10 districts of Tamil Nadu Viz., Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Thirunelveli, Salem, Vellore, Tirupur, Erode, Thanjavur. Though the major concentration of exporting companies are at Chennai, secondary cities are being seriously considered by the IT companies for cost advantage and good human resource.
Continuous interaction with industry and academia through various seminars, workshops has enabled the growth of industries in such a rapid way.