Varun Chawla

Varun is the co-founder of 91springboard. It's one of the biggest co-working communities in India, supporting over 3,000 businesses in their growth journey conceptualised in 2013. He is a seasoned builder always excited by new ideas and has founded multiple startups in the field of real estate, data, and finance - with one of his startups, MyGuestHouse (a budget accommodation aggregator) being acquired by MakeMyTrip.

Prior to his foray into entrepreneurship, Varun worked with Goldman Sachs for 5+ years in Equity Research in the U.S. & India, playing a key role in setting up their operations in Bangalore & Mumbai.

Varun graduated in B.S. Applied Economics & Management from Cornell University, and has a Project Management certification for executives from XLRI.

The Three Pillars of my life are

Nature, Empathy & Earth

Nikit Gupta

Nikit has worked with 91springboard in fundraising, sales, real estate. He began his career with Mahindra & Mahindra and is a mechanical engineer by training having experience in team building & business development, process design, fundraise etc.

The Three Pillars of my life are

Swift, Sharp, Service

Abhimanyu Rathi

Abhimanyu is the co-founder of SLII, a water purification and renewable energy startup and has worked in the education, livelihoods and healthcare spaces. He is a chemical engineer by training and has experience in product building, strategy, compliance, fundraise etc.

The Three Pillars of my life are

Impact, Knowledge, Family

Kritika Kaushal

Kritika has worked in large startups like Delhivery and Dunzo, with product, operations and strategy teams. She is a chemical engineer training and has experience in process excellence, financial modelling, tech implementation.

The Three Pillars of my life are

Observant, Enthusiastic, Meticulous

Charlez Kurian John

Charlez has worked in 91springboard with the project management team & has worked on various government projects in the state of Kerala. He is a certified project manager and has experience in operations excellence, administration.

The Three Pillars of my life are

Patience, Persistence, Relentless

Alakshi Tomar

Alakshi is the co-founder TruCup, a sustainable menstruation startup & has worked with Piramal Foundation, and Accenture. Previously a Gandhi fellow, she has experience in the impact space, strategy, operations, product, marketing.

The Three Pillars of my life are

Balance, Kindness, Knowledge

Aditya Rao

An entrepreneur who's grown his family's engineering business, Pennar Industries, to over Rs. 2500cr per year in revenues. He has built new businesses, some publicly listed, focused on pre-engineered buildings, and water and environment infrastructure. He has led Pennar's overseas expansion to markets like the United States. He is a Cornell grad who also invests in startups out of his passion to support and grow entrepreneurship.

The Three Pillars of my life are

Sustainability, Startups, Family

Our guide to the process

Our selection process is broken down into three major stages that span over a period of six to twelve weeks. At each stage, we will work with you to make sure that value is derived by all involved. These stages typically involve some of the following activities - clarifying vision and values, developing strategy, devising product market fit strategies, building business plans and financial models.We recognize that different founders are at different stages of their startup lifecycle, we commit to adjust to your requirements and pace. We’re ready when you’re ready.

Stage 1 : Discover

In this stage, we aim to identify (with a high level of probability) that there will be  a mutual fit between our goals , your idea and approach. In order to do that, we request you to articulate the idea by filling up this form. We also request that you read our partnership approach and terms. It serves to  share our thought process and working terms with you. 

Timelines? Once we get your application form, and we at build3 feel that your goals align with ours we’ll schedule a meeting with you. We’ll typically get back to you within 2 working days from the date we receive your application. 

Stage 2 : Establish Fit

During this stage of the process, we are looking to dive deeper into topics that are deemed to be current opportunities or challenges by you, through these discussions we will populate our above mentioned 4C framework. We will probably meet with you 2-3 times (in-person/ online) to understand your journey, business plan, challenges and deep dive where relevant, showcasing what value we can provide through your startup journey. Due to our uncommon approach, we have found that founders want to discuss details of our partnership, we typically schedule a conversation to focus on our working relationship (financial and operational) at this stage. 

If a strong fit is felt between the frontline build3 team members and the founder(s)we will request you to create a business plan & financial model, followed by a meeting with the rest of our team and share on the terms (of course post due diligence) and create a validation budget with an action plan to start building your idea.

Timelines? In our experience, this stage usually closes in 4-6 weeks. But it all depends on how fast you can drive this.

Stage 3 :Build 

This stage is where we truly start working together as a team, it typically lasts for 12 months. During this stage we provide the first 10% of our commitment immediately and the remaining 90% after ~2 months. At that point we do a reality check to ensure our partnership is progressing well both from an achievement (execution of mutually agreed goals, and market acceptance of our product/service) and compatibility perspective. During this stage process we will provide the first 10% of our commitment immediately and the remaining 90% after 2 months, once we have proven we can work together AND achieve goals mutually agreed upon (execution and business model validation oriented)up to 10% of your capital requirements. The idea is to check 1) if we can work together and 2) if the market wants what we are selling. Post validation, we get into some serious building!

Timelines? Validation is a 6-8 week process post which building is our lifetime partnership ❤


1-2 Days

What you do

Articulate your idea, fill the form, read the agreement and if our goals align, we schedule a meeting.

What We do

We want to understand your vision and find a mutual fit between your idea of impact and our goals.

Establish Fit

2-3 Weeks

What You do

Let's meet (in-person/ online) a few times to understand your journey, business plan, challenges, deep dive into build3, create project work and tangible goals.

What We do

We want to understand you and the startup on factors of capability, compatibility with us, commitment and commercial viability.


1 Month

What you do

Shake on the terms and create a validation budget with an action plan to start building your idea. Post validation, we get into some serious building!

What We do

We want to understand mutual fit related to values and team compatibility, as we work together on one or two key projects.

Scale up

1 Year to infinity & beyond!

What We do Together

Build together hand in glove for the next 1-1.5 years to launch a sustainable and strong startup! We will nurture and become the true co-founding team - in it for life!

Start Building!

Join us !

Our view of work is holistic and mindful - taking away the negative connotations from ‘work’ and viewing it as a way to live life to its fullest potential. An ideal work day is well distributed in building build3, our startups, connecting with family and the inner self.

Apply if you relate to-

Working with others and helping them in their journey is a true way to achieve self transcendence, working at build3 I know I will play an integral part in enabling young founders to achieve their full potential.

I am a person of a service/support orientation, I find it fulfilling to help others achieve their best.

Building a business is one of the ultimate expressions of beauty and creativity - from using design thinking to achieve product market fit, to deploying creative marketing campaigns at a fraction of what the incumbent might spend, my creativity is challenged. Every. Single. Day.

Every year, I work with 1-2 new founders - I learn about new sectors, new technologies, varied business models, more effective sales and marketing's a rush!

I work with startups focused on wellness and the ecology and adhere to the principles of wealth equity, self improvement, collaborative communities, and minimalism. I’m passionate about this, I convert my passion to action. My community is proud of the work that I do.

I help my colleagues find a place and move in, they invite me to their and their children’s birthdays, we frequently hang out at the beach, play video games and go cycling, we take road trips (yes even to buy a second hand car) … we’re pretty much family :D

I won’t lie, I made a lot more money when I worked at Goldman Sachs. At build3, I get compensated well to the extent of my most important needs. It covers - a place to live, food, transport, communication, education, the occasional holiday and even some rainy day savings for me and my dependent family. Besides I get to live and work out of Goa, I get to experience the natural beauty and a rich culture this city has to offer...every, single, day… I might have said that twice ;)

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