Mr. Varun Khaitan


Mr. Varun Khaitan is the Co-founder and Director of UrbanClap, the ultimate online platform connecting customers with the right services professional for all their needs. An aspiring entrepreneur with the right mindset, optimism, grit and desire to succeed, he co-founded UrbanClap in 2014 and is responsible for its marketing and product growth. In recognition of his stellar performance as a student from 2005 to 2008, he won the Academic Excellence Award and also the Ratan Swarup Prize for the Best Outgoing Student of 2009.


Mr. Varun Khaitan received his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in May 2009. For the next one month, he served as a volunteer in Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan. Later, he moved to the US and started off his career at BCG. In December 2009, he joined Qualcomm as an engineer and worked on the research and development of femtocells, a disruptive wireless technology which aims to widen and improve indoor mobile coverage. From October 2011 to April 2014, he served as an associate and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. During his stint in the US, he gained rich experience and realized that he must strive hard to achieve the true potential of his business idea.

Driven by his instincts of an entrepreneur and desire to start something new, he came back to India in November 2013 and launched Cinemabox in early 2014 with his IITK batchmate, Abhiraj Bhal. Cinemabox was an entertainment business which enabled travelers to stream movies on their smartphones using Wi-Fi while on a bus, train or an airplane. Unfortunately, he had to shut it down within six months. Instead of feeling demoralized, the failure of his first startup helped him work on his blind spots and empowered him to begin his second entrepreneurial journey. While he and Abhiraj were brainstorming for potential ideas, Raghav Chandra, an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley, joined them too in their endeavors. In October 2014, the trio launched UrbanClap. Prior to UrbanClap, Mr. Khaitan has also worked with companies like Breakthrough Innovations, The Founder Institute, StartingBloc and iDiscoveri Education Pvt. Ltd.

About UrbanClap

UrbanClap, one of the fastest growing startups in India, is an online platform offering trusted local services to its users. It helps customers in finding reliable and right service professionals for all their service needs. Whether you are looking for a plumber, a wedding photographer, an electrician, a yoga instructor, a math teacher, a lawyer or a chartered accountant, UrbanClap is a one stop solution for all your service needs. Currently, the service is available in eight cities and would soon be extended to Kolkata, Jaipur and Chandigarh. There are over 60,000 professionals connected with this platform, offering their services to approximately 5,500 customers daily.

Achievements and Honors

  • Named in the prestigious 'Forbes 30 Under 30' List 2017.