Varun is a mentor at several accelerators in South East Asia and judge at startup events.

sphPnPSPH Singapore Press Holdings Limited is a media organisation in Singapore with businesses in print, Internet and new media, television and radio, outdoor media, and property. SPH has over 5,000 employees, including a team of approximately 1,000 journalists, including correspondents operating around the world.

The media conglomerate has also begun to digitize it’s print business to the online realm in order to attract more audiencers and advertisers. The company is one of the country’s “blue-chip” counters on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and makes about S$480–500 million worth of profits every year.

muruMuru-D is the startup accelerator backed by Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company. To date, it has launched in four locations – Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Auckland. The program prides itself on having access to the breadth, depth and scope of Telstra’s connections and infrastructure support.

Apart from funding and working facilities, the program also provides access to legal and consultative services from in-house mentors and experts. Participants in the program can also get access to web hosting, design & outsourcing, payments and testing functions etc.


Startupbootcamp FinTech is the leading accelerator focused on financial innovation, providing funding, mentorship, office space in the heart of London & Singapore and access to a global network of investors and VCs, for up to 10 selected FinTech start-ups. These partners include industry giants such as DBS, MasterCard, Route 66 Ventures, Banco Intesa Sanpaola, CIMB bank, MAS, PwC, Jungle Ventures, Pix Vine Capital and Infocomm Investments.

Selected start-ups get to collaborate with 200+ mentors, partners and investors to build world class FinTech products with the ultimate goal of becoming industry leading companies.


Supercharger is a fintech accelerator programme to help companies break into the Asian market. It was launched by the Hong Kong branch of Standard Chartered Bank in collaboration with Baidu, the Chinese tech giant.

The programme caters to both startups and more established companies. It leverages on Hong Kong’s traditional strength as Asia’s finance & technology gateway. The programme stretches over 12 weeks, focusing on areas such as market entry, regulatory obligations and joint ventures opportunities.

FinTech Finals
2016 Fintech Finals is a premier fintech startup competition in Asia.
40 fintech startups exhibit for free in the Startup Village, and a selected 24 fintech startups presented their business ideas and models in 6 minute demos to the brightest collection of bankers, techies, entrepreneurs, VCs and designers.