Varun Agarwal



Varun Agarwal is an Indian first-generation entrepreneur, film maker and author. Born on December 6, 1987, in Bangalore, India, he did his schooling from Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and started engineering in CMR Institute of Technology Bangalore, Karnataka. He decided to drop out of college because he lacked interest in pursuing engineering. Thereafter he started making short films. He co-founded Alma Mater and two other companies — Reticular and Last Minute Films. He is also the author of a bestseller book How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company.

Varun Agarwal is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and a bestselling author. After dropping his BE (Bachelor of Engineering) graduation in Telecommunication, at 22 years, he co-founded his second business venture, Alma Mater, with his friend Rohn Malhotra. Alma Mater has successfully partnered with educational institutions across India in being able to make and supply customized sweatshirts to alumni. It is now India’s largest company for providing merchandise to students of schools and colleges. He has three companies to his credit – Alma Mater, Reticular and Last Minute Films. His company Alma Mater is India’s largest provider of merchandise and memorabilia to schools and colleges.

As a filmmaker he has directed the likes of Preity Zinta and AR Rahman in music videos and his films have over a million views on Youtube. His debut novel “How I Braved Anu Aunty And Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company” became a National Bestseller within a month of its release and is already in its third print. He has been featured on the cover of India Today, The New York Times and numerous other periodicals as well as on the CNBC Young Turks Show. Varun has given lectures at various colleges including IIM-B.

Co-Founded Alma Mater in 2009. Alma Mater is an E-commerce company dealing in primarily student memorabilia for top schools and colleges of India. Alma Mater has been featured on the cover of India Today, CNBC’s Young Turks and on The Economic Times. It was listed as India’s 25 most unique E-commerce companies. Alma Mater raised capital form the Indian Angel Network in 2012.

Founded Last Minute Films in 2007. Last Minute Films is an independent production company based in Bangalore. With over a Million views on Youtube, Last Minute Films is one of India’s foremost production companies for digital content. The company recently won the Gold at the Big Bang Advertising awards.

Co-Founded Reticular in 2010. Reticular is social media management company. With clients that include Megamart, GK Vale Denizen etc Reticular is one of Bangalore’s most prominent Social Media companies.