Become a Startup Scout
University of Mumbai

Join us as a VC Startup Scout and immerse yourself in the bustling entrepreneurial world. Discover an ocean of opportunities while honing skills akin to innovative startups and investment evaluations. This could be the start of something transformational.


The University of Mumbai, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in India, has played a significant role in the genesis of many successful startups. Its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship sows the ever-growing startup ecosystem — a breeding ground for ambitious minds.

Rentomojo, one of its notable startups, led by Geetansh Bamania, a University of Mumbai alumnus, offers an online rental solution for appliances, bikes, and furniture. Success stories also include the likes of, a real estate portal founded by alumni Advitiya Sharma and Rahul Yadav. OffBusiness, a B2B marketplace for industrial goods, by Bhupinder Singh is another shining example of startup success from the university.

In terms of Venture Capitalist (VC) ecosystem, alumni from University of Mumbai have not only raised substantial funding for their ventures but also shaped the investment landscape. Notably, Kunal Shah, a University of Mumbai graduate, after successfully founding and selling Freecharge, became an active angel investor, giving back to the startup ecosystem.

The university supports its entrepreneurial ventures through various initiatives. It hosts E-cell, where students are encouraged to brainstorm business ideas, create prototypes, and participate in funding pitches. An innovation and startup policy has also been put in place to foster an entrepreneurial culture.

The University of Mumbai is making a continuous effort to foster and nurture startups, by providing a blend of academic knowledge and entrepreneurial culture, attempting to turn creative ideas into successful businesses.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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