Pune-based company udChalo, an online travel portal for members of the Defence Forces, announced that its founder & CEO Varun Jain was named on the list of Young Achievers by Businessworld 40 under 40, in association with BW Disrupt, at an event hosted in New Delhi on 23 October, 2019.
“I am truly honored,” said Jain. “I accept the award on behalf of all my udChalo colleagues who are so committed to supporting our organisation’s mission.” A brand of UpCurve Business Services, udChalo was founded in 2012 by Ravi Kumar and Varun Jain “with an aim to help Indian Defence personnel, paramilitary forces, veterans, and their dependents to travel.”
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Jain has a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the Army Institute of Technology, Pune. He previously worked with Persistent, and is also a founding member of Tavisca Solutions. As CEO & Director for UpCurve, Jain is responsible for the company’s strategy for growth and scale.
UdChalo operates through a website, mobile application, and over 60 offline ticket-booking offices catering to more than 2.8 million serving Defence personnel, veterans and their dependents. UdChalo’s booking offices are also operated by veterans, Veer Naris, and dependents from the Indian Armed Forces.
UdChalo recently partnered with Oyo and Fab hotels to introduce a hospitality offering of 10,000 plus hotels available to all Defence personnel.
The BW 40 under 40 summit is a hunt for the top 40 entrepreneurs and disruptive innovators under the age of 40 to honour the most influential leaders of the year.
The event had a series of panel discussions, and featured keynote speakers like Arnab Goswami, Annurag Batra, Editor-in-Chief of BW Businessworld, and Alok Bansal, Co-Founder of Policybazaar. Jain was invited to join in as a speaker for a panel discussion focusing on companies creating a social impact.
Jain spoke about udChalo’s commitment to providing services for the Indian Defence community with a viable business model delivering the cause of making life simpler for soldiers.