Where exceptional builders meet exceptional co-founders

Every startup's story begins with remarkable people. Technologists, creators, thinkers and builders. At Antler India Residency, we are bringing exceptional builders together to meet, learn and co-create the companies of the future. Apply to be a part of India's most exclusive community of aspiring founders, where you can find a co-founder to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey. Applications are now closed.

Idea to Team to Funding in 3 months

Antler India Residency is India’s most exclusive community of aspiring founders, with a set of interventions and activities designed to forge meaningful connections and collaborations. Ultimately, the Residency’s goal is to help you find the ideal co-founder, a long-term and enduring partnership between builders. The Residency is a space for anyone who is actively ideating, tinkering, building, or taking the first steps in their entrepreneurial journey.

Exclusive community of aspiring founders

With a less than 3% acceptance rate, the Residency represents the top 1% of operators dedicated to kickstarting their entrepreneurial journey. The bottom line? Everyone will be highly committed to meeting the right co-founder and jumpstarting an incredible venture.

Accelerated path to company building

The interventions include three weeks of IRL building followed by work sprints, deep dive sessions with the Antler Team and idea validation workshops. After finding your co-founder and honing your idea, we will provide support with customer validation, building an MVP and go-to-market strategy.

Your first believers and capital backers

All Antler India Residency participants receive a stipend of INR 1,00,000 per month for 3 months (incl. Phase 2 of the Residency). After the Investment Committee, we offer select teams USD 250K for 10% equity.

Exclusive community of aspiring founders

With a less than 3% acceptance rate, the Residency represents the top 1% of operators dedicated to kickstarting their entrepreneurial journey. The bottom line? Everyone will be highly committed to meeting the right co-founder and jumpstarting an incredible venture.

Accelerated path to company building

The interventions include three weeks of IRL building followed by work sprints, deep dive sessions with the Antler Team and idea validation workshops. After finding your co-founder and honing your idea, we will provide support with customer validation, building an MVP and go-to-market strategy.

Your first believers and capital backers

All Antler India Residency participants receive a stipend of INR 1,00,000 per month for 3 months (incl. Phase 2 of the Residency). After the Investment Committee, we offer select teams USD 250K for 10% equity.

The Schedule

Meet and build with fellow hand-picked, world-class operators who are committed to starting up, spend a targeted 12 weeks at the Residency, and find a co-founder in someone whom you may not have crossed paths with otherwise.

Applications are now closed.

Residency start date: January 9, 2023

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Phase 1: Find your co-founder(s)

During Phase 1 at Antler India Residency, you will have the opportunity to meet 60 to 75 exceptional individuals from diverse backgrounds, all passionate about building a successful startup. The cohort will embark on an intense two months of activities designed to maximize their time with each other. The first three weeks will be held in person and involve getting to know fellow founders deeply.

Phase 2: Build your idea into a startup

Once you identify the right co-founder(s) to work with, you will start the building process. In Phase 2, you will spend time identifying and validating a problem to solve, as well as executing that idea. You will be part of a supportive environment to iron out what to build, and start transforming your idea into a startup.

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Phase 3: Get funding and fundraising support

For select teams that receive funding from Antler India, you will work extremely closely with our portfolio team and overall organization to build from zero to one. You will have access to all Antler India portfolio resources to help you scale your business, prepare for your next-round fundraise, and develop as a founder. Multiple Antler India portfolio companies have raised their next rounds from Tier 1 VCs.

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Success stories, from across the world

Globally, Antler has conducted 65+ cohorts across 23 locations and developed a robust approach to forging deep, long-lasting connections between like-minded individuals with complementary skill sets. Below are some companies founded at Antler.

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As investors, we have looked at over 25,000 startups in the last decade, and funded over 80 companies across various stages, sectors, and geographies. We have seen multiple companies go to IPO, delivered sizeable M&A outcomes and worked closely with nearly 55 startups in helping them raise further rounds of funding from some of the world’s marquee funds. Here are some companies we have been first believers in.

Founder testimonials

Don't just take it from us. Hear from phenomenal people who joined Antler in India to launch their company.

Neha Juneja

IndiaP2P

The Antler team feels like an extension of one’s own team. I have some experience raising money before, but this is unique to Antler. They don't see you as investors, you are like their own team.

Vistar Singh

Bookee

We constantly felt there were things we needed to understand, and Antler’s exposure helped with that. It is unlikely we would have made it to the next level without their guidance.

Prithvi Sankar

humit

Antler India has done a remarkable job of bringing together some of the best early-stage founders and providing a cohort-based approach towards company building. Through their experience in startups and investing, each member of the team brings diverse perspectives on product, hiring, and growth.

Who can apply?

Antler India Residency is for the top 1% of builders and operators who are absolutely certain they want to dedicate their next chapter to entrepreneurship. Here is what that may look like:

* You are a senior leader in a high-growth startup who is certain that you want to build something of your own but have not had time to explore any concrete ideas or potential co-founders

* You are an engineer excited about emerging technologies and want to start building right away You have built engineering teams at large companies and now want to start out on your own

* You are a domain expert who has validated a few ideas and is looking for complementary co-founders to kickstart your venture

* You have already started up as an individual or small co-founding team but are looking for a critical co-founder with specific skill sets or knowledge

At Antler India Residency, we want to ensure that all participants are fully committed to the journey, and can reap the full benefits of the Residency. Thus, we require all applicants to be free from any formal jobs: you should have either quit or are actively serving notice, before the Residency starts on January 9, 2023.

For any queries, please write to us at india-residency@antler.co.

Here is what our founders have to say

The people behind Antler India

Rajiv Srivatsa
Partner

Rajiv is a Partner in the Antler Bangalore office, where he is leading the deployment of Antler in India. Rajiv co-founded Urban Ladder (UL), India's top omni-channel furniture brand. Over ~8 years, UL raised over $100Mn in venture capital from top Indian VCs and changed the way Indians shop for furniture online. Prior to Urban Ladder, he served as a Senior Product Manager with Yahoo. He has been featured on GQ Influential Young Indians and repeatedly on the Fortune 40 Under 40 India list. Rajiv loves working with early-stage entrepreneurs on product, culture and brand to build scalable companies.

Nitin Sharma
Partner

Nitin brings over a decade of experience in global venture capital, having invested in 60+ tech startups in multiple geographies. As the founder of FirstPrinciples.VC, he built a thesis-driven syndicate and portfolio of 35+ startups backed by marquee investors, and also played a leading role in fostering India’s blockchain ecosystem. Previously, Nitin was a founding team principal at Lightbox Ventures, one of India’s leading consumer-focused VCs (now $400M under management), where he supported the first two funds since inception.

Lakshmikant PB
Head of Finance & Legal

Lakshmikant is the Head of Finance & Legal at Antler India. Lakshmikant has more than 19 years of experience in PE & VC Fund Management, NBFC Operations, and Banking Operations. Prior to joining Antler, Lakshmikant was a Consultant to T-Hub, a Startup accelerator based in Hyderabad, and helped their startups raise capital from Angels and VC investors. Prior to his role as a Consultant, he was the Finance Controller at SRI Capital, a US-based tech VC Fund where he set up their India operations and represented the fund on the board of portfolio companies. Before that, Lakshmikant spent 10 years at Caspian Impact Investments where he was the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Caspian, Lakshmikant worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions and Citigroup. Lakshmikant holds an MBA from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

Susmit Patodia
Capital Director

Susmit Patodia is the Capital Director at Antler India. Susmit has worked with Motilal Oswal across various roles. His last assignment was in Asset Management Company where he was a Portfolio Manager. His themes of “Anti-Fragile Investing in India”, “Don’t Bet Against India” and “Return to not normal but better” connected with investors. Prior to this, he headed the Institutional Equities Sales business of Motilal Oswal. He has also worked with Accenture Management Consulting where he was adjudged the best associate in the pool. Susmit holds a postgraduate degree from IIM Bangalore.

Nandini Vishwanath
Program Director

Nandini is the Program Director at Antler India. She was previously the founder of GIGI Benefits (YC’20). Prior to her founder stint, she architected and led customer experience for Urban Ladder, India’s leading Furniture e-commerce startup. She holds a Masters Degree in Linguistics from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India and New Media Management from Syracuse University, NY.

Rahul Seth
Scouting Director

Rahul is the Scouting Director at Antler India. At Antler, he leads the process of identifying the most driven founders looking to build iconic companies. He has been an early stage operator, founder and angel investor in the Indian startup ecosystem, and has backed the founders of Pixxel, FamPay and Homingos. Rahul is an alumnus of BITS Pilani & The Indian Military Academy.

Ishavasyam Dash
Marketing Director

Ishavasyam Dash is the Marketing Director at Antler India. Previously, Isha was a part of the leadership team at Unacademy, where she helped launch and grow a new skill-based course platform. She also led brand marketing for Urban Ladder, helping it become one of India's most loved brands. Prior, she was at Dulux (AkzoNobel), where she launched the specialist paints category in India. Isha holds a Master's Degree in Marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai.

Vineet Agarwal
Investment Manager

Vineet Agarwal is an Investment Manager at Antler India. He executes investments at Antler India and helps raise capital for Antler India Fund. In his last stint, he was a core member of the Strategy division at Ola and was involved in multiple fundraises ($500m+) and M&A activity across Ola Group. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs (Investment Banking) where he worked on deals worth $40bn+. Vineet is a 2x founder, and founded Motorhood (a vehicle maintenance startup) & BluGanesha Airwaves (a proximity marketing venture). He holds an MBA from NMIMS Mumbai and a Bachelors in Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

Rohan Kohli
Portfolio Management

Rohan is a part of the Portfolio Management team at Antler India.Post his under-graduation from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, he joined a 0-to-1 SaaS expert network startup Lynk Global as one of the founding members at their India office. Following the success of this office, Rohan moved to New York and Toronto to set up Lynk's North America business.His most recent stint involved leading growth and GTM initiatives at xto10x, a startup that supports other companies in their scaling journey.

Samiksha Agarwal
Investment Associate

Samiksha works as an Investment Associate with Antler India. She focuses on Founder Scouting, where she helps identify super passionate founders building for the future. Prior to this, she worked as an Analyst at 3one4 Capital and interned with EY in Zurich in the TAS department. She is an alumnus of The Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of St. Gallen, and IE Business School.

Karan Prasad
Program Associate

Karan is the Program Associate for the Antler India cohorts and plays an active role in enabling partnerships for our global portfolio. Prior to joining Antler, he worked across business development and community management across SaaS and cloud verticals. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from BMS College of Engineering.

Neha Reddy
Marketing Analyst

Neha is the Marketing Analyst at Antler India. Previously, she was a part of the founding team at leap.club, a community-led professional network for women where she worked on marketing and engagement.

Reetik Agarwal
Investment Associate

Reetik works as an Investment Associate with Antler India. He focuses on Investments, where he builds thesis & identify trends in the market, performs due diligence on companies and makes investment recommendations.

Varun Bengani
Investment Analyst

Varun is a part of the Investments team at Antler India, focusing on early-stage consumer internet businesses, D2C brands & Web 3. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata where he pursued Chartered Accountancy and dropped out as a finalist.

Antler India Residency
Vineet Agarwal
Investment Manager

Vineet Agarwal is an Investment Manager at Antler India. He executes investments at Antler India and helps raise capital for Antler India Fund. In his last stint, he was a core member of the Strategy division at Ola and was involved in multiple fundraises ($500m+) and M&A activity across Ola Group. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs (Investment Banking) where he worked on deals worth $40bn+. Vineet is a 2x founder, and founded Motorhood (a vehicle maintenance startup) & BluGanesha Airwaves (a proximity marketing venture). He holds an MBA from NMIMS Mumbai and a Bachelors in Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

Varun Bengani
Investment Analyst

Varun is a part of the Investments team at Antler India, focusing on early-stage consumer internet businesses, D2C brands & Web 3. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata where he pursued Chartered Accountancy and dropped out as a finalist.

Susmit Patodia
Capital Director

Susmit Patodia is the Capital Director at Antler India. Susmit has worked with Motilal Oswal across various roles. His last assignment was in Asset Management Company where he was a Portfolio Manager. His themes of “Anti-Fragile Investing in India”, “Don’t Bet Against India” and “Return to not normal but better” connected with investors. Prior to this, he headed the Institutional Equities Sales business of Motilal Oswal. He has also worked with Accenture Management Consulting where he was adjudged the best associate in the pool. Susmit holds a postgraduate degree from IIM Bangalore.

Samiksha Agarwal
Investment Associate

Samiksha works as an Investment Associate with Antler India. She focuses on Founder Scouting, where she helps identify super passionate founders building for the future. Prior to this, she worked as an Analyst at 3one4 Capital and interned with EY in Zurich in the TAS department. She is an alumnus of The Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of St. Gallen, and IE Business School.

Rohan Kohli
Portfolio Management

Rohan is a part of the Portfolio Management team at Antler India.Post his under-graduation from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, he joined a 0-to-1 SaaS expert network startup Lynk Global as one of the founding members at their India office. Following the success of this office, Rohan moved to New York and Toronto to set up Lynk's North America business.His most recent stint involved leading growth and GTM initiatives at xto10x, a startup that supports other companies in their scaling journey.

Rajiv Srivatsa
Partner

Rajiv is a Partner in the Antler Bangalore office, where he is leading the deployment of Antler in India. Rajiv co-founded Urban Ladder (UL), India's top omni-channel furniture brand. Over ~8 years, UL raised over $100Mn in venture capital from top Indian VCs and changed the way Indians shop for furniture online. Prior to Urban Ladder, he served as a Senior Product Manager with Yahoo. He has been featured on GQ Influential Young Indians and repeatedly on the Fortune 40 Under 40 India list. Rajiv loves working with early-stage entrepreneurs on product, culture and brand to build scalable companies.

Rahul Seth
Scouting Director

Rahul is the Scouting Director at Antler India. At Antler, he leads the process of identifying the most driven founders looking to build iconic companies. He has been an early stage operator, founder and angel investor in the Indian startup ecosystem, and has backed the founders of Pixxel, FamPay and Homingos. Rahul is an alumnus of BITS Pilani & The Indian Military Academy.

Nitin Sharma
Partner

Nitin brings over a decade of experience in global venture capital, having invested in 60+ tech startups in multiple geographies. As the founder of FirstPrinciples.VC, he built a thesis-driven syndicate and portfolio of 35+ startups backed by marquee investors, and also played a leading role in fostering India’s blockchain ecosystem. Previously, Nitin was a founding team principal at Lightbox Ventures, one of India’s leading consumer-focused VCs (now $400M under management), where he supported the first two funds since inception.

Neha Reddy
Marketing Analyst

Neha is the Marketing Analyst at Antler India. Previously, she was a part of the founding team at leap.club, a community-led professional network for women where she worked on marketing and engagement.

Nandini Vishwanath
Program Director

Nandini is the Program Director at Antler India. She was previously the founder of GIGI Benefits (YC’20). Prior to her founder stint, she architected and led customer experience for Urban Ladder, India’s leading Furniture e-commerce startup. She holds a Masters Degree in Linguistics from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India and New Media Management from Syracuse University, NY.

Lakshmikant PB
Head of Finance & Legal

Lakshmikant is the Head of Finance & Legal at Antler India. Lakshmikant has more than 19 years of experience in PE & VC Fund Management, NBFC Operations, and Banking Operations. Prior to joining Antler, Lakshmikant was a Consultant to T-Hub, a Startup accelerator based in Hyderabad, and helped their startups raise capital from Angels and VC investors. Prior to his role as a Consultant, he was the Finance Controller at SRI Capital, a US-based tech VC Fund where he set up their India operations and represented the fund on the board of portfolio companies. Before that, Lakshmikant spent 10 years at Caspian Impact Investments where he was the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Caspian, Lakshmikant worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions and Citigroup. Lakshmikant holds an MBA from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

Karan Prasad
Program Associate

Karan is the Program Associate for the Antler India cohorts and plays an active role in enabling partnerships for our global portfolio. Prior to joining Antler, he worked across business development and community management across SaaS and cloud verticals. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from BMS College of Engineering.

Ishavasyam Dash
Marketing Director

Ishavasyam Dash is the Marketing Director at Antler India. Previously, Isha was a part of the leadership team at Unacademy, where she helped launch and grow a new skill-based course platform. She also led brand marketing for Urban Ladder, helping it become one of India's most loved brands. Prior, she was at Dulux (AkzoNobel), where she launched the specialist paints category in India. Isha holds a Master's Degree in Marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai.

Cathy Guo
Portfolio and Investment Manager

Cathy Guo is a Portfolio and Investment Manager at Antler India. Previously, Cathy was the CEO and Co-Founder of Dunya Labs, building developer tools for decentralized applications. She was also a founding team member at True Beacon, a new-age asset management company formed by the founders of Zerodha, and led early-stage venture investments in companies such as Clinikk and Stayqrious at First Principles, an early-stage seed fund in Bangalore. Cathy has a degree in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University. She is the co-author of Myth of the Entrepreneur, a book on social entrepreneurship published by Harper Collins India.

Antler India Portfolio from the inaugural Residency

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A country of over 1.4 billion people and something as crucial as the medical emergency response system still remains unsolved. The numbers quantify the magnitude and gravity of this problem - over 50% of the ambulances do not arrive even after 60 minutes, 90% of ambulances do not have the basic equipment and 97% have no trained personnel. But here is the most staggering number of them all - over 50% of all deaths in India are preventable. While ambulances are a part of the problem, they are not the solution. The missing piece in creating a robust medical emergency response system is a solid digital infrastructure layer.

Transforming the way SaaS is sold: The journey of Motif

We are thrilled to lead the pre-seed round of Motif, a team formed at Antler India Residency as they transform the way SaaS is sold.

ClimateTech idea to funding in two months: The journey of Sangti

A fitting pairing of Hitesh Bhuraria and Nishant Singh, one that was formed at the first-ever cohort of Antler India Residency, is set to build the future of how companies approach their decarbonization goals.

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FAQs

Do I need to have an idea to join?

We prefer founders who are ideating on single or multiple problem statements in a particular theme/sector. We also accept exceptional founders without a concrete idea/problem statement.

What if I already have a product?

If you are looking for a co-founder to continue building this product, you may consider the Residency. If you are an existing team with a product, we would love to still engage with you as part of our pre-seed investments. Do send us your application here: https://www.antler.co/apply/india

I already have a co-founder. Can both of us apply?

Yes. You can join the Residency with your current co-founder to find your future co-founder. However, the stipend is applicable to a team (even if the team is of 1 person or more). So, you will receive one stipend for your team.

Which industry or sector does Antler focus on?

We are industry agnostic and look to invest in visionary technology companies.

What is the application process?

You can apply to the Residency through the application on our website here https://www.antler.co/location/india-residency. Select applicants will be invited to interview with our team.

Why was my application rejected?

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to provide personalised feedback to individuals.

Who is eligible for the stipend?

Everyone in the Residency cohort is eligible for a stipend of INR 1,00,000 (inclusive of taxes) per month for the period of the Residency. If you do not progress to Phase 2, you will not be eligible for a stipend for that period.

Will I have to take funding from Antler after I find my co-founder?

Yes, Antler reserves the right but not the obligation to invest in your company once you have identified a co-founder.

Are the investment terms standardized across the Residency?

Yes, USD 250K for 10% equity are our standard terms. When you decide to join Antler India Residency, you also agree to our investment terms.

What if I have already raised funds? Can I still apply?

No. If you have already raised funds, you are not eligible. However, we would love to still engage with you as part of our pre-seed investments. Do send us your application here: https://www.antler.co/apply/india

Is this Residency remote?

We are operating with a hybrid format for the Residency. We believe that forging deep cofounder relationships means that in-person interactions are non-negotiable. So the first 3 weeks of the Residency will be in-person in Bangalore. After this, you can choose to continue participating remotely, but we highly recommend you spend maximum face-to-face time with your fellow Residency participants in the city of your preference.

Is quitting my job mandatory?

Yes, we strongly encourage our Residency participants to have quit their jobs or be on their notice period. In exceptional circumstances, we consider folks who have been granted a sabbatical.

What kind of founders will the cohort have?

The cohort will have a balanced mix of operators and builders. We will ensure that everyone has enough opportunities to find the right co-founder(s) for them. These potential founders are exceptionally smart and driven individuals, who have excelled in their roles and have committed to the path of entrepreneurship.

What happens when I match with a co-founder who has a different idea?

We encourage exploring both ideas with an open mind to pick the problem statement that's most compelling, has a large market size and can be iterated fast and experimented with. We've had several of our founders in other geographies drop the initial idea and pivot to their co-founder's idea. That said, if your idea is strong and you are keen on it, we are open to working with you to figure this out.

Is there an obligation for the equity to be split equally between the co-founders or can it be done on mutually agreed terms?

There is no obligation as such but an equal split is generally a good idea all around.

If I do not find a single co-founder and decide to start the company alone, then do I still have to give out equity?

We only accept founders into the Residency if we believe that finding the right partner will exponentially improve your company’s odds of success. It is by exception that we will invest in solo founders. However, if we decide to invest, yes. The terms are valid for 6 months from the program start date. If you feel that you do not require a co-founder and would want to build by yourself, we encourage you to talk directly to us for a pre-seed investment here: https://apply.antler.co/signup

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