Raghav Belavadi

Founder & CEO, Hype (Hype Luxury)

After experiencing success in his earlier ventures, the serial entrepreneur and fintech professional, Raghav Belavadi dreamt of activating the aspirational and experiential want of riding luxury cars for the niche population of aspirants and professionals in addition to serving the HNI segment that was accustomed to it. He saw clearly the existing lacunae of such a facility for affordable luxury in the mobility segment in India and wanted to solve it. In 2017, he started Hype, a niche technology startup to bring a paradigm shift in mobility space with a rental offering through a mobile platform for customers who choose to ride luxury cars. In 2020, he also expanded the mobility portfolio to include yachts and jets. This bootstrapped company, under the excellent leadership and commitment of Raghav, has today expanded operations across 23 cities in India, besides Dubai and the UK, and is the largest marketplace that connects premium customers with luxury fleets.

Raghav is responsible for the vision, business growth and innovation besides taking the Hype Luxury brand to a new level. He aims to provide the experience of luxury in the mobility space for users across geographies around the world.

Prior to his stint at Hype, Raghav founded several startups such as ANDIAST, Jrox, in the online education space and proAGILITY Fitness, a fitness training institute for children in India.

He was the first Indian entrepreneur to set up a startup in InsurTech, ANDIAST Tech.AG, in Switzerland, in 2011 and ran its operations in Switzerland and India till 2016. From 2006 to 2011, Raghav was the Executive Vice President at Accenture in Switzerland, Canada, and India. He was Program Director (Consulting) from 2004 to 2006 at Mercer, both in the UK and India. He also had short stints at Hughes, Infosys, Wipro, and Satyam.

Raghav has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mysore. He also has Advanced Communication Training from the University of Oxford and Level 2 Japanese Language Proficiency from the International University of Japan.

Raghav has been a fitness enthusiast since childhood and loves skiing, horse riding, and soccer.