Entrepreneurship is often seen as a failure waiting to happen. But with the bright naivety and optimism of youth, these 10 have managed to break through and create businesses that are huge successes in their fields.
Ritesh Agarwal – OYO Rooms
Ritesh is the founder of OYO Rooms and in 2020, he became the worlds, second-youngest billionaire.
In 2012 he started a budget hotel company known as Oravel Stays. This led to him winning the Thiel Scholarship and eventually starting OYO Rooms the next year.
Ranveer Allahbadia – BeerBiceps
With his channel BeerBiceps, Ranveer is one of the most popular fitness influencers in India. He also co-owns a digital company named Monk Entertainment that manages some of India’s top influencers such as BeYouNick, NiharikaNM and Flying Beast.
All of which add up to him being one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in India.
Tilak Mehta – Paper and Parcels
Tilak started his venture at just 13. His father, who worked in logistics was severely bogged down by the commute times of parcels. So inspired by this, Tilak decided to start up a company that ensured same-day delivery of parcels. He even utilised the robust Dabbawallah community in Mumbai to get the job done.
The business has expanded significantly from its early days and now even has an app where you can track your consignment
Kavita Shukla – Fresh Paper
Kavita is the youngest woman to receive the INDEX Design to Improve Life Award, the world’s largest prize for design. She started Freshglow Co. and is the proud owner of four independent patents.
Her main sell, however, is Freshpaper. Which aims to keep food fresh for longer. It’s a runaway success having been adopted by numerous large chain corporations the world over.
Trishneet Arora – TAC security solutions
Trishneet is a 27-year-old cybersecurity expert. His company TAC Security provides protection to large corporations against data threats and network vulnerabilities. Some of his clients include the Central Bureau of Investigation, Punjab Police, Gujarat Police and Reliance Digital.
Trishneet has also been featured on Forbes 30 under 30 lists and Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 list.
Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran – Apps and VR
The brothers are the youngest Mobile Application Programmers in India. Funded by their father who also works in the software development sector, they make popular apps for ios and android devices.
Their first app was a game called Catch Me Cop but today they’ve expanded to make their own affordable Virtual Reality sets.
Deepanjali Dalmia – Heyday
Deepanjali Dalmia spontaneously quit her high paying job as a financial consultant to bring natural sanitary products to Indian Women.
Her company Heyday makes sanitary pads from bamboo fibre which while being biodegradable and good for the planet, also reduce the risks of cervical cancer that are present with many plastic pads.
Sreelakshmi Suresh – eDesign
Sreelakshmi is a web designer from Kerala; she started using computers at the age of three and had designed a website by 6. Her own startup, eDesign, launched in 2009, making her one of the world’s youngest web designers and entrepreneurs.
She has been honoured by multiple government awards such as National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement.
Azhar Iqubal – Inshorts
Inshorts is by far the most popular news app on most Indian phones. It delivers news in small, bite-sized posts, allowing you to stay up to date.
Iqubal made the app with his friends at IIT. They initially launched it as a Facebook page concentrated on producing news in short 60 word posts. Eventually, this turned into an app that has continued to grow in popularity ever since its launch.
Phanindra Sama – RedBus
RedBus is India’s biggest online ticket booking platform. Sama was an engineering student with problems getting to his bus on time.
Turns out, that a pretty valuable problem to have because Sama turned it into a huge business that was eventually sold to the Ibibo group for millions of dollars.