Who doesn’t dream of success? Most people believe in working hard to achieve success. While it is true that there is no substitute for hard work, a little bit of innovation and smart work often works wonders. All you need is a brain with extraordinary thinking ability and the will to turn ideas into reality. This is precisely what a few youngsters in India have done to be prodigies in the entrepreneurial world. Though most of them are still in their teenage years, they have achieved things in life that many of us wish to get.
These youngsters have proved that age, education, and experience can never become a hurdle in your path to success. They have also proved that becoming a CEO of a company and managing its operations isn’t something that teenagers cannot do. A bit of expertise and hunger to learn is what you need the most in the journey. Let us see the Top 10 Young Indian Entrepreneurs in 2021 who have fulfilled their dreams and have become an inspiration for many.
- Ritesh Agarwal
Founder of one of the most successful Indian startups, Ritesh Agarwal is a well-known personality in the entrepreneurial world. He is the CEO of OYO Rooms, the largest chain of budget hotels in the nation. Born in a humble Cuttack family, his journey to becoming successful was not as easy as it seems. He had to face the failure of several of his previous start-ups and hurdles in the path to make OYO Rooms a reality. At just 26 years old, he has several accolades under his name. He is the first and the only Indian to receive the Thiel fellowship designed by Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal.
Ritesh had the privilege to be in the Forbes “30 under 30” in the consumer tech sector, Top 50 entrepreneurs in 2013 by TATA First Dot powered by NEN awards, TiE-Lumis Entrepreneurial Excellence award in 2014, and receiver of the Business World young entrepreneur award. To date, Ritesh’s net worth is $1.1 billion according to the Hurun Rich List 2020 which makes him the world’s youngest self-made billionaire next to Kylie Jenner.
- Tilak Mehta
A 13-year-old Tilak Mehta is the youngest Indian entrepreneur on this list. He is the founder of Paper N Parcels, a company that is often known as the Ola and Uber in the courier services world. The idea for the startup hit him when he needed a few books delivered to him from the other side of the city he was living in. As his father had returned from work and was tired, he didn’t feel right to ask him to get them for him. He realized the importance of intra-city deliveries and worked out a business plan for his company.
Today, with the assistance of Mumbai’s Dabbawallas, he is successfully delivering 1200 couriers every day. Tilak is one of the youngest Forbes panelists, a TEDx speaker, the Youngest Entrepreneur awardee, and the CEO of his startup. He was inspired by his father’s words, “Each video game level becomes difficult than the previous one, and what matters is the results you get on the table and not the excuses that you offer the world.”
- Sreelakshmi Suresh
Many of us didn’t even know what a computer was when we were 3. However, Sreelakshmi was a gifted girl who was operating the computer at the same age. She is so talented that she developed her first website at 6 years of age. She even designed the website of the school she was studying in. All this talent and skill culminated into her company, eDesign that she founded in 2009, at just 11 years old.
Sreelakshmi is often regarded as the Youngest CEO and Youngest Web Designer in the world. She also has received many awards as recognition for her talent. Apart from eDesign, she has also founded TinyLogo. She has a gift for designing websites. Her companies provide services in web design, SEO, and other fields to many popular brands. She is a firm believer in the quality of work rather than the importance of sentiments and friendships in business.
- Trishneet Arora
Trishneet Arora’s story is very much like a film story. Trishneet was a school dropout before becoming a successful entrepreneur. Trishneet is a professional ethical hacker and the founder of TAC Security Solutions. He started the company at the age of 19 and today it has four offices in India and one in Dubai. The company has a reputation for providing services such as Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing for Corporates to identify loopholes in their cybersecurity.
Trishneet has worked as the advisor to Punjab State and has steered training sessions for the CBI, Punjab State, and Crime Branch. His clients include many renowned names such as Reliance Industries. GQ Magazine had listed him in the 50 Most Influential Young Indians. In his honor, the Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico had announced “Trishneet Arora Day” on August 25, 2017.
- Akhilendra Sahu
Akhilendra Sahu is a young Indian boy who started his entrepreneurial journey at 15 and within three years, becomes a famous personality in the entrepreneurial world. His dream to establish his company was fulfilled in the form of ASTNT Technologies Private Limited which has now branched into several subsidiaries such as ASTNT Media, Technical Next, 2Newswire, InfinityFame, StartUp199.
When you visit his website, you will be in awe of the number of companies that he owns and operated. He is truly the world’s Youngest Serial Entrepreneur. His recent collaborative undertaking in the form of Scoop Beats Private Limited. is aimed to benefit the local young generation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. All of his companies are successful ones and they serve clients from across the world.
- Divya Gandotra Tandon
Divya Gandotra Tandon is a young and dynamic entrepreneur. This young entrepreneur has worked for more than 500 individual stars, influencers, and Brands. She started her YouTube channel Tech Divya when she was 15 years old, where she used to unbox the latest trending gadgets. With time, she also started her news and media company Scoop Beats which has more than 100,000 active audiences. She was also awarded the Entrepreneur Young Achievers award in Delhi and the Incredible Indian icon award in Indore. She is certified in the Fundamentals of Digital marketing by Google Unlocked.
Divya stepped into the business industry as a YouTuber. She was keen on learning more about the latest and trending tech in the market. But, she also wanted to disseminate the information to others. That’s when her love for technology turned into a passion for helping others. She started making unboxing and review videos on her YouTube channel so that people have a better understanding of what they are buying. When she realised she could do more in delivering the right information to her followers, she started a Facebook page Scoop Beats which now turned into a News/Media Company as Scoop Beats Private Limited.
- Farrhad Acidwalla
Farrhad Acidwalla has been a rising name in the entrepreneurial world since he was 13 years old. Being passionate about aviation, he decided to start an online-community for aero-modeling and aviation. Though he did not know much regarding website development, it didn’t steer him away from his objective. He created the community by borrowing Rs. 1200 from his father but later sold it to a fan.
At the age of 16, he once again borrowed money from his father, this time Rs. 500 to purchase an online domain. The new website and idea were also sold by him for Rs. 25000 that he used to establish his company Rockstar Media. Farhad was interviewed by CNN when he was just 17. At the time, he was a master at web development and his company was already on the road to success. He had the privilege to become the youngest guest lecturer in IIT Kharagpur’s Annual Entrepreneurship Summit and also a TEDx Speaker.
- Kavita Shukla
Kavita Shukla is an American entrepreneur of Indian origins. She was 17 when she patented her idea of FreshPaper, a spice-infused paper that keeps food fresh by curbing the growth of microbes. She founded Fenugreen at a cost less than a school science project. The company is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, and has achieved great success over the years.
Kavita’s product, FreshPaper, was initially introduced in just a few co-ops & farmers’ markets around 2012 but later Whole Foods placed big orders for two different regions. Currently, FreshPaper is being sold in groceries nationwide, and in more than 35 countries fulfilling Shukla’s global aspirations.
- Ranveer Allahbadia
Ranveer Allahbadia is a social media entrepreneur, YouTuber, motivational speaker, leadership coach. Currently, he has founded BeerBiceps Private Limited, a company that creates self-improvement content in various formats (7 Million+ online followers/subscribers) & has co-founded Monk Entertainment (Monk-E), a 50 member organization that provides content marketing & digital marketing solutions of all kinds.
The journey began in 2015, right after his graduation from engineering college. The YouTube channel BeerBiceps was originally supposed to be a tool to market his fitness startup. Very soon, he realized that there is an even bigger game to be played in the domains of social media & digital marketing. BeerBiceps originally created only fitness content but very soon Ranveer pivoted into general lifestyle content. The successful switch into creating men’s style & grooming content eventually paved the way to creating content of other kinds. The BeerBiceps team eventually entered the domain of general self-improvement content and today creates videos that encapsulate everything from fitness to style to entrepreneurship to personal finance to mental health.
- Suumit Shah
Suumit Shah is a Founder and CEO of Dukaan – a DIY platform that enables merchants with zero programming skills to set up their e-commerce store using a smartphone. The founder Suumit Shah used to work for a small shop run by his uncle before obtaining an engineering degree. While pursuing a degree, he learned web design and web development from his roommate in college.
As a quick learner, Shah completed a number of digital marketing online courses online and started her own business with her current CTO Subhash Chaudhary under the name Recemetric – a college dropout who turned into a hardcore techie in 2014. He is one of the most successful. Digital entrepreneurs like Sony, McDonald’s, Oyo, Cred etc. are helping brands in the country. His modest manner does not really reflect his quick ascent into business and digital fame.