Top 10 Indian Entrepreneurs From Forbes 30 under 30 2021 List
All the entrepreneurs dream of making it to Forbes 30 under 30 list. Those who work smartly and efficiently accomplish in doing so.
Many Indian startups are recording inflows of venture capital as every nation is trying to move away from China. As that happens, India is becoming a new emerging market in startup sectors.
Right now, India is the third biggest startup market and young generation is moving more and more towards entreprenurship.
Let’s meet the young entrepreneurs who achieved their dream of making it to Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Young entrepreneurs from Forbes 30 under 30
1. Amandeep Panwar | 27
Rishabh Choudhary | 27
CEO and CTO, BharatRohan Airborne Innovations
The Five year old startup use use UAV/drone hyperspectral imaging technologies to identify crop threats for farmers.
“This data saves the cost of additional pesticides and crop damage and prevents crop losses, which means farmers earn better margins,” says Choudhary.
2. Harshit Gupta | 29
Harshit Gupta had been an employee at Oyo but remained in touch with his IIM-Ahmedabad batchmates Tauseef Khan (34) and Nishant Mahatre (35).
They saw a rising opportunity in the agriculture sector of India and set up Gramophone—a company that would provide advice and information to farmers about crop cycles and solutions to various problems they encounter, in a bid to improve farming efficiency and, therefore, income.
The company was founded in 2016 and co-founder Ashish Rajan Singh (34), who had also been involved since the beginning, officially joined in 2018.
3. Biraaj Dodiya | 27
Indian artists aren’t valued as much as they should be. But Biraaj, being an art prodigy, became one of the entrepreneurs to make it to Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Dodiya had her debut solo show last March at Kolkata’s Experimenter Gallery, which comprised mostly paintings, and some sculptural works.
Coming up next for Dodiya is an exhibition with Experimenter at Bikaner House in March, and a group show at Vadehra Art Gallery, both in New Delhi.
4. Nishita Baliarsingh | 23
Nikita Baliarsingh | 23
Co-founder and CEO, Nexus Power; Co-founder and COO, Nexus Power
The duo aims at building an EV future beyond Lithium batteries.
Nexus Power batteries are also bio-degradable, made from crop residue,which is usually burnt causing heavy air pollution in winters.
The company procures crop remains and manufactures rechargeable energy-storing cells out of it. “Our batteries are lithium–ion-free and hence eco-friendly and sustainable.” says Nishita.
The batteries can charge from 0 to 100 in 50 minutes. Nexus aims to bring it down to 25 to 30 minutes.
5. Ishaan Preet Singh | 28
Mikhil Raj | 28
IIT-Delhi graduates Ishaan Preet Singh and Mikhil Raj are offering with their online education platform FrontRow. Who wouldn’t want to study from the IITians themselves!
Ishaan and Mikhil teamed up with their friend Shubhadit Sharma (who, at 30, just missed the cut), and started building the company last year.
Their app has had over 100,000 downloads on the Google Play Store. Users create an account on the app or on FrontRow’s website and buy the pre-recorded lesson-videos.
Over 10,000 users have paid to download from among the five courses currently live.
6. Ashish Chanchlani | 27
YouTuber and Social Media Content Creator
We all know this guy who used to make us literally ROFL through his relatable videos.
He started creating short videos on social media in 2014, but little did he know then that they would make him a star.
He soon began making videos natively for YouTube, with his first titled—How to annoy people who say ‘Tu Mere Baap Ko Janta Nahi Hai’.
In 2018, Chanchlani was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award for Best Digital Influencer. He also won the ‘Best Comedy Influencer’ award at the first edition of the World Bloggers Awards held at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 and the same year, bagged a cameo in Men In Black: International.
7. Abhiraj Rajadhyatksha | 27
Niyati Mavinkurve | 29
Digital content creators
This married couple has been making fun short videos about the topics which nobody was paying heed to but definitely needed to.
“Unlike other travelogues, we wanted to find stories from places where people don’t look to find any,” says Abhi. This led to their breakout video ‘100 reasons to love India’ that marked the beginning of their content creation careers.
In over a year, Abhi & Niyu have gained over 1.16 million subscribers on YouTube with over a million views on most of their videos, as well as over 1.5 million followers on Instagram.
Their impact on people is really strong which is quite useful as they spread much needed awareness among Indian population.
8. Sidharth Oberoi | 28
Founder and CEO, LetsShave
After finishing industrial engineering, with a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation, from Purdue University, he landed his first job as project engineer at CSA Group, one of the largest standards development organisations in North America, in 2014.
He never saw himself becoming one of the entrepreneurs and making it to Forbes 30 under 30 was beyond his wildest dreams. In 2014 while shopping with his mother at a mall, he realized a potential in the razor market. He thought these MNC brands’ razors didn’t have an Indian edge.
The start wasn’t very dreamy but they eventually crossed the obstacles and are at a good place right now.
9. Satanik Roy | 25
Co-founder and chief product officer, HyperXchange
The idea behind this startup is quite simple and yet nobody thought of going there. I feel that’s what happens when you’re an entrepreneur. You try to build a business over an untapped market which somehow nobody has ever gone but has huge potential.
Satanik Roy was in college when he realised that the key problem students in the final year faced was disposing of their belongings before they graduated.
On the other hand, students getting into college were on the lookout for mattresses, buckets and air coolers. All he had to do was connect the two and HyperXchange was born.
So far HyperXchange has raised ₹42 crore in both equity and debt funding, and Roy has joined with three other co-founders who bring in organisational and management skills.
10. Nitin Jayakrishnan | 26
Founder and CEO, PandoCorp
The company aims at solving the logistics puzzle for big enterprises with technology.
Right from securing raw materials for factories to putting finished goods into retail and online stores, the transportation, warehousing and inventory management involves a complex, global flow of data and decision making, PandoCorp’s software can handle everything.
Its customers include Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Danaher and the Tata group.
Looking at the quality of the customers, we can see how great an entrepreneur he must be.
All these stories were told by us so that you can get motivated and start your entreprenuial journey. If you feel your idea is great and can be executed, go for it!
Who do you think is the next entrepreneur to make it to Forbes 30 under 30 list?