India is a developing country; still, it is an ocean of young and brilliant minds. In every corner of the country, unique ideas are blooming in young minds. In the last three decades, thousands of young entrepreneurs started their unique ventures. These teenage entrepreneurs never consider their age as a constraint in achieving their dreams. There is no shortage of teen entrepreneurs who have created their own big and dreamy success stories. Some of these teenagers achieved more than the biggest CEOs achieved in their entire life. They are also earning a considerable amount of money. These Indian teenage entrepreneurs proved that they don’t need an IIT/IIM degree or Ivy League education to achieve big in life.
In this article, we will learn about top young entrepreneurs in India sparkling on the world platform.
Rohit Kashyap belongs to a small town in Bihar and grew up in a middle-class family. He was a brilliant kid, and he won several Olympiads. He even scored rank under 1000 in ICAI commerce wizard. At the age of 14, he decided to help other students to perform well in the Olympics. For the same, he got approximately 350 calls from students in 45 days, which gave the idea of his venture. At the age of 14, Rohit established the Maytree School of Entrepreneurship to help students. Maytree School of Entrepreneurship is a virtual school that helps students learn innovation and entrepreneurship. Rohit Kashyap also has millions of followers on quora. He is one of the most admirable young entrepreneurs.
Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran
Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran are brothers, and they are 18 and 16 years old, respectively. They are the youngest app developers in India. Initially, they started coding as a hobby and later engaged in developing applications. Their father is a director of a software company. He guided and supported them to become young entrepreneurs in India. Their first successful app was “Catch Me Cop”, and the Apple App Store purchased it. Their company “GoDimensions” was launched in 2011. Through GoDimensions, they launched ten more apps. The average rating of their apps is 4.5, and this is enough to tell their success story to the world.
Advait Thakur was curious about computers at a very early age. His father arranged coaching of computer basics for him at the age of 6. Apart from this basic training, he did self-study and developed the first website at the age of 9. At the age of 14, Advait developed his first app, “Technology Quiz”. This app is developed to help students to learn science and technology. He has great enthusiasm for artificial intelligence, NPL and cloud computing, and he is working on these projects with Google. He built an “Autism Awareness” app for Google. He is also a founder of a company, “Apex Infosys India”. He has a philanthropic mindset and gives free services to NGOs.
Akhilendra Sahu was born in the small city of Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh. He went to Narsinghpur public school and was enrolled for a B. Com degree. He started working as a freelancer at the age of 16, and 3 years later, he became CEO of ASTNT Technologies. Apart from this, he also owns ASTNT Media, Technical Next, ASTNT Newswire, InfinityFame, StartUp199, HeyIndia, and ThePublishly. He also co-founded companies like Scoop Beat Private Limited and Internet News Media Company. He is the number one web designer in Madhya Pradesh. He is one of the most successful CEOs globally because he believes there is magic in action. He also helps celebrities of Bollywood in increasing their social media presence.
Tilak Mehta is the youngest entrepreneur in India. He established a company named “Papers and Parcels” just at the age of 13. Papers and Parcels deliver essential papers and small parcels the same day within Mumbai. Once, he went to his uncle’s house at another end of Mumbai and forgot his textbook. He needed that textbook urgently, but he couldn’t get it because there was no medium of same-day delivery. Then this idea of “Paper and Parcel” came into his mind. He partnered with Dabbawalas in Mumbai, and now his company delivers 1200 parcels every day. He is the youngest TEDx speaker, the youngest Forbes panellist and the Youngest Entrepreneur awardee.
According to the Indian parent’s mindset, Trishneet Arora is a failure because he failed the class 8 exam, and he dropped out from further studies. Later, he was enrolled in distance education, and again he failed in class 12. Family and friends always underestimated him, but he founded his own company at the age of 19 in 2013. The name of his company is TAC security solutions. He is the youngest ethical hacker in India, and his company provides vulnerability assessment and penetration testing services. He wrote two books on ethical hacking entitled “Hacking Talk with Trishneet Arora” and “Hacking with Smart Phones”. He was also named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020. He made it on Forbes list of 30 under 30 and 40 under 40. He handles cyber security issues of CBI, Punjab police, Gujarat police, and reliance industries.
Farhad Acidwala was interested in entrepreneurship from the tender age of 13. He learned website development and created an online community about aero-modelling and aviation. Later, at the age of 16, he bought an online domain for just 500 bucks. Then at the age of 17, he built his company Rocstah Media. He was also interviewed by CNN. He is also a founder of CYBERNATIVE DIGITAL and was 5th on CNN Money’s 2011 list of young entrepreneurs. He also featured at number 4th in the 2012 list of most promising entrepreneurs of the year of India TV. He was also a part of 25 internet success stories aged 25 and below. His company’s global presence is enough to tell about his entrepreneurship potential.
Ritesh Agarwal is a college dropout and one of the well-known names for entrepreneurship in India. Ritesh started his entrepreneurship career at the age of 17 in the online marketing industry. The “OYO rooms” was established by Ritesh Agarwal at the age of 19 in 2012. The aim of this was to ensure the availability of budget hotel rooms for budget travellers. Initially, the start-up was named “Oravel Stays”, which later changed into OYO rooms. The company started with just 11 rooms in a hotel in Gurugram. Currently, the company is operating 65000 rooms around the country in 5500 properties. The “OYO rooms” operates in 170 cities in India. Ritesh Agarwal is named as the world’s second-richest billionaire by Hurun Global Rich List 2020. He has appeared twice in the Forbes list of 30 under 30.
King Siddharth grew up in a remote and backward area in North India. In that area, kids have very little exposure to different kinds of recreational activities. As an 11-year-old kid, from his boredom, he got an idea to organize local contests. He started charging a few bucks as entry fees to participate in the contest. That money was used for giving prizes to winners. This local contest was successful and popular, and Siddharth’s entrepreneurship journey started from it. He took admission in a college but later dropped out without completing the degree. After opting out of college, he started a magazine, “Friendz”. This magazine provides a platform for kids and teens to express their thoughts and ideas. He also became a motivational speaker. He is helping teenagers by teaching them modern entrepreneurship skills, blogging, and web designing etc., through his venture conference Createens. Siddharth is the most admirable Indian teenage entrepreneur among small-town teens.
Shreelakshmi Suresh is also one of the youngest web designers, young Indian entrepreneurs, and CEOs. She designed a website at the age of 6. Her formal venture, eDesign, started at the age of 10. Later, she established a full-fledged company, namely TinyLogo. Her company deals with web design, search engine optimization and provides other web services to many brands. She also designed the website of the school in which she used to study. She is the only person to get the Gold Web Award under the age of 18. She has also received several national and international awards.
These stories of Indian teenage entrepreneurs are motivational and inspirational to millions of teens in India and worldwide. They will –
- encourage kids to think out of the box and start working towards their dreams;
- motivate aspiring teen entrepreneurs to work hard despite constraints; and
- tell them that everyone has enormous potential to fulfil their dreams.
Nothing can stop you if you have a dream and will power to stand for it in every situation. These are the stories of just ten young successful entrepreneurs in India, but there are thousands of unheard and untold stories. I am very hopeful that we will hear thousands of such stories of Indian teenage entrepreneurs in future.