Being creative takes courage. In today’s time, there is a constant cut-throat competition which one gets enrolled into without getting to even discover yourself first. It is at a very young age many parents decide what their kid’s future is going to be. To ace in this very race of success – you can either be a follower or a leader. A follower is obedient, patient and hard-working. A leader is also hard-working, but also innovative and a risk taker. And when one chooses the path of his own, it’s a road journey which is written by themselves.
Our youth today is a bit demotivated and lethargic, so they starve for even a little bit of hope and inspiration. There are a huge amount of resources available, there is widespread internet connectivity, innumerable exchange of technology, knowledge and information, and all this it present right in front of you. You just have to grab it.
Yes, it will require hard work and patience too, and some failures will be inevitable but you have to keep the faith in yourself and your idea.
In this article we will discuss about the youngest entrepreneurs of India and try to give a little dosage of motivation to you through the way of their success stories.
Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran
Shravan and Sanjay are siblings of the age 17 and 15 respectively. They are the youngest upcoming entrepreneurs of India. They together came up with “GoDimensions” which is a company that aims at developing a simple technological solution for the digital world. The brothers are also the youngest Mobile App Developers in India. The Kumaran brothers give due credit to “reading books and solving problems given to them” as the mantra to their success.
Tilak Mehta is a 13 year old boy who launched his company called Paper N Parcels in 2018 and it aims at easing courier services in Mumbai. His startup Paper N Parcels is dedicated to carrying small parcels and papers within Mumbai for assured intra-day delivery. It is amazing to note that he is still a student studying in 8 th standard. He is a budding entrepreneur who has founded a logistics startup, sold the idea to a banker and somehow convinced him to quit his job and join him as the Chief Executive. He also roped Dabbawalas to help him with the last-mile distribution.
Trishneet Arora is the founder and CEO of TAC Security which is a cyber-security company based in Mohali, and he is 25 years old only. He was 19 when he started TAC security in 2013 which performs vulnerability assessment and penetration testing for corporates and identifying weakness in their cyber security thereafter.
Trishneet failed in 8th standard and signed up for distance education but failed again in 12th standard. He said he was never interested in studies and was always a backbencher. He taught himself how to “hack” at a very young age and wrote a book called “The Hacking Era” which was published in 2013.
Trishneet knew he could make a profession out of hacking and went out to focus on digitization and organizations that were reaching out to ‘ethical hackers’ to build resilient defense systems against cyber attacks. And that underscored the potential of his business. The demand for such services are growing day by day and Tishneet is sure he will thrive in the future too.
Kavita Shukla holds a BA from Harvard University and is the founder and CEO of Freshglow Co. and the inventor of Freshpaper – a simple innovation taking on the massive global challenges of food waste. She holds four patents and is the youngest women ever to receive the biennial Index Design to Improve Life Award which is the world’s largest prize for design. Her work has also been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, The Today Show, and CNN. She was also featured on Forbes list of “30 under 30” and Time’s Magazine’s “5 Most Innovative Women in Food”.
Deepak Ravindran was a science student who loved computers. But he decided to drop out of college to pursue his first startup venture. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Innoz Technologies which is a service that provides wireless market and gives solutions for mobile search applications. Deepak started this business along with five of his friends. He also came up with SMSgyan – a text message based search engine which works on a format, and this service was started in 2011. He is also working on a new chat based delivery platform called “Lookup”, and it already has some big investors.
Sreelakshmi is the youngest web designer and CEO in the world, presently at the age of 21. She designed and developed the official website of her school located in Kozhikode, Kerala, when she was only 8 years old. She has many accolades to her name. She has received many national and international awards.
At the age of 10, she designed and established eDesign which is a now venture web designing company that offers SEO, we design, and other such services. Sreelakshmi Suresh has come up with and developed over a 100 websites for renowned institutions and organizations across the nation.
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Akhilendra Sahu is the founder and CEO of ASTNT Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Technical Next Technologies. He did that at the age of 17. ASTNT is an India based company that provides digital marketing, web development, application development, SEO services and similar services. Technical Nest Technologies provides the best webhosting solutions in India. Akhilendra has many sub brands and his app is published on google play store. He also ranked no. 1 web designer in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Siddharth is an Entrepreneur, Product & Design Leader and Public Speaker, and is one of India’s top young entrepreneurs. Sidharth was also a drop out but he never stopped learning. He started an online magazine called “Friendz” at the age of 18.
He is presently the head of product design at Instamojo – a website that helps small and medium sized businesses with their day-to-day needs like payments, credits, logistics, tax-compliances, etc. At present, they serve around 3 lakh businesses. He is also a speaker on entrepreneur design, career and life to college students and has given speeches at NIT, TEDx, NMIMS, and more such places.
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Arjun Rai has been an exemplary networker and worked on a few projects and startups of his own while he was still a student. He became COO of an online advertising company that was quickly growing in 2010 and is now looking to startup with Odysseys Ads.
After graduating from New York Institute of Technology he has started two startups – The BizDen and FuelBrite.com. Arjun then went on to invest and build a startup which ventured in the tech space and is one of the leaders in visual project management called Canvs+. Arjun Rai is an inspiration for others who always believed that one should surround oneself with people who will motivate you to do great things and leave those people who can’t see others climbing the stairs of success.
One of the most successful stories of entrepreneurs in India is that of Ritesh Aggarwal. Ritesh Aggarwal is the founder and CEO of OYO – the budget room service provider. He dropped out of college, as he seemed to always have a vision about having a business, and he launched his first startup called Oravel Stays at just the age of 18. It was budget hotel chain that provided B&B and later on it elevated to OYO rooms. At that time no other service offered a room which could be in a budget traveler. Ritesh started OYO with only eleven rooms in a Gurgaon hotel. And today OYO has 65,000 rooms in about 5,500 properties across 170 cities in India.
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Advait Thakur is a Computer programmer, Young Entrepreneur, AI Researcher. Advait Thakur is a founder of Apex Infosys Inida, Apex Business Solutions Digital Agency. He started using computer at age 6, he launched his first website at age 9. He started Apex Business Solutions Digital Agency in 2015 as a web development company that brings brands on the web.
In 2017, at age fourteen, he built “Technology Quiz”. This is an app to help kids learn about Science & Technology for google assistance. Then, Advait was accepted for Google Assistant. He had also developed a personal assistant that controls IOT devices of house on voice commands with the help Google's Open Source gRPC API. He is also member at IBM developer Works. He is also a former Senior Developer at #1 Android Forum, XDA-Developers.
The story of these young entrepreneurs of India tells us that entrepreneurship is not about the age but about the mind set. If you really want to do it, you can do it either at the age of 10 or even at 80. All you need is a great mind set.
If we left any Young Entrepreneur from India, do let us know in the comments so that we can cover their story in this list.