Social media influencers, start-up founders and sportsmen dominate Forbes India's 30 under 30 list

  • Apart from startup founder, the Forbes India's list has a generous dash of youngsters from social media, television and the world of sports.
  • BB Ki Vines’ Bhuvan Bam and Technical Guruji Gaurav Chaudhary also made their debut under the digital content creators category.
  • Five women across industries made it to the list against 26 men.
Startup founders dominated the list of Forbes’ 30 under 30 which recognizes the best of India’s vast young population. The 29-year old Varun Khona, the co-founder of Headout, Aravind Sanka, Pavan Gutunpalli, SR Rishikesh, the cofounders of bike rental platform Rapido - were some of the prominent names in the list.

But the list also has a generous dash of youngsters from social media, television and the world of sports. The youngest person to feature is 17 year old Saurabh Chaudhary, an Indian shooter who won two gold medals at the Asian Games and headed to 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Deepak Punia, 21, the first Indian to win a Junior World Championship also made it to the list.

Young Indians who work for startups like the 29 year old Vikash Bakrewala, the youngest sales leader at B9 Beverages, the makers of Bira and Boom beers; were also showcased. All the three founders of Triton Foodworks which is making breakthroughs in organic farming were recognized too.

Deepak Kukreja, Ullas Samrat and Dhruv Khanna of Triton Foodworks are growing plants without using soil, thereby surpassing the limitations of land, fertility, and even water. The method uses 60-80% less water,” Forbes.

A 27-year-old Gourish Singla of a healthcare startup like Shivom that uses blockchain technology to customize medication - was also a part of the list. “Our Forbes India 30 Under 30 members are showing the way forward on another road and to another group—to traditional and legacy businesses and professionals, across different categories like technology, health care, finance, science, media, design, fashion, sports, entertainment, and so on—with their innovations, fresh business models and a set of fresh eyes,” wrote Forbes.

BB Ki Vines’ Bhuvan Bam and Technical Guruji Gaurav Chaudhary also made their debut under the digital content creators category. Five women across industries made it to the list against 26 men.


Here is the complete list of all the 30 under 30 stars:


Krishnakant Mishra
Brand Content Lead, Ogilvy
Age: 28
The authJandia, is a 28-year-old artist who developed a practice that deals with history and historical images that chronicle events of conflict and violence. The painter then tells the story of the events that shape society's perception of them.or of the non- fiction book ‘The Exclamator’, Krishnakant Mishra is no stranger to young achievers lists. He was nominated for Impact Magazine & Social Samosa’s ‘Top 30 advertisers in India under 30 in 2019.

Vikash Bakrewala
Division Director, Sales & Marketing (South India), B9 Beverages
Age: 29
Bakrewala is the youngest sales leader at the beer company B9 Beverages. He helped Bira and Boom expand to five geographical clusters within a year.

Ullas Samrat Dhruv Khanna
Co-Founder, Triton Foodworks
Age: 29
Ullas and Dhruv, the young childhood friends who drifted apart when Khanna’s family moved out to Singapore, came together again. And when they did, they started a self-funded startup to aid internet-enabled smart farms that use technologies like hydroponics.

Sai Gole, Siddhart Dialani
Co-Founders, Bharat Agri
Age: 26
Siddharth Dialani and Sai Gole are the co-founders of Bharat Agri. Its algorithm helps farmers with the right time to cultivate grow in manner that maximises production and boosts income.

Sanket Jadia
Artist
Age: 28
Jandia, is a 28-year-old artist who developed a practice that deals with history and historical images that chronicle events of conflict and violence. The painter then tells the story of the events that shape society's perception of them.

Aravind Sanka, Pavan Guntupalli, SR Rishikesh

Co-Founder, Rapido
Age: 28, 28, 27
Sanka, Guntupalli and Rishikesh are the co-founders of India's largest bike taxi booking application. The services which started in 2015 are now available in 100 cities across the country.

Rishab Karwan, Nitin Rana

Co-Founders, GoMechanic
Age: 26, 29
Karwan and Rana are the co-founders of the Delhi based startup Go Mechanic. The startup helps streamline the disorganised automobile service centres in India.

Akanksha Deo Sharma

Designer, Ikea
Age: 28

IKEA opened its first store in Hyderabad in 2018 since then Akasha is the only Indian designer at the Sweedish major. He uses Indian textile history, handicrafts and construction techniques to make minimalistic and playful products.

Bhuvan Bam

Youtuber
Age: 25

Bhuvan Bam, the famous youtuber in India is just 25, and was recently invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos to rub shoulders with CEO’s. Bam is also the first Indian to hit two million subscribers on Youtube.

Gaurav Chaudhary

Youtuber
Age: 28
Chaudhary who is popularly known as Technical Guruji on Youtube. In his channel, he breaks down all things tech for common people and explains how tech works. His channel has 15 million subscribers.

Varun Khona

Co-Founder and CEO, Handout
Age: 29
Varun Khona is the CEO and cofounder of Handout. It is an AI-powered platform to design curated tourist experiences for last-minute travellers, launched globally.

Ajai Thandi, Ashwajeet Singh, Arman Sood

Co-Founder, Sleepy Owl Coffee
Ages: 29,28,28
The Sleepy Owl Coffee launched from a two-bedroom apartment in Delhi by the co-founders Thandi, Singh and Sood. Now, the coffee brand is sold across 1,000 retail outlets in New Delhi and Mumbai with 60,000 customers.

Akshay Chaturvedi

CEO, Leverage Edu
Age: 29
Chaturvedi is the CEO of Leverage Edu, the platform focuses on career counselling and university admission. It caters to about 10,000 students and is on course to clock ₹10 crore in revenue for the current financial year.

Sai Pallavi

Actor
Age: 27

The girl who did her first film to miss math class in Grade 6 made it to Forbes list, and is the only actor in the list. Today, she is known for remarkable characters in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films -is also known for her dancing skills.

Palak Shah
CEO, Ekaya
Age: 28

Shah is the CEO of Ekaya the brand focused on propagating the versatility and global appeal of Indian heritage weaves. The brand supports more than 8,000 weavers in India.

Akshat Bansal
Founder, Bioni
Age: 29
Akshat Bansal brings sustainability and fashion together. In one of the Lakme Fashion Week 2018 collections, he used econyl fabric that was carved out of plastic waste.

Ajeesh Achuthan
Co-Founder and CTO, Open
Age: 27
Ajeesh Achuthan co founded Open Financial Technologies — one of the world’s fastest growing neo-banking platforms. It provides financial services to MSMEs.

Nikhil Kumar
Co-Founder, Setu
Age: 29

Nikhil Kumar led the team that built the BHIM app, that is owned by the government. The app was developed by the government to push India towards a cashless economy.

Abhay Rangan
CEO, Goodmylk
Age: 22
Abhay Rangan, who started out as an active animal rights activist, is the CEO of Goodmylk. The startup provides plant based affordable milk in India.

Krishna Gupta
Founder, 1441 Pizzeria
Age: 27
Krishna Gupta owns 1441 Pizzeria which serves fresh pizza made from woodfire ovens. The company which has five outlets now has ambitions to expand to 100.

Priya Prakash
Founder And CEO, HealthSetGo
Age: 28
Prakash, who is a graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, founded HealthSetGo to encourage healthy food habits amongst people.


Gourish Singla
Founder, Shivom
Age: 26

Gourish Singla manages a blockchain startup named Shivom that provides genetic information to doctors. His startup was named in the top 50 innovative companies around the world at Smart Health Conference in Dubai in 2018.

Jubin Varghese, Ameya Gadiwan
Co-Founders, Gegadyne Energy
Age: 24,25
Jubin Varghese, Ameya Gadiwan founded Gegadyne Energy in 2015 with an aim to provide a better alternative to lithium-ion batteries. It also won an award as the Startup of the year in 2019.


Eshan Sadasivan

CEO, PROSOC Innovators
Age: 29
Eshan is an IIT Kanpur alumni who designed a foldable table that would help students in rural India. It aims to change the infrastructure deficit in India’s rural schools where students squat on the floor.

Abhishek Gupta, Rishabh Verma

CEO And COO, NavGurukul
Age: 27, 24
Abhishek Gupta and Rishabh Verma are the CEO and COO of a NavGurukul which facilitates a one year residential programme to teach coding skills to low-income millennials.


Suthirth Vaidya, Abhijith Chunduru, Adarsh Raj
CEO, CTO, Chief Architect And Co-Founders, Predible Health
Age: 27, 26, 27
Suthirth Vaidya, Abhijith Chunduru, Adarsh Raj together run Predible Health, a startup that uses AI to help doctors identify diseases.

Saurabh Chaudhary
Sportsman
Age: 17
Chaudhary is the youngest person to feature on the list. The teen shooter who won a gold medal at the Asian games.

Deepak Punia
Wrestler
Age: 21
Punia is an Indian wrestler who won a silver medal at the World Wrestling Championship. He is now looking forward to participating in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics.

Akhil Aryan
Co-Founder, ION Energy
Age: 28
Akhil Aryan built Haptik — the world’s largest conversational AI platform. He is the co-founder of ION Energy, a battery management and intelligence platform that provides batteries.

Amiya Adwitiya, Sisir Koppaka
CEO and CTO, Squadcast
Age: 29, 29
Amiya Adwitiya and Sisir Koppaka work with Squadcast as CEO and CTO respectively. Squadcast is a SaaS company that fixes the IT problems of their clients.

See also: YouTuber Bhuvan Bam of BB Ki Vines makes to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list
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