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Forbes India 30 under 30 – 2020

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At Forbes India, our team deals with success stories on a daily basis. We find ourselves in the same room with game changers and some of the richest and most successful businesspeople multiple times a year. Is it awe-inspiring? Definitely. But if there’s a time when we are truly awestruck, it is when we are working to discover the next class of Forbes India 30 Under 30. We go through hundreds of nominations, and every now and then, you will hear someone in the newsroom exclaim, “What have we achieved so far?!”

The class of 2020 for Forbes India 30 Under 30 is no different. These sub-30 somethings have all created something formidable with limited exposure and resources with only one goal in mind: To stand out from the crowd.

This year, we have 17 categories, including a new one—Digital Content Creators—to keep up with the trend of social media creators and influencers. YouTuber Bhuvan Bam graduated from ‘Watch Out For’ to debut in this category, along with Gaurav Chaudhary, better known as Technical Guruji, who has 15 million subscribers on YouTube.


Abhay Rangan
CEO, Goodmylk
Age: 22

Goodmylk was set up with the aim to make plant-based milk affordable in India. Apart from vegan milk, it retails vegan yogurt, mayonnaise and butter from vegetable oils.
Abhishek Gupta, Rishabh Verma
CEO And COO, NavGurukul
Age: 27, 24

NavGurukul runs a one-year residential programme for low-income youth, to train them in employable software coding skills.
Ajai Thandi, Ashwajeet Singh, Arman Sood
Co-Founders, Sleepy Owl Coffee
Age: 29, 28,

Launched from a two-bedroom apartment in Delhi, the coffee brand, sold across 1,000 retail outlets in New Delhi and Mumbai, claims to have 60,000 customers.

Ajeesh Achuthan
Co-Founder And CTO, Open
Age: 28

27-year-old Ajeesh Achuthan's Open is a neo-banking platform, especially catered to making financial operations easy for startups and MSMEs.
Akanksha Deo Sharma
Designer, Ikea
Age: 28

The only Indian designer at IKEA, Sharma uses Indian textile history, handicrafts and construction techniques to make minimal, playful products.
Akhil Aryan
Co-Founder, ION Energy
Age: 28

To accelerate the transition to an all-electric future, the battery management and intelligence platform uses analytics to improve battery performance.
Akshat Bansal
Founder, Bloni
Age: 29

Akshat Bansal reimagines the traditional chanderi fabric, and blends craft and technology to provide sustainable solutions that are also fashion forward.

Akshay Chaturvedi
CEO, Leverage Edu
Age: 29

Leverage Edu, a platform focussed on career counselling and university admission, has catered to about 10,000 students and is on course to clock Rs 10 crore in revenue in FY20.

Amiya Adwitiya, Sisir Koppaka
CEO And CTO, Squadcast
Age: 29, 29

Squadcast is a SaaS company that ensures that the IT systems of its customers are running seamlessly, fixing everything from simple glitches to complete breakdowns.


Aravind Sanka, Pavan Guntupalli, SR Rishikesh
Co-Founders, Rapido
Age: 28, 28, 27

Rapido's motorcycle taxis, now available in 100 cities across the country, have made the company one of the most sought-after startups in India.

Bhuvan Bam
Age: 26

The first Indian YouTuber to hit 2 million subscribers, Bhuvan Bam now has 16 million, and was recently invited to the World Economic Forum.

Deepak Punia
Age: 21

Deepak Punia became the first Indian in 18 years to win a Junior World Championship, and will represent India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Ullas Samrat, Dhruv Khanna
Co-Founders, Triton Foodworks
Age: 29, 29

The self-funded startup uses hydroponics and low-cost, internet-enabled smart farms that use 300 times less land; clocked in Rs1 crore turnover last fiscal.

Eshan Sadasivan
CEO, PROSOC Innovators
Age: 29

29-year-old Eshan Sadasivan's company is the maker of the lightweight Deskit bag, which has a foldable study table attached for rural students.

Gaurav Chaudhary
Age: 28

You know him as Technical Guruji, his YouTube channel where he breaks down all things tech—not just as reviews but also how the tech works—for his 15 million subscribers.


Gourish Singla
Founder, Shivom
Age: 26

Aiming to make India disease-free in 5 years, Shivom provides genetic data to pharma companies, while ensuring the individual remains anonymous and is incentivised.

Jubin Varghese, Ameya Gadiwan
Co-Founders, Gegadyne Energy
Age: 25, 24

Gegadyne Energy has developed a proprietary non-lithium battery technology that can charge a car battery from 0 to 100 percent in under 15 minutes.

Krishna Gupta
Founder, 1441 Pizzeria
Age: 27

Gupta's 1441 Pizzeria employs Italian wood ovens and offers a Make Your Own Pizza option. Its revenue grew from Rs 2.88 cr in 2017 to Rs 8.41 cr in 2019.

Krishnakant Mishra
Brand Content Lead, Ogilvy
Age: 28

Mishra criss-crossed India for 1,200 days over four years, leading HUL rural's high-stakes Kumbh campaign.

Nikhil Kumar
Co-Founder, Setu
Age: 29

Nikhil Kumar has created APIs for Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and led the team that built BHIM. His platform, Setu, helps connect companies to financial services providers.

Palak Shah
CEO, Ekaya
Age: 28

Shah is focused on propagating the versatility and global appeal of Indian heritage weaves, and with Ekaya, supports more than 8,000 weavers.


Priya Prakash
Founder And CEO, HealthSetGo
Age: 28

Bullied for being overweight as a child, Prakash set up HealthSetGo to provide health programmes in schools and is now focused on policy advocacy too.

Rishabh Karwa, Nitin Rana
Co-Founders, GoMechanic
Age: 26, 29

The tech platform connects car-owners to quick, affordable and quality servicing, and raised Rs35 crore in a Series-A round in 2019.

Sai Pallavi
Age: 27

Sai Pallavi did her first film when she was in Class 6 to miss math class. Today, after playing some memorable characters in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films, she wants to experiment with 'better roles' and 'chiselled characters'.

Sai Gole, Siddharth Dialani
Co-Founders, BharatAgri
Age: 26, 26

BharatAgri's algorithm tells farmers what to grow, when, and how to grow it to maximise production and farmer income.

Sanket Jadia
Age: 28

The 28-year-old artist has developed a practice that deals with history and historical images that chronicle events of conflict and violence, and how it shapes the society's perception of them.

Saurabh Chaudhary
Age: 17

He has won two golds at the Asian Games, a world record in 10m air pistol, and a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Suthirth Vaidya, Abhijith Chunduru, Adarsh Raj
CEO, CTO, Chief Architect And Co-Founders, Predible Health
Age: 27, 26, 27

Predible Health uses AI to analyse radiology imaging, helping doctors identify diseases and abnormalities.

Varun Khona
Co-Founder And CEO, Headout
Age: 29

Headout is an AI-powered platform to design curated tourist experiences for last-minute travellers, launched globally.

Vikash Bakrewala
Division Director, Sales & Marketing (South India), B9 Beverages
Age: 29

The youngest sales leader at the beer company, Bakrewala helped Bira and Boom expand to five geographical clusters in a year.


The research process was three-fold: One, interviews by the Forbes India team with sources across relevant categories as well as through studies of databases and media coverage. Two, on, inviting applications from, or nominations of, entrepreneurs and professionals who fit the criteria. Three, spreading the word on social media.

This helped us arrive at a longlist of over 255 names across 17 categories. The next step was narrowing down to a ‘shorter longlist’—the names most likely to make it to the top 30. This pool of about 85 names was decided in consultation with experts in each category. The last stage was finalising the 30 winners for 2020. Armed with expert views, the Forbes India editorial team debated, argued and vetoed its way down to the final 30. We realised there were some others who deserved to be featured under ‘Watch out for’.

We have only considered for selection those who were under the age of 30 as of December 31, 2019 (the cut-off date for selection of the list). Thus, in the case of enterprises which have several co-founders, we have considered only those where at least one of them is under 30.

(In the case of entrepreneurial firms where there are several co-founders, Forbes India considers these to be a singular entity.)

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