10 Famous Teenpreneurs who became CEO
We all know about Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, who started Facebook when he was a teenager. Like Zuckerberg, Michael Dell started Dell Inc. from his dorm room at the age of 19.
If you are a Subway fan, Fred DeLuca started the subway in 1965 when he was just 17. Matt Mullenweg started WordPress at the age of 19. These people went on to break the usual practice of career planning and carved their own paths.
We have heard stories of CEOs from other countries, but we would like to celebrate teen mavericks from India who are setting a new trend. Being an entrepreneur is one of the most sought-after career aspirations for Gen Z and Gen Alpha. We are sure these stories will inspire you to take the first step toward the world of entrepreneurship. Some stories will really surprise you as they have broken all the stereotypes and developed ideas that one could not even think of.
1. Ritesh Agarwal: Founder and CEO of OYO Rooms
He began working when he was just 13 when he used to sell SIM cards. He started this venture when he was just 17 in 2012, and today he is one of the most successful founders. He dropped out of college and was selected for the Thiel Fellowship (started by Peter Thiel) in 2013. BusinessInsider named Ritesh as one of the 8 hottest teen startup founders globally in 2013. At 17, he was honored as the world’s youngest CEO.
2. Ranveer Allahbadia : Founder Beerbiceps
He is one of the most famous young Indian entrepreneurs living in Mumbai, India. He is a renowned fitness coach, YouTuber, and social media influencer. He started his YouTube channel, BeerBiceps in 2014. He is famous for his inspirational and motivational videos on fitness, yoga, relationship advice, career, etc.
Ranveer is also the co-founder of Monk-E, which offers various services such as fashion, cooking, yoga, grooming, etc. He shares inspiring stories through videos about his success and his battle with obesity, substance abuse, and depression. He also talks about experiences and how these led to his career failure, and how he overcame that is inspiring.
3. Advait Thakur: Founder and CEO of Apex Infosys
Advait is a young tech entrepreneur who is changing the world. He is an Indian computer programmer and serial entrepreneur. He founded Apex Infosys when he was 12 years old. The company is now a global technology and innovation company that specializes in IoT-related services and products, AI, and the Health Tech sectors. Advait is also the youngest Google, Bing, and Hubspot Certified Professional.
He launched his first website at age nine and has been working with Google’s AI and Natural Language Processing APIs ever since. He is also recognised as one of the youngest CEOs in the country by CEOInsights.
4. Tilak Mehta: Founder Papers N Parcels
Inspiration for a startup can come from anywhere. Tilak’s venture illustrates this perfectly. His startup idea stems from a personal problem he faced. Tilak needed some books urgently from the other parts of Mumbai city.
But after waiting all day for his father to return from work so he could go and get them, he was left disappointed as his father was just too tired. Tilak identified this problem and conceptualized a startup that could deliver small parcels within the city on the same day. His venture, Paper N Parcels immediately found traction and took off. Started with a vision of delivering papers and small packages within Mumbai in a day. The online courier company delivers documents and letters to offices in Mumbai in a day. He has a tie-up with the dabbawalas of Mumbai who along with the dabbas also deliver the packages as per their area.
Tilak is also among the youngest Forbes panelists, a TEDx speaker, and a Youngest Entrepreneur award in the Logistics Sector.
5. Vinusha MK: Founder Four Seasons Pastry
A simple cake baking task to surprise her mother on her birthday led Vinusha to start an enterprise of her own – Four Seasons Pastry. With the help of YouTube videos and a friend, she managed to bake one and surprise her mother. She realised that she had a knack and wanted to take it further, which was supported by her parents.
She was 9 years old at that time. Vinusha bakes and sells cupcakes inspired by the four seasons. She is scaling up her business and has already launched a baking kit that comes complete with ingredients and recipes, homemade chocolates, sandwiches, and more. Every order of hers is baked with passion.
6. Farrhad Acidwalla: Founder Cybernetic Digital and Rockstah Media
He created an online community for aero-modelling and aviation. When he was 17, he was interviewed by CNN, and it was soon after that he started his successful venture Rockstah Media. Rockstah Media is a one-stop style destination for web development, marketing, and beyond.
7. Akhilendra Sahu: Founder & CEO of ASTNT Technologies Pvt Ltd, Technical Next Technologies, FoodChilli & InfinityFame
If you search for “Youngest Serial Entrepreneur.” Akhilendra Sahu’s name comes up in the top list of Google searches. He is setting a benchmark for newcomers in digital media marketing. He started working as a freelancer to get insights into the IT industry. He faced multiple challenges as people stopped him from starting his own venture citing his young age as a reason. But, he was motivated and ignored these confrontations. After gaining experience, he started his own company, which has become India’s largest IT company today.
8. Rohit Kashyap: Founder, Maytree School of Entrepreneurship
A young boy from Bihar faced a lot of difficulties in studying because of the unavailability of resources in his area. But, he was motivated to complete his studies. He won Olympiads and was ranked under 1000 in the ICAI Commerce Wizard.
He faced so many challenges completing his studies and hence thought of helping other students with their education. Within 45 days, he got more than 300 calls for assistance. With such a fantastic response, he thought of helping these kids when he was just 14. He opened the Maytree School of Entrepreneurship to help kids attain education without any struggle. He is also a Quora influencer and has millions of followers.
9. Suumit Shah: Founder and CEO of Dukaan
Started with the Dukaan app, a DIY platform that enables merchants with no programming experience to set up an e-commerce business by using their mobile phones. He began his journey at the age of 19. He started the app in just 48 hours, and within just a couple of years, millions of merchants started using this app. While pursuing engineering, he learned web design and programming with his roommate.
10. Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran: Founder GoDimensions
The brothers are the youngest app developers and owners of businesses in the country. They started coding as their hobby, and have achieved great success. The first app they created was “Catch Me Cop’ which was launched in the Apple Store, and after that, some of the other apps they created were Colour Palette, Prayer Planet, Alphabet Board, etc.