Who is a successful entrepreneur? Entrepreneurship encompasses multiple factors such as journey, achievements, recognition, awards and of course financial returns. We list some inspiring young entrepreneurs who have made a mark for themselves.

Entrepreneur, Investor & Philanthropist

KNOWN FOR: Founder & CEO – Asian Fox Developments (Group of Companies), Global Web Mount, Mind-In Advertising and Group For Buddies

JOURNEY: He started working professionally on computers when he was only 11 years old. His knowledge of 7+ computer programming language comes from books and the internet. He formed his first company Asian Fox Developments (now a group of companies) in 2011. He was only 13 years old then. When the organization celebrated its 5th anniversary, it had 1,00,000+ customer and users worldwide; 70+ employees and resources; 15,000+ resellers and distributors, and 5+ Datacenters (India, USA, UK, Hong Kong and Turkey)

TOTAL INVESTMENT: Rs 10,000 (from his mother Kunjam D Chawla).


  • Received an Appreciation Letter at Prime Minister’s Office
  • Awarded as ‘Young Entrepreneur of The Year’ twice
  • Titled as ‘India’s Youngest CEO With A Heart Of Gold’

BHAVIN TURAKHIA (36-year-old)

KNOWN FOR: Co-founder and CEO of Directi Group

JOURNEY: He started working on computers professionally when he was 14 years old. He co-founded the Directi Group with an initial investment from his father. After 18 years in the industry, in 2016, the value of Directi Group was around $1.4 billion. That was when he joined the billionaire club in India.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: Rs 1,00,000 (his father)


  • Entrepreneur of the Year in Innovation and Technology (2016)
  • Serial Entrepreneur of the Year (2016)
  • Young Global Leader (2011)
  • Bharti Entrepreneur of the Year


KNOWN FOR: Founder & CEO of OYO Rooms

JOURNEY: He launched his first start‐up, Oravel Stays Pvt Ltd in the year 2012 when he was only 19 years old. It is fascinating to note that OYO started with 1 city and 1 hotel in Gurgaon in January 2013. In 2016 OYO Rooms operate in more than 200 Indian cities and even in Malaysia.


  • Finalist of Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards-India
  • Top 50 Entrepreneurs at NEN First Dot
  • NCSE National Awardee
  • Seasoned Author of a Best Seller – ‘Encyclopaedia of Indian Engineering Colleges’- ISBN:818355458X
  • World’s Youngest CEO at 17 (recognized at 16)


KNOWN AS: Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Global INC

JOURNEY: Bangalore based entrepreneur, he held the record for being the youngest CEO in the world at one point in time. He took charge as CEO at the age of 17, three years after founding the IT multinational company, and at the time, was named the world’s youngest CEO. He taught himself to make websites with the help of books and made his one as, http://www.coolhindustan. com, when he was only 14 years old, and incorporated his company Global INC., the same year in 2000.


  • In 2005, he was the youngest among the 175 recipients of Karnataka’s Rajyotsava Award.
  • On December 2, 2007, The European Parliament and International Association for Human Values conferred ‘Young Achiever Award’ on him at the European Parliament, Brussels.
  • He was announced as ‘Young Global Leader’ for 2008–2009 by the World Economic Forum, Davos.
  • He holds a diploma in global leadership and public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University.

Entrepreneur, Writer

KNOWN FOR: Heads TAC Security

JOURNEY: Trishneet is a big name in the digital industry. He failed in his academics but he proved that failing in school or in a subject cannot define your intelligence. Before he turned 22, he had written three books namely, Hacking TALK with Trishneet Arora, The Hacking Era, and Hacking With Smartphones. Trishneet heads TAC Security, a firm that works to provide cyber security to various giant organizations and companies in India including Reliance, Amul, Punjab Police, Gujarat Police etc.


KNOWN FOR: CEO of a 50 crore company

JOURNEY: Being born as a blind child, life has not been easy for this young entrepreneur. Many neighbours and relatives even suggested smothering him in order to reduce future pains but his parents were determined to ensure he lived a good meaningful life. He is the CEO of the Hyderabad-based Bollant Industry which employs uneducated and disabled people to manufacture eco- friendly and disposable consumer packaging solutions which is worth 50 crores.


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