Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, star gymnast Dipa Karmakar and actor Alia Bhatt are among the 53 Indians on the list of Forbes’ list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 who are “pushing boundaries of innovation”.
The second Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ Asia list 2017 features 300 impressive young entrepreneurs across 10 categories, including entertainment, finance and venture capital, retail, social entrepreneurs and enterprise technology.
With 53 achievers on the list, India is second only to China which has 76 honorees.
With her stint at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, 23-year-old Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian female gymnast to compete in the Olympics.
“While she didn’t win a medal, she ranked an impressive fourth on her first-ever Olympic outing, missing the bronze by a hair's breadth – 0.15 points,” Forbes said, adding that she performed the Produnova vault in the finals, making her one of only five gymnasts to ever successfully do so.
After entering the film fraternity at the age of 18 with ‘Student of the Year’, Alia Bhat, now 24, has acted in over 20 high-grossing Bollywood movies, with at least six of them grossing well over $15 million worldwide in opening weeks.
Sakshi Malik, 24, became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Rio Olympics when she bagged a bronze in wrestling.
Forbes noted that Malik, who hails from Rohtak, was faced with a lot of opposition when she took up the sport at age 12.
Sharath Gayakwad is India’s first Paralympic swimmer, coach and Arjuna award winner.
“Swimming wasn’t enough – he realised that the struggle to find swim apparel was still difficult in India – so he formed Gamatics, an aggregator between international brands and domestic retailers, for anyone to find swimwear in India,” Forbes said about the 25-year-old, who has 96 medals to his name.
Trisha Shetty, 26, is the founder of SheSays, an Indian non-profit that empowers the country’s women to act against sexual violence by providing education, legal, medical as well as psychological support.
So far, the organisation has engaged more than 60,000 young people through educational workshops and online, creating awareness and support to survivors who often reach out to share their personal stories and ask for help through SheSays’ social media platforms.
Ankit Kawatra, 25, founded Feeding India. His foundation aims to solve the country’s hunger problem by providing free meals through volunteers and donation centres. Restaurants and individuals can sign up on the Feeding India app in order to donate food, which is then collected and distributed to people in need.
Srikanth Bolla, studied business management at MIT. Today, the “first international blind student at MIT,” is the founder of Bollant Industries.
The 25-year-old’s brainchild, which is headquartered in Hyderabad, employs and trains differently-abled individuals to manufacture eco-friendly and compostable packaging.
The youngest Indians on the list are brothers Sanjay, 15, and Shravan Kumaran, 17. Five years ago, the teens founded GoDimensions, a mobile app developer. Till date, the two have built a total of seven apps for the App Store and three for Google Play, including goDonate, a platform for sharing excess food, clothes and furniture with those in need.
Their apps have clocked over 70,000 downloads in over 60 countries. The duo hold the distinction of being the youngest Mobile Application Programmers in India by Apple, Forbes said.
Kavin Bharti Mittal, 29, is the founder of Hike, an instant messaging service designed to rival WhatsApp. The app currently has over 100 million users and is valued at $1.4 billion.
Ishita Anand, 27, is the CEO of India’s first online social crowdfunding platform –BitGiving – which is also partners with NGO CRY (Children’s Rights and You) and Amnesty International.
(With inputs from PTI.)
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