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People to watch out for: Forbes India 30 Under 30 Special Mentions

These young achievers just missed making it into the Forbes India 30 Under 30 list of 2019. Forbes India will track their progress, and we hope to see some of them make it to the Class of 2020!

Published: Feb 11, 2019 11:02:28 AM IST
Updated: Feb 14, 2019 11:32:46 AM IST


Nidhi Pant | 26
Swapnil Kokate | 29
Co-founders, S4S Technologies (Science for Society)

Nidhi Pant and Swapnil Kokate along with Vaibhav Tidke, 32, CEO, Ganesh Bhere, 33, Tushar Gaware, 35, Shital Somani, 31, Ashwin Pawade, 31, co-founded S4S Technologies in 2013. They sell their patented Solar Conduction Dryer technology to dehydrate fruits and vegetables (which reduces wastage and increases shelf life) to farmers and use it to process food themselves. S4S also trains farmers, mostly women, to use its dryers.

(Left)Anvitha Prashant & Maitreyi Hegde

Maitreyi Hegde |26
Anvitha Prashant | 24
Co-founders, Native Circle

Launched in 2016 by Maitreyi Hegde, Anvitha Prashant, Mahesh Hegde, 38, and Swayamprabha Mahesh, 30, Native Circle helps farmers in the entire organic farming chain. The startup forms clusters where it conducts workshops and trains farmers. It has been working in Karnataka and is active in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The produce of each cluster is supplied at B2B and B2C levels. It is also made available on ecommerce websites, as well as the organisation’s website.

Image: Richa Sinha

Ayesha Singh | 27

Ayesha Singh graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, and got her master’s degree in sculpture from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through photography, drawing, video and installation, Singh questions how architecture defines our identities in a delightful and analytical manner.


Ananya Khaitan | 24
Graphic Designer

The NID graduate feels compelled to use his skillset to amplify urgent issues, be it sex abuse, privacy protection, drug addiction or mental health. His work has been lauded at design conferences, and awarded some of the highest honours. He is the only designer consulted by the Supreme Court’s committee on design guidelines for privacy policy documents for its efforts to improve data protection. He has been invited to the 2019 International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication, at Patras, Greece.

Nirupa Rao | 28
Botanical Illustrator

Named a National Geographic Young Explorer in 2017, she is one of a handful of Indian botanical illustrators. An INK fellow, she is reviving a historically significant field to correct inadequacies in photography and to address ‘Plant Blindness’, a phenomenon by which urbanisation alienates us from our natural surroundings. Through hours of detailing, she tackles an underrated subject. Her first book, Pillars of Life, with 80 illustrations of trees native to the Western Ghats rainforests, has been authored by botanists Divya Mudappa and Shankar Raman.

Bhuvan Bam | 24

He holds the distinction of being the first Indian YouTuber to cross 10 million subscribers. Bhuvan Bam’s ‘BB Ki Vines’ channel features content revolving around relatable middle-class characters. He also pursues his love for singing and has even produced and acted in a short film, Plus Minus.


Mohammed Mazhar | 29
Founder, Mohammed Mazhar

Based out of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Mazhar launched his collection, called Dhobighat, at the 2018 Lakme Fashion Week under the Skill India and the National Employment Scheme. As part of his label’s ideology, he collaborates with communities of tradesmen and craftsmen for each of his collections, to support Indian artisans.

Image: P Ravikumar


Abhay Rangan | 22
CEO, Goodmylk

Rangan started out as an animal rights activist at 16, and went on to start Goodmylk, a venture to make plant milk affordable in India. Goodmylk retails vegan milk online throughout India, and claims to be the first Indian company to make vegan yogurt. “None of the big players in this segment in India is focusing on products such as cheese or butter,” he says.

Goodmylk has got seed funding of $400,000 from Texas-based angel investor Stephen Sturdivant.  

Nikita Thakkar | 28
Founder and CEO, Entisi Chocolatier

London School of Economics graduate-turned-baker Nikita Thakkar set up Entisi Chocolatier in 2017, to enter the premium artisanal chocolates space that is dominated by European players. Entisi sources pure cocoa from Madagascar, Ghana and Indonesia to complement the flavour of each piece: Madagascar's fruity cocoa for cranberry fills and Ghana's nutty cocoa for hazelnut fills. Entisi earned ₹1.2 crore in FY18 and expects to hit ₹1.8 crore in FY19 to break even.


Manoj Sanker | 27
Co-founder, NemoCare

Manoj Sanker’s medtech startup NemoCare has developed a sensor-based wearable device for newborns. It is made from organic cotton and tracks a range of vital medical parameters to ensure a baby isn’t in distress. It has received grants from the Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship-IIT Hyderabad, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Jubin Varghese | 24
Ameya Gadiwan | 23
CEO; CTO and co-founders, Gegadyne Energy

Gegadyne Energy feels high-energy density supercapacitors can solve India’s electric vehicle adoption woes. It creates nanocomposites and builds supercapacitors to make battery packs that charge in 15 minutes. The commonly used li-ion technology isn’t chemically sound for fast charging and affects its life cycle. The firm is tweaking the low energy density of its supercapacitors to change that.

Image: Eddie Safarik / Reuters

Manu Bhaker | 16

Manu Bhaker can’t vote or drive yet, but has won a Commonwealth gold in 10m air pistol, beating former world No 1 Heena Sidhu. The 16-year-old from Haryana has been a permanent fixture in the gold medals tally in international competitions, including the ISSF World Cup in Mexico and the Youth Olympics in Argentina. At the latter, she also became the first Indian shooter to win a gold.

(This story appears in the 15 February, 2019 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)