Bharat Mandapam, (New Delhi) [India]: Startup Reporter, the leading platform for startups and entrepreneurs’ news is pleased to announce the Top 30 Business Icons of 2023. This prestigious list features some of India’s most successful and innovative business leaders who have made significant contributions to the country’s economic growth.

The announcement was made post Indian Mobile Congress Opening held at Bharat Mandapam. The event brought together leaders of India’s technology and business communities to discuss the emerging trends and opportunities in the digital economy.

“We are thrilled to recognize the Top 30 Business Icons who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and innovation in their respective industries,” said the senior editor of Startup Reporter. “These individuals have not only achieved remarkable success in their businesses but have also made a lasting impact on the Indian economy.”

The Top 30 Business Icons of 2023 list includes a diverse range of industry leaders across various sectors, including technology, healthcare, finance, retail, and more.

  1. Ritesh Agarwal: Oyo Rooms’ founder & CEO, Agarwal, has redefined India’s hospitality industry with his tech-savvy approach and user-centric services.
  2. Bhavish Aggarwal: As the co-founder and CEO of Ola, Aggarwal has revolutionized the Indian ride-hailing sector, creating a convenient and accessible transportation network.
  3. Vidhi Merchant: Vidhi Merchant is the CEO, Founder and Psychologist. She started The Mood Space in 2019 to offer therapy in a confidential, affordable and convenient way with a mission to provide quality mental health care. The platform caters to both, individuals as well as business through their Employee Experience Program.
  4. Kapil Gupta: Ruhe Kitchen & Bathroom Fittings brand’s Founder & Director Kapil Gupta, established RUHE in 2020 as a bootstrapped startup, Ruhe Kitchen and Bathroom Fittings is India’s fastest-growing digital brand in its sector.
  5. Anant Tanted: Anant Tanted, Founder and CEO of The Indian Garage Co., a prominent Indian D2C fast-fashion brand. Raised in Kolkata from a lineage of garment makers, Anant has 17+ years of industry experience. His journey began in college, displaying surplus branded apparel, followed by 2 years at a top apparel manufacturer.
  6. Falguni Nayar: Nykaa’s founder empowers women in India with a one-stop e-commerce platform for beauty and wellness products.
  7. Kunal Shah: A serial entrepreneur, Shah is known for founding the digital payment platform FreeCharge and the game-changing CRED.
  8. Abhishek Vyas: Abhishek Vyas is the CEO of Rich Kardz, a 9x serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and podcaster. He founded and ran successful businesses such as My Haul Store, Rich Kardz, Giftcardxpert, and Surprise by Mr. Vyas.
  9. Anjan Pathak: Anjan is a CTO and co-founder of Vantage Circle. He is a technology leader with over two decades of experience building and deploying cross-channel web applications. Apart from being a technology leader.
  10. Vedant Kedia: Vedant Kedia is the Chief Growth Officer at STOK India. The 25-year-old is a dynamic leader hailing from a family with a rich legacy in the alcohol industry.
  11. Byju Raveendran: With BYJU’s, Raveendran has transformed the education sector in India by providing engaging and interactive learning experiences.
  12. SHRAWAN DAGA: Shrawan Daga is a Founder & CEO of Krishna’s Herbal & Ayurveda. At the age of 23 in 2007, Shrawan launched Krishna Ayurved out of his savings and started by manufacturing Aloe Vera juice in a batch of 50 bottles, followed by Amla juice, With a little investment of Rs 5000
  13. Nithin Kamath: The founder and CEO of Zerodha, Kamath has democratized stock trading in India by offering low-cost brokerage services.
  14. Rahul Sharma: Micromax’s co-founder has made high-quality smartphones affordable for millions, contributing to India’s mobile revolution.
  15. Raj Pyla: Raj Pyla is the Chairman and Managing Director of Eyegear Optics,  founded EyeGear Optics in 2008 with the vision to provide high-quality affordable eyewear to customers across all age groups and socio-economics strata in India.
  16. Yuvraj A. Thakker: Yuvraj is a Managing Director of StoxBox, is a third-generation entrepreneur and finance innovator. Driven by his passion for transparency, he sought to transform India’s share market. StoxBox, regulated by SEBI and following stockbroker standards, focuses on user-centric innovation.
  17. Ashish Hemrajani: BookMyShow’s CEO has revolutionized ticket booking in India, making it easy and hassle-free for entertainment seekers.
  18. Kavin Bharti Mittal: Hike Messenger’s founder has created a homegrown messaging app that caters to the diverse needs of Indian users.
  19. Sriharsha Majety: Swiggy’s CEO has reshaped the food delivery industry by providing prompt and reliable services across India.
  20. Ankush Sachdeva: ShareChat’s founder has created a regional social media platform where Indians can connect and engage in their preferred languages.
  21. Pankaj Makkar: As the CEO of Bertelsmann India Investments, Makkar has been a strong advocate for supporting and funding India’s startup ecosystem.
  22. Karthik Reddy: Co-founder and managing partner of Blume Ventures, Reddy has nurtured and mentored numerous successful startups in India.
  23. Shradha Sharma: Through YourStory, Sharma has championed the cause of Indian entrepreneurship by showcasing inspiring startup stories and fostering a supportive ecosystem.
  24. Sairee Chahal: Founder and CEO of SHEROES, an empowering social platform for women, Chahal has been influential in promoting gender equality in business.
  25. Alok Kejriwal: Kejriwal is recognized for founding Games2win, a leading mobile gaming company that has captured the imagination of Indian gamers.
  26. Amit Kumar Agarwal: NoBroker’s founder and CEO has simplified the rental market in India, eliminating the need for brokers and enabling direct connections between tenants and owners.
  27. Rajesh Sawhney: Through GSF Accelerator, Sawhney has contributed to the growth of Indian startups by providing mentorship and funding opportunities.
  28. Abhinav Asthana: As the founder and CEO of Postman, Asthana has revolutionized API development by providing a reliable and user-friendly platform for developers.
  29. Girish Mathrubootham: With Freshworks, Mathrubootham has brought world-class customer engagement software to businesses across India.
  30. Deepak Garg: Rivigo’s founder has transformed the trucking industry by introducing technology-driven logistics solutions, improving efficiency and reducing delivery times.

These top 30 business icons exemplify the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of India, making significant contributions to various sectors. Through their vision, determination, and breakthrough ideas, they inspire countless others to dream big and contribute to the Indian startup ecosystem.


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